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  • Breath

  • The New Science of a Lost Art
  • De : James Nestor
  • Lu par : James Nestor
  • Durée : 7 h et 18 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (39 notations)

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    A New York Times Best Seller

    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020 

    Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

    “A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe - and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love)

    No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.

    There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: Take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

    Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

    ©2020 James Nestor (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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    Strange

    I do not know the right word. It's interesting but also… weird. I mean, it would be really extraordinary if the scale of changes to the body as described were so significant. I wish there were footnotes to check the studies that are alluded to. If there is really something that significant as the book claim to all this, no doubt we will ear from it again with other work and more studies, more concrete and "academic". I do not think it's the author fault, but in that case, the audio format do not serve the text well. Although, if it were not for the audio format, I would never have found the time to even bother listening to something on the subject. No perfect solution, only tradeoffs.

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    fantastic !

    well written, interesting subject. Can't believe there are not that many books on the subject

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    Fantastic

    It’s a book that I have listened to, but I loved it so much I’ll be also be buying the book itself too. The author makes a superb narrator too, and the whole listening experience is very enjoyable!

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    Very important book

    It's a very good book with precious informations about breath that are useful to everyone

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    excellent to finally Understand the Breath

    Thank you Nestor ! I redescovered my breath again!
    Sweet mix between science and ancient traditions. The stories are comprehensive and well paced.

    Brilliant!

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    • 13/07/2020

    Does NOT coincide with Book text

    Although read by the author, which is often a positive, this audiobook reading varies significantly from the book text. Every paragraph is different in one or multiple ways, making reading along difficult. The audio version often skips entire paragraphs, leaving out key information. Annoying.

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    • StephAZ
    • 30/05/2020

    Utterly fascinating

    I have a bad back and learned from physical therapist how to breath properly and it actually helped. Then I go to a couple different group events around food and wellbeing and sure enough they teach us to breath where I also learned of anders Ollson and conscious breathing. Randomly found out about this book on NPR fresh air. It is utterly fascinating and reinforces everything i learned prior to this. I couldn’t stop listening. I have back, sleep and brain fog issues. I definitely plan to up my breathing game.

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    • Balto McGrath
    • 28/07/2020

    quackery

    So many things here are wrong and silly it’s hard to know where to start. Very disappointing. I’d certainly like to believe some of this stuff but the explanations proposed are totally bogus to gross misinterpretation of questionable “experts”. The author (reads his own work here) can’t pronounce basic medical terminology, which is forgivable, but demonstrates he wrote this from dr google rather than speaking to a person. It’s obvious that they didn’t get a medical professional, or a high school biology student, to fact check it when he started talking about how venous blood is blue. This poor review is coming from an engineer and medical professional and athlete, with an interest in the purported subject matter. Do not waste your money/credit on this short fluff.

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    • Elisabeth
    • 16/06/2020

    Interesting

    While I did find parts of this book interesting. I felt like 'correct breathing' was being treated as a cure-all for everything. There is a disclaimer near the end of the book that addresses that and states that it won't cure all your ills, but I still feel that 'curing all your ills' was the premise of the book. I also felt that it ran on a little long. Did we really need a blow by blow of what it is like to stuff silicone plugs up your nose for an extended period of time? And was anyone surprised that this was a bad thing to do for your health?

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    • Christopher Kramlich
    • 29/05/2020

    Waited 3 years for this, worth it!!!

    Terrific read, it confirmed a lot of theories of mine on breath, training, yoga, and love.

    Nestor owns the subject and communicates wisdom, insight, and healing through a sea of seemingly unrelated stories. Renegade scientists railing against the National Institute for Health's oversight blend into Swedish playboy scientists weave into eccentric British colonels who discover the secret to eternal life and youth as Ave Maria and Om Padme On echo against the walls of the readers riveted mind. Artists leave high society to live with tall, beautiful, orthodontically perfect native Americans who raise children better than homo modernis.

    I want to read this book slowly enough to crawl through the bibliography; it is a novel containing multiple reads and practices that will heal it's readers. Enjoy!

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    • Mike
    • 16/06/2020

    Shut your mouth and raise your CO2 tolerance.

    Convincing arguments for improving oral health and immune system, lowering anxiety/asthma symptoms, and looking beautiful.

