Alexander bemoaned the fact that students on his course would not spend more time focusing on what he termed the ‘whispered ah’, which he considered one of, or the most beneficial thing he had to teach. I remember an Alexander Technique teacher telling me that she had suffered for many years from asthma and how amazing it felt when her body, for the first time, breathed itself!
Experiment with this:
Think of something pleasurable and let that smile reach your eyes. Tongue and jaw released, breathe out. You could blow the air out, make a vocalised sound as you allow the air out, or go for the classic whispered ‘ah’ sound ( an AT lesson could be useful here!)
Close your mouth and allow your body to bring the air in for you – your ribs and diaphragm get a chance to work as designed. Then exhale again in the same way. Two or three of these will begin the release. Then go back to your normal breathing and notice any differences. Your body can gradually learn to breathe in the way it is designed.
Many disciplines focus on breathing, yoga being probably the best known.
Meditation on the breath encourages a calm serenity.
From a spiritual perspective, we are currently in a time of expanding light frequencies. Shallow breathing causes our energy field to contract. This triggers a stress response as the body goes into fear that it cannot get enough oxygen. Allowing our breathing to be free, deep instead of shallow, also allows our energy to expand and receive more light into our system.
So whichever way you look at it, allowing our breathing to free up is helpful and makes us feel better!
One day, every one of us will take a last breath…and then a whole new adventure starts!