#3: James Nestor – Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

New podcast episode with James Nestor. James just released his new book yesterday called Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. It’s really a decade-long journey uncovering the hidden science of our most vital and misunderstood function. If you think you know everything you need to know about breathing you need to read this book.

His research on breathing started while writing his award-winning New York Times Editor’s Pick best-selling book DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. In his new book, he finds answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect. Rather he traveled around the world in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of Sao Paulo. He even goes to Paris, crawls into a sewer, and breaks into the secret catacombs below the city to actually hold hundred-year-old skulls.

My business partner, Anders and I were able to stay with him in San Francisco for some weeks a year ago while he and James did a crazy study at Stanford. One they both agreed they would never do again nor should anyone else.

Make sure to check out the podcast and get the book. It could change your life. George Caitlin called breathing the great secret of life.

Episode 3: James Nestor on his book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Published: May 26, 2020

On today’s episode of the Conscious Breathing Podcast I have fellow pulmonaut James Nestor. He is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American and many others. In 2014 he released his best selling book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves. It has received numerous awards. In his latest book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, he explores the million year long history of how humans have lost the ability to breathe properly and why we are suffering from such ailments as snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies and a whole host of other maladies and how we can use breathing to explore the furthest reaches of our human potential.


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Anders Olsson is a lecturer, teacher and founder of the Conscious Breathing concept and the author of Conscious Breathing. After living most of his life with a ”hurricane of thoughts” bouncing back and forth in is head, Anders was fortunate enough to come across tools that have helped him relax and find his inner calm. The most powerful of these tools has undoubtedly been to improve his breathing habits, which made Anders decide to become the worlds most prominent expert in breathing. This is now more than 10 years ago and since then he has helped tens of thousands of people to a better health and improved quality of life.

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