In today’s episode, we’re returning to one of my favourite topics. Breathwork is where my personal and professional interests collide. How we breathe affects every body system we have and I’m excited to welcome James Nestor, science journalist and author of new book Breath, which explores the data behind this ancient, but some might say lost, art.
And yes, it is an art. As we discuss, it doesn’t matter whether you follow a new or ancient technique to harness the potential of your breath, the principles are the same. What I love about James’ approach is he has no agenda to push. He hasn’t developed his own breathing technique, theory or product. He’s a journalist with an enquiring, sceptical mind. By his own admission, he came from a place where – like many of you, perhaps – he thought, ‘What’s all the fuss about breathing? It’s automatic, it’s easy, our bodies know what they’re doing’. But do they really?
During this conversation, we cover some of the fascinating – objective – insights James has uncovered in his research. He explains the benefits of nasal breathing, the importance of masticating and how diet affects the skeletal development of our children’s mouths. James reveals how learning to chew more, chewing on one side and using mouth tape at night has changed the structure of his own mouth. His airways – and his wellbeing – have never been better. We discuss the long list of conditions breathing may improve; how athletes can benefit. And James reveals the therapeutic process behind some ‘super breathing’ techniques.
Whether you’re already practising breathwork, you’re curious or yet to be convinced, James has a no-nonsense, rigorous approach we can all take something from. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
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Connect with James:
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art https://amzn.to/32RzD75
Further Learning - Breath: Bibliography and Extended Notes - https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath-biblio
Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves https://amzn.to/2RNLBZ5
Get High Now: Without Drugs https://amzn.to/2ZYRCGM
Dr Chatterjee Breathing videos:
Are you breathing through your mouth? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yntO3fnqlYY
What Does a Deep Breath Really Mean? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XfR7xbtUS4
The 3 Pillars of Breathing with Patrick McKewon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJgBxbKODUg
Is the way you breathe making you stressed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI1RPwDjLmM
Why You Should Tape Your Mouth For Optimal Sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGSYbAvNQIo
How To Measure Your Bolt Score https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1pOYDukrXo
Related Feel Better Live More podcasts:
#99 How Breathing Through Your Nose Will Change Your Life with Patrick McKeown https://youtu.be/FdXQ6K0zIj4
#113 Breathing Expert Reveals How To Stay Calm in Any Situation, No Matter How Stressful: Brian McKenzie https://youtu.be/Plt3tQoxLj8
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