Coherent Breathing, Aligning Breath and the heart – Wilfried Ehrmann. This book covers how the breath can be used to create coherence with our heart and covers HRV in detail. He explains what this is and why it works.
Conscious Breathing – Anders Olsson. In much the same way that Patrick McKeown explains his breathing methods, Anders does the same here. He marries science of how we breathe with modalities to maximise your well being. Some great daily tools, alongside with performance based ideas as well.
Breathe Well – Aimee Hartley. Aimee looks at 10 different areas of our lives (sleep / tech being 2) and offers different breathing techniques to help support growth / or peace in each area.
Sport and Performance
Instructor Training manual – Oxygen Advantage. The guide that accompanies the OA training for instructors. Invaluable support in which breathwork methods to use when.
Breathe Strong Perform Better – Alison McConnell. Alison McConnell’s journey into insopiratory muscle training and how this can be applied to the world of sport. Covering how breathing muscles work in sport, why we need to train those muscles and then has a whole host of different exercises to support progress in different sports.
Breathing for Warriors – Belisa Vranich. Belisa Vranich covers how to assess breathing and then different exercises to use to help improve performance in both a sports setting and daily life
Everest the first ascent – Harriet Tuckey. Whilst not a book specifically about breathwork, the information that is gleaned from Griffith Pughs work around oxygen / altitude and athletes is fascinating and valuable in building an understanding of the physiology needed for high level performance. Works as a nice counterpoint to the Dr Breath book below
A wonderful insight into Carl Stough’s work with the US Olympic track team for the 1968 Olympics. Whilst the book itself is ridiculously expensive it can be found as a free PDF. In terms of understanding the impact of breathwork on athletes and the observations around emphysema patients are very useful threads that help build a greater understanding of the physiology and impact around breath.
Breathwork, breath and it’s development
Just Breathe – Dan Brule. A book written by a man whose been immersed in the breathwork world for over 50 years. Dan shares what he has learned and how you can apply his methods to help your own life
Unravelling Letting Go, Getting Well – Philip Greenfield A wonderful book on the relationship between the mind, body and emotion and how we can use the breath to help bring all of these things together.
Breath – James Nestor An excellent overview of Nestor’s journey into the world of breath and what he learnt. Great anecdotes, historical interest and techniques that Nestor settled upon. A wonderful read.
Jaws, The story of a hidden epidemic – Sandra Khan and Paul Ehrlich. A deep-dive into how the change in how our jaws are developing that is leading to a whole host of potential life threatening conditions. How this is being currently responded too and what can be done. Within this is discussions on the impact changing jaws have on breathing and the consequences of these changes.