Journalist James Nestor dove deep into the million-year history of breath, and how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly. He documented his findings in a critically-acclaimed book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, in which he explored recent human evolution, traditional practices of the Buddhists and Christians, current maladies like sleep apnea and asthma, and techniques used by high-performing athletes.
His research draws on “thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology." The New York Times Best Seller, which was published in May 2020, "turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head.”
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In this members-only Spartan+ podcast exclusive, Nestor walks you through the basic science behind some of the simplest and most effective breathing exercises that you can use to calm, focus, or relax your mind and body.
Listen to the full-length Spartan Up! podcast — in which Nestor talks to Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena about mouth breathing vs. nose breathing, high performance, and ancient techniques — below.
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