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Book Review: Breath

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One of my favorite things about being a bibliophile is the sharing of incredible books with fellow bibliophiles - and when they share with me. Today’s book is one that I would have eventually picked up, no doubt, because I am fascinated by the power of breath. However, my dad gifted it to me and that made the read all the more beautiful.

A few things I loved specifically was the synchronicity - I had recently had lunch with a friend who is a dentist wanting to collaborate with me, and she introduced me to Buteyko breathing method, which I read more about here. And I had just read the book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhD and was further fascinated by the impact breath has on our sleep.

Breath is a fascinating and informative exploration of the science of breathing and its impact on our overall health and well-being. Nestor delves into the history and evolution of breathing techniques and practices, and presents a wealth of research on the many ways in which our breathing habits can affect our physical and mental health.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is Nestor's discussion of the various cultural and historical practices that have centered on the art of breathing, including ancient yogic and Buddhist practices, as well as modern techniques like the Buteyko method and the Wim Hof method. Nestor also examines the role of breathing in sports performance and stress management, and discusses the potential therapeutic benefits of controlled breathing for a wide range of conditions, including asthma, sleep disorders, and even depression.

Overall, Breath is a well-written and engaging read that will be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about the importance of breathing and the many ways in which it can impact our health and well-being. Whether you're looking to improve your athletic performance, manage stress, or simply live a healthier life, this book offers valuable insights and practical tips that can help you make the most of your breath.

This is a book that I highly recommend if you enjoy the science behind the traditional practices that have held firm in their benefits for generations. Let us know in the comments if you plan to read it!

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