The Perfect Breath

5.5 breaths per minute

I’m busy reading James Nestor’s book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Essentially it “explores the million-year-long history of how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly and why we’re suffering from a laundry list of maladies—snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, autoimmune disease, allergies—because of it.” Nestor weaves together the science as he travels the world “in an attempt to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.”

“By various means, in various ways, in various eras of human history, all these pulmonauts discovered the same thing. They discovered that the optimum amount of air we should take in at rest per minute is 5.5 litres. The optimum breathing rate is about 5.5 breaths per minute. That’s 5.5-second inhales and 5.5-second exhales. This is the perfect breath.”

― James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

I was growing tired of counting in my head, so I created this animated video to help me regulate my breathing with a clear mind. I hope you find it useful too!