The Science of Breathing | James Nestor

The Science of Breathing | James Nestor

By Ten Percent Happier

You may be breathing wrong. Here’s how to fix it. 

At times, self-improvement can seem like a never-ending hallway filled with limitless shame and insufficiency. So when something as simple as the breath falls into this category, it seems only natural to meet that news with some resistance. Our guest today, James Nestor, argues that many of us, of all things, are breathing incorrectly but that by fixing our breathing, it can help with both physical and psychological ailments.

Nestor is a science journalist who wrote a book called, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was translated into more than 35 languages.

In this episode we talk about:

How Nestor got interested in breathing in the first placeWhy we are the worst breathers in the animal kingdomThe importance of postureThe deleterious effects of mouth breathingWhy we need to chew moreThe relationship between breathing and anxietyThe relationship between breathing and sleepAnd we dive into a variety of breathing exercises

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Book Mentioned:

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Other Resources Mentioned:

Daniel E. LiebermanThe Wim Hof MethodDr. Stanislav Grof and holotropic breathworkDr. Richard P. BrownMatthew P. WalkerMore on Kundalini Yoga and BreathingSudarshan KriyaDr. Herbert Benson and tummo breathing technique

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