The Science of Breathing | James Nestor

Ten Percent Happier
February 7, 2024
The Science of Breathing | James Nestor
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

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 place
  • Why we are the worst breathers in the animal kingdom
  • The importance of posture
  • The deleterious effects of mouth breathing
  • Why we need to chew more
  • The relationship between breathing and anxiety
  • The relationship between breathing and sleep
  • And we dive into a variety of breathing exercises

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