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    • K. Love
    • 09/07/2020

    EXCELLENT read, entertaining AND informative

    I can't say enough about this book or its author, James Nestor. I heard him talk on the NPR podcast Fresh Air, and was really interested in what he had to say about breathing, how it really is a lost art, and how throughout ancient history people always took breath into account in everyday life and even healing practices - something that we modern day people don't even think of, maybe for their whole lives. I bought the audible book and have listened to it three times in a row, and know its a book I will keep coming back to. The message is amazing, especially for someone who deals with modern day illnesses (autoimmune) and anxiety. He approaches the topic very scientifically, but also with entertaining anecdotes about each sub-topic, there were several jaw-drop moments for me. He also has a GREAT voice, and is really nice to listen to! Honestly, he just seems like an overall great guy, like someone you'd like to meet or get to know. I have started incorporating a few of the breathing exercises into my daily life, especially the slow breathing, and I can immediately notice a calming effect and reduction in my anxiety. I would give 10 stars if I could.

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    • T. Satter
    • 09/06/2020

    Scientific Book

    I found this very interesting. I had been doing the very first steps of Wim Hof's breathing exercises, and this book gives me some more understanding into what is going on. It also gives a lot more information. I am going to listen to this book more than once because there is a lot of things I want to remember.

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    • Irina Lee
    • 10/06/2020

    What a fascinating story 🌟

    As a writer, yoga teacher and breath coach, I’m beyond IN-SPIRED and impressed. 🙏🏻 This book is truly a piece of art. 📔 I will refer back to it - again and again. 🎧 Thank you so much, James Nestor, for putting down the hours, the hard work and all of the uncomfortable breaths it took to create this masterpiece. I truly appreciate it.

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    • Tyler O.
    • 29/05/2020

    So worthwhile!!

    The book is great!! Highly recommended. I loved the mix of historical as well as modern information to show us what should be and perhaps is obvious, breathing is important. Left me asking, why aren’t we putting more emphasis on breath!!?

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    • Trifulescu Victor
    • 20/04/2021

    Wiederspruchliche Pseudowissenschaft

    according to the book by breathing in some weird manner you will cure any disease. You have to breathe through the nose, but not too fast, not too slow, not even normal. you could breath from one nostril depending on what your needs are. You could breathe enough, but even too much. Breathing will improve your sleep, sex life, cure your cancer and your rheumatoid arthritis. A perfect representation of the power of pseudoscience and some how single individuals by reporting they're experience of miraculous improvements try to sell something: courses, books, interviews etc. Exactly how the author got to this book. In summary: Quakery

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    • Lappenclub
    • 27/11/2020

    Atemberaubend

    James Nestor hat mein Leben in der Woche des Hörens wahnsinnig bereichert. Es war so spannend, dass ich oft die gesamte Mittagspause raus bin um zu Hören und zu Atmen. Technisch ist das Buch ganz großes Kino, die verschiedenen Pulmonauten, der historische Kontext und die Wissenschaft werden so wunderbar verbunden, dass es immer eine Freude ist weiterzuhören. Es gibt keine Passagen die sich ziehen.
    Leider fällt das Buch am Ende etwas flach. Die praktischen Implikationen des Gelernten werden sehr kurz abgehandelt, alles endet etwas schal mit dem Yogi-Prana und dem ungelenken Versuch es wissenschaftlich einzuordnen. Hier hätte man das Thema vertiefen oder weglassen sollen, in dieser Form schadet es dem Buch meiner Meinung nach eher.
    Trotzdem ein Augen öffnendes Buch, das jeder gelesen haben sollte!

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    • Markus
    • 26/01/2021

    A life saver and game changer

    In 15 years of dealing with depression I have found nothing more helpful and practical than the methods described here.
    On top of that:
    Great overview, well written, fine journalistic approach.
    I very much enjoyed the author being a seeker and sceptic both.
    The book that made 2020 endurable and manageable.

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    • Nicole Reinhardt
    • 22/07/2020

    Da ist noch Luft nach oben. zwinkersmiley.

    Das Hörbuch hör ich jetzt wohl öfters. wieder was gelernt. wird sofort umgesetzt. Luft geben ist seeliger als nehmen. Danke und bis bald!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 19/07/2020

    Breathing is totally underrated

    I read this after I saw Joe Rogan post it on his podcast and I always knew I am not a good breather. After this book I finally manage to put together how the breathing techniques can influence our bodies and minds and more over that there are many different types of techniques that can each be used to induce a certain state.

    Great book!

