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 25,000 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 S???o 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, ,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.
Deep is a voyage from the ocean???s surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving???in which competitors descend great depths on a single breath???James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena. Most illuminating of all, he learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable, and often hidden, potential???including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater. Along the way, Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves.,???A journey well worth taking.??? ???David Epstein, New York Times Book Review,???Nestor pulls us below the surface into a world far beyond imagining and opens our eyes to these unseen places.??? ???Dallas Morning News,???This is popular science writing at its best.??? ???Christian Science Monitor