Mon, 9 August 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The New Science of Breathing

James Nestor In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Join the Sunday Times bestselling author James Nestor for a guide that will forever change the way you think about health and wellbeing.

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.

Journalist James Nestor travelled the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya and Tummo, to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

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, allergies, 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 ancient wisdom and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, this talk will turn 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.

Praise for James Nestor’s Breath:

“If there’s one book you read this year, make it this one.” – Chris Evans

“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

“In the past few years, there have been several potentially life-changing books, from Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep and Shane O’Mara’s In Praise of Walking, to Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing. Breath deserves a place alongside such volumes. Read it, and I guarantee you will want to change the way you breathe.” – Evening Standard

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James Nestor

Author and Journalist

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for BBC, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, spent 18 weeks of the New York Times bestseller list in the first year of publication.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.