The Little Book of Breathing: Simple practices for connecting with your breath (The Gaia Little Books Series)
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This book is about what Lee learned while taking part in theWim Hof Method program, which he calls theHomo Arcticus Method. It has three pillars. You can think about breathing as being in a boat, right? So you can take a bunch of very short, stilted strokes and you're going to get to where you want to go. It's going to take a while, but you'll get there. Or you can take a few very fluid and long strokes and get there so much more efficiently. ... You want to make it very easy for your body to get air, especially if this is an act that we're doing 25,000 times a day. So, by just extending those inhales and exhales, by moving that diaphragm up and down a little more, you can have a profound effect on your blood pressure, on your mental state. Buteyko, MD-PHD, the person who came up with the Buteyko technique, wrote this book with the help of two doctors in Moscow and one in Moscow. The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Long term Health by Wim Hof Could it be your journey? And which breathing technique suits your problem best? I wasn't always clear on that, and descriptions of breathing techniques are no replacement for videos (better) and actual coaching with an expert (best).
I’m a pretty chill guy, most of the time, but when my bp and resting heart rate indicated signs of trouble, I took the “opportunity” of the pandemic to enact some changes in my life: Running/walking daily, weight loss, meditation, and these things have helped. I also read The Art of Breathing and a few other Buddhist treatments of the subject. Then this book, a good summary of current and ancient science as Nestor travels the world over to talk to scientists and monks. I bookmarked all of the exercises Nestor gathers together from the text and lists at the end of the book. Each has similar yet slightly different affects according to practitioners of the methods. I may have to try every one to see for myself. This read also offers a plethora of breathing techniques for managing chronic diseases, improving mood, mental focus, sleep quality and much more.
Ultimately, if you're too busy to think about your breathing, don't bother reading this. But if you're not too busy to think about it for, say, 10-20 minutes a day (practice!), give it a gander. What are those claims? The author states that breathing can cure scoliosis, strokes, asthma, bacteremia caused by injecting E. Coli into a patients veins, etc. Nearly every disease category is invoked. Only in his final disclaimers at the end of the book does he say “if you have stage 4 cancer, these breathing exercises won’t cure that.”
The book was also perceived as being unexpectedly resonant due to its publication occurring amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   See also [ edit ] It seems to have lots of interesting insights, but they’re largely anecdotal. It does have lots of problems. These are mostly at the end, but there’s a few early on, and more pile up in the middle of the book even before Nestor goes New Agey. a b Law, Katie (July 30, 2020). "Breath by James Nestor review: why most of us are doing it wrong". Evening Standard . Retrieved February 15, 2021. The author spent a decade traveling all around the world learning about various modern and historical teachings about breathing. In addition to thoroughly researching the topic, he participates in several scientific studies as well. Everything that was revealed was interesting and encourages you to research further on your own. Some of the people who were listening to James in 2003 didn't know what breath-work was. In the past, when he talked about breath work, 95% of people raised their hands when asked what it was. Most people say that they learned about breath work by taking a yoga class, but not everyone agrees.
Homo Arcticus Method: How Power Breathing Technique, Extreme Cold Therapy and Strong Commitment Can Make You Strong, Healthy, Happy and Change Your Life Forever (Personal Growth Book) by Lee Strong
I also appreciated how the author would include fascinating tidbits about the human body that I, a healthcare professional, did not realize. For example: Donna Farhi is a well-known yoga instructor who teaches these safe and simple breathing exercises to help people with asthma, depression, insomnia, and many other health problems. They can also help people relax. Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) by Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof, et al. If all this is true, put in the effort and run some scientific studies, Mr. Nestor. Prove your claims, get them peer-reviewed, and show the world. It’s too easy to write a misleading book these days.