Breathing is quite literally the very first thing we do – it is also what we do most consistently, regardless of who we are and what we are doing. However, James Nestor says that we have completely missed out on the science behind breathing and how it can change the way we function!

  • The Experiment 

Early humans had protruding jaws and smaller brains. But as they began to have cooked food, their brains grew in size. While this was great for our intelligence, it did shrink the rest of our face, and consequently reduced the size of our noses. Within a couple of generations, humans had become the worst breathers on the planet. Not only that, mouth breathing is another terrible way to breathe. It loosens the airways and causes the body to lose 40% more water. 

  • The Lost Art & Science of Breathing

Never heard of the term ‘overbreathing’? Well, there’s a good chance you’ve done it. Breathing more oxygen would mean better breathing, right? Wrong. The key to optimum breathing is the need to breathe less. The ideal number is 5.5 breaths per minute. Overbreathing causes asthma. 

  • Invest in breathing techniques

The Tibetan practice of Tummo and Holotropic Breathwork and Pranayama, which are practiced in ancient civilisations are meant to strengthen your lungs. These breathing techniques dont cure anything, but they do work as a preventative measure, ensuring that balance is maintained and you are less likely to have serious health issues. 

We continue this journey of breathing the right way with ‘Insights from Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor in 15 Minutes’, which will be free on 21st September 2021 as part of #BounceBack!


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