Thursday, April 14, 2011
What do we know about breathing? When we read an anatomy book we can find out all the technical details about the way the air enters our lungs, the way our lungs expand when inhaling, and contract when exhaling, the way our ribs are shaped and how they move, the way our diaphragm is shaped and how it moves.
But what about our own breathing and tension habits which prevent our lungs, ribs, and diaphragm from expanding, contracting, and moving the way they're supposed to? For example, what happens when we stop our breath? How often do we stop breathing? What causes us to stop? Can we keep the flow of breath?
The Alexander Technique can give us some insights about our own habitual way of breathing, and how to remove any interference with the natural process of exhaling and inhaling.
Notice that "exhaling" was mentioned before "inhaling." It is a common habit, to "take air" before clearing our lungs from the old air which is still there. A simple fact like this can make one more aware of what happens, and of what can be changed. With the Alexander Technique we become more thoughtful about what we do, and what we can undo.
Shula's next Alexander Workshop will address Breathing awareness. It will take place on Sat. April 16th in the San Fernando Valley location between 4:00 to 6:00 pm. for additional information contact shula by phone or e mail.