Back to SchoolCollegeGroceryClothing, Shoes & AccessoriesHomeOutdoor Living & GardenFurnitureKitchen & DiningElectronicsVideo GamesToysSports & OutdoorsMovies, Music & BooksBabyHousehold EssentialsBeautyUlta Beauty at TargetPersonal CareHealthPetsSchool & Office SuppliesArts, Crafts & SewingParty SuppliesLuggageGift IdeasGift CardsCharacter ShopBullseye’s PlaygroundTarget OpticalClearanceTarget New Arrivals Target Finds #TargetStyleBlack Beyond MeasureMás QueWomen-Owned Brands at TargetAsian-Owned Brands at Target LGBTQIA+ ShopTop DealsTarget Circle DealsWeekly AdShop Order PickupShop Same Day DeliveryRegistryRedCardTarget CircleFind Stores

Sponsored

Breath - by James Nestor (Hardcover)

Breath - by James Nestor (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1
Breath - by James Nestor (Hardcover) - image 1 of 1
$16.15 sale price when purchased online
$28.00 list price

About this item

Description



About the Book



"No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how resilient your genes are, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Science journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong with our breathing and how to fix it"--



Book Synopsis



A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

"A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe--and how we've all been doing it wrong for a long, long time." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly.

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.

Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.



Review Quotes



A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020
An Amazon Best Science Book of 2020
A Goodreads Award Finalist for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year
Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

"A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual, and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe--and how we've all been doing it wrong for a long, long time. I already feel calmer and healthier just in the last few days, from making a few simple changes in my breathing, based on what I've read...Our breath is a beautiful, healing, mysterious gift, and so is this book." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love

I highly recommend this book. --Wim Hof

"This book is awesome. Most people have no idea how to do breathing exercises and how beneficial they are. Over the last few weeks I've been using the methods I learned from his book and I can tell you there are absolutely some real benefits to be had I really enjoyed this book." --Joe Rogan on Instagram

"Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health? James Nestor is the perfect guide to the pulmonary world and has written a fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations." --Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, international bestselling author of The Stress Solution

"It's a rare popular-science book that keeps a reader up late, eyes glued to the pages. But Breath is just that fascinating. It will alarm you. It will gross you out. And it will inspire you. Who knew respiration could be so scintillating?" --Spirituality & Health

In Breath, author and journalist James Nestor lays out in spellbinding and at once comedic and riveting fashion his ten year personal investigation of breathing. Who could imagine a "self help book" that reads like a page turning novel?! I couldn't put it down.--Steven Gundry, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Plant Paradox series, The Longevity Paradox, and The Energy Paradox

"With his entertaining, eerily well-timed new book, James Nestor explains the science behind proper breathing and how we can transform our lungs and our lives. The book is brisk and detailed, a well-written read that is always entertaining, as he melds the personal, the historical, and the scientific." --The Boston Globe

"A transformative book that changes how you think about your body and mind." --Joshua Foer, New York Times-bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Memory

"Breath provides a new perspective of modern-day technology and how we've unknowingly abandoned the answers we've always had. James Nestor artfully brings back what modern society has walked away from, by combining ancestral techniques and new age technology in one elegant book." --Scientific Inquirer

A wonderful book that reminds and enlightens us about how breath and mind are intertwined.--
Dr. Rahul Jandial, bestselling author of Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon

"Breath is an utterly fascinating journey into the ways we are wired. No matter who you are, you'll want to read this." --Po Bronson, New York Times-bestselling author of What Should I Do with My Life? and coauthor of NutureShock

"An eye-opening, epic journey of human devolution that explains why so many of us are sick and tired. A must-read book that exposes what our health care system doesn't see." --Dr. Steven Y. Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of Sleep, Interrupted

"I don't say this often, but when I do I mean it: This book changed my life. Breath is part scientific quest, part historical insight, part Hero's Journey, full of groundbreaking ideas, and a rollicking good read. I had no idea that the simple and intuitive act of inhaling and exhaling has taken such an evolutionary hit. As a result, I figured out why I sleep so badly and why my breathing feels so often out of sync. With a few simple tweaks, I fixed my breathing and fixed myself. A transformational book!" --Caroline Paul, bestselling author of The Gutsy Girl

"Breath shows us just how extraordinary the act of breathing is and why so much depends on how we do it. An enthralling, surprising, and often funny adventure into our most overlooked and undervalued function." --Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and American Chinatown

A welcome, invigorating user's manual for the respiratory system. --Kirkus Reviews

"If you want to read a book about the power of the breath, this is it!"--Patrick McKeown, bestselling author of The Oxygen Advantage

"Although we all breathe, there is an art and science to breathing correctly . . . Full of fascinating information an compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended." --Library Journal

This is the best book I've ever read! You won't be able to put it down. --Dr. John Douillard DC CAP, elite trainer and author of Body, Mind, and Sport





About The Author



James Nestor has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Dwell, The New York Times, and many other publications. His book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and more. Nestor has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including ABC's Nightline and CBS's Morning News, and on NPR. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Life Sciences
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: James Nestor
Book theme: Human Anatomy & Physiology
Language: English
Street Date: October 29, 2020
TCIN: 79515882
UPC: 9780735213616
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-4119
Origin: Made in the USA
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it.

Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 6.3 inches width x 9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.1 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR), Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Guam (see also separate entry under GU)

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 30 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
See the return policy for complete information.
4.0 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
LisaRomaMD - 1 year ago
I’ve had a physical therapist, therapist and yoga teacher tell me I breathe only in my chest. And I hold stress between my ribs. This book showed me the techniques and explained the history, really everything about breathing in a way I finally understood. I now focus on belly breathing throughout the day as well as do other breathing exercises, which helps calm anxiety, and improve my over all mental and physical health.
2 guests found this review helpful. Did you?

Wow!

4 out of 5 stars
Garden girl - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Fascinating book in what I thought was boring. Wow! Great read.
2 guests found this review helpful. Did you?

Well written, super interesting, very helpful and surprisingly captivating

5 out of 5 stars
Paul reads - 4 years ago
This book is not only fascinating but very well written! Full of forgotten science about amazing benefits of nasal breathing. Highly recommend reading this book. You'll learn how to improve your sleep, exercise, nitric oxide production, overall health and more. James gives numerous examples of how and why this shift in breathing is so powerful. In addition he and a colleague did an interesting experiment with the help of a scientist from Stanford University.
23 guests found this review helpful. Did you?

Get top deals, latest trends, and more.

Privacy policy

Footer

About Us

About TargetCareersNews & BlogTarget BrandsBullseye ShopSustainability & GovernancePress CenterAdvertise with UsInvestorsAffiliates & PartnersSuppliersTargetPlus

Help

Target HelpReturnsTrack OrdersRecallsContact UsFeedbackAccessibilitySecurity & FraudTeam Member Services

Stores

Find a StoreClinicPharmacyOpticalMore In-Store Services

Services

Target Circle™Target Circle™ CardTarget Circle 360™Target AppRegistrySame Day DeliveryOrder PickupDrive UpFree 2-Day ShippingShipping & DeliveryMore Services
PinterestFacebookInstagramXYoutubeTiktokTermsCA Supply ChainPrivacyCA Privacy RightsYour Privacy ChoicesInterest Based AdsHealth Privacy Policy