Waterfall breathing

The waterfall may seem still in motion but it is constant movement and adhering to the movements of the body which create it. Our bodies in our natural state do the same with breathing and all the movements that radiate from it both autonomic and automatic.

Locomotion in nature is a play of incoming and out coming energy and the intention of the movement itself. One might stomp his way to the fire to make the placement in the social ladder known or stalk quietly on the search for pray to feed the progeny.

One can breathe deeply using all the available faculties or let the breath happen as a part of the clockwork of the being so as the inhale and the exhale and the pause all combine into a solid which is no solid at all. That is at the core of freedom of mind body and soul.

Drills on the way there:

  1. lie down and place a book on your stomach. Breathe in and out without moving the book and without tensing your muscles more than the breath requires.
  2. Sit up and breathe in through one nostril and out through the other for a few heart beats and then reverse the direction of the flow of air. (You may need to use your hands at the beginning of this practice but with attention you will feel the different activation parameters and vectors of the upper and lower diaphragm)
  3. Stand with your legs under your hips and your knees unlocked. Sway your hips from side to side without moving the center and let the breathe and movement sync on their own.
  4. Stand and shake off what loose tension is in your body with a few breaths. Start making a continuous sound and play with your breathing both in and out so you are able to make the same sound no matter what main direction the air is traveling.
  5. Take a partner and have them place a hand on your stomach. Make a continuous sound and have them press you from time to time so you can let the change of pressure become a part of your voice instead of contending with it.

The drills listed can be evolved and changed according to your state and needs as they arise. Going to the crossroads of actions, both automatic and autonomic will open doors you did not know were closed without disturbing the ones in use.

Keep safe.



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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)