The power of the breath
In the book "Breath - Atem: New knowledge about the forgotten art of breathing" James Nestor shows how important proper breathing is to our health and well-being. Every breath has Effects on our body and our psyche - such as anxiety, our blood pressure or our heart rate.
James Nestor suffered from a chronic stuffy nose, had pauses in breathing at night, suffered from constant pneumonia and felt generally weak. When he took a course in breathing techniques, everything changed and he got to the bottom of the meaning of the breath.
He spoke to divers, doctors, yoga teachers and even took part in experiments himself. He cites a number of studies demonstrating the benefits of breathing through the NOSE.
how do you breathe Do you breathe more through your mouth or through your nose? During nasal breathing, the inhaled air is cleaned, heated, humidified and pressurized. According to Nestor, this increases oxygen uptake by about 10-15%. He also emphasizes the importance of deep breathing, but especially slow exhalation.
In a breathing technique he describes, you should breathe in through your nose for 5.5 seconds and breathe out through your nose for 5.5 seconds. Try it out a few times and see how you feel afterwards.
Nestor shares all his knowledge and experience in this book and gives the reader methods and techniques to lead a healthy and happy life.