Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing

Various positions, about half back-lying. Experiments with the breath mechanism, sorting out essential movements of breathing from superfluous, and learning about the use of the diaphragm and ALL the ribs and surfaces of the torso. Uses what the Feldenkrais community calls “paradoxical breathing.”

  • It’s important to note that the type of breathing explored in this lesson is not a prescription for how you should breathe. Nor is it “the Feldenkrais way” to breathe. It is only a tool to mobilize your breath apparatus and cultivate your awareness, so that your breathing can more fluently adapt to all of life’s demands.
  • Near the end of the lesson you’re invited to decide “that’s your lesson!”, by which I mean that if as we progress into the final more difficult variations you feel you don’t want to do them, you are invited to be done with the lesson and to enjoy the change you already feel. It’s always great to come back to a lesson again another time as needed, instead of pushing through difficulty if it is unpleasant for you. Why give up all the sense of ease and improvement you’ve already achieved?
  • I have another ATM available to stream which explores this type of breathing using many other variations and configurations, called Freeing Your Breath, Lengthening from Heels to Head. It’s part of my Integrating the Legs series.
  • This lesson comes directly from Moshe Feldenkrais’s 1972 book Awareness Through Movement. It was taught in the context of a Feldenkrais Fundamentals class which was designed to be a practical study of Moshe’s Awareness Through Movement book. Study tips are here, along with info about where to get the text.
  • The brief reference to “the last two weeks of lessons” refers to live classes that were recorded and are available to stream: Flexion, Foundation, and Length, and Some Fundamental Properties of Movement.

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