An experiential program designed especially for those experiencing air hunger or breathing tension and drawing on transformative development and principles of the Alexander Technique.
Begins December 2, 2018
Breathing is perhaps the most natural thing a human being can do. Why, then, do many people suffer from breathing tension, air hunger, and discomfort? Why is there so much confusion surrounding how to respond to such problems? Liberating the Natural Breath addresses these questions and the struggle we experience when the natural dynamics of our breathing are disrupted. Rather than trying to respond to unconscious tension with even more tension by imposing some conception of “correct” breathing from the outside, Liberating the Natural Breath goes to the core of the dysfunction using principles of the Alexander Technique and inner development. Through physiological understanding, experiential exercises, self-knowledge, and the progressive unwinding of habitual interference, participants are shown the way toward the liberated breath—the easeful, natural, comfortable breath that the body innately knows how to re-establish, if given the opportunity.
Facilitators Simon Spire and Amira Glaser will introduce participants to the elegance and physiological intricacies of the breathing mechanism and the relationships that exist between psychological growth and easeful breathing. They will orient participants to the profound understandings of habit and embodied ease developed by F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), the founder of the Alexander Technique, while also integrating knowledge from Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. And they will guide participants in their journey toward the deep relief of being at home in one’s own easeful breathing, a process that is rich with newfound freedom, insight, and self-discovery.
This course is designed to be a potent and very specific addition to in-person Alexander Technique instruction whenever possible.