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    • M
    • 07/08/2021

    Lange Rede kurzer Sinn

    Obwohl das Buch auf ein sehr wichtiges Thema eingeht, ist es unglaublich voll mit unendlichen Geschichten/Beispielen, die eigentlich dazu dienen sollen die Info zu illustrieren/beweisen usw. Allerdings sind diese sowas von überflüssig und verdünnen den Inhalt immens. Wo man denkt hier wuerde schonmal die Schlussfolgerung reichen, hören die Geschichten gar nicht auf. Insgesamt ist es also 80% unnötiges Drumherum und nur 20% richtiger Stoff. Das hat mich sehr irritiert und abgelenkt, wollte das Buch sogar zurückgeben aber es ging nicht.

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    • Chris
    • 10/06/2021

    Unfocused dancing between science and esoterics

    That this book ends with a warning label, so they won't be liable says a lot. With the subject matter being so interesting and underresearched it felt really bad that the author elevated some new age gurus and quacks to the same level as revolutionary research and ancient wisdoms. It is a rather scattered overview into everything connected to breathing and I really feel there could have been a way better book, or books if he focused on one subject matter and dug deep than just glance over it.

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    • R. J.
    • 12/09/2022

    7h bro-science, repeating & unstructured content

    One of those books that delivers an hour's worth of content, but is stretched out to ~7+ hours.

    I love the core message, breath is important. But the audiobook is hard to listen to.

    1. The content has virtually no structure. The author jumps from topic a to b and b to c and then back to a. New topics are opened up, but never conclusively closed. And so they are taken up again and again...
    2. The content is repeated all the time throughout the book. Sometimes a small new piece is added, but usually not. Anyway, when the content starts to repeat itself, it gets boring and the mind starts to lose focus.... From crooked teeth, to yoga, to monks and back to bacteria and a little bit to O2/Co2 blood levels.
    3. Tons of irrelevant anecdotes. Who cares if "that woman in a coffee shop" cures her diabetes. Or this guy sitting somewhere curing his asthma. I mean, good for them if they're not made up, but how does that help me? Where are the studies? Where's the evidence?
    4. Anecdotes, hearsay, opinions and studies are mixed and treated as if they have the same value. But they don't.
    5. The few studies that are cherry-picked are barely named and summarized in a few words, rather than providing a conclusion that allows outsiders to know who, what and why. And opposing sides are never presented.
    6. Overpromising: The author blames breath for everything from heart disease to cancer to diabetes and more. Dude, relax, breath is important, but there is more than one factor that controls your system.... And even if breathing has a positive effect on all aspects of the organism, it should always be mentioned that it is only one part of the ecosystem. This book gives the impression that you can do whatever you want as long as you keep your O2/Co2 balance in order. People with good breathing technique also get sick, and it is disrespectful to suggest that they only need to breathe better to cure their stage 4 cancer...

    I found the author on youtube and watched some of his videos and found the topic super interesting. This book doesn't provide much more value than you will find in one of his ~1 hour videos.

    If you want to give an outline about bacterias and evolution, okay. It doesn't help me in my daily life anyway, but maybe I can use it to make myself interesting on the next party.... Do that for a few pages and close the topic. I don't want to find "clues" and repetition across the entire book to increase the size of the book.

    If you want to tell stories about random people with little to no scientific relevance, do it in one chapter. These stories should not be scattered throughout the book and detract from the content.

    What I would have liked to see is a clear derivation, what is the point? Explaining the process from beginning to end and then also concluding the topic definitively.

    And most importantly, how can I improve my breath? Give me 10 steps. What are the steps, how can I measure them, how can I know if I have improved? This content needs to be compressed, in one chapter. I don't want to look for breadcrumbs, and I don't want to filter out the 5% relevant parts from everything else.

    If that relevant content is only an hour of legitimate running time, that's fine with me.

    2/5 stars, because it is an important topic. But the audiobook itself, ...

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    • SUMPI
    • 19/08/2022

    Very helpful

    For a couple of years I wasn't able to breathe properly through my nose.
    With the Wim Hof method and nightly mouth taping and trying to forcefully breathe through the nose all the time and all the other tips I can finally breath freely again!

    (Sry for bad English)

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    • Nele Filler
    • 17/05/2022

    Very interesting + fascinating.

    I can really highly recommend it - gives lots of interesting insights into various different areas of science + the functioning of the human body.