Find internal strength through your breath. Breathe, exapnding your internal balloon.
Lying on your back (with your knees bent if its more comfortable that way):
- Exhale. Wait for the inhale. Notice your breath. Notice how your stomach expands.
- Imagine a balloon or soccer ball in your abdomen. Notice the internal quality of the expanding balloon.
- Front, Left and Right:
- Place hands on the left and right side of your stomach. Notice the differences in how the two sides expand. Which side expands first? Which side expands more? Which side expands more easily?
- Breathe into the side that expands more easily.
- Breathe into the other side.
- Alternate breathing into the right side and then the left. Make the difference between breathing into the right side and left side smaller and smaller.
- Breathe into both sides.
- Back, Left and Right. Breathe into your back. Notice the differences between the right and left sides. Do a similar exploration as in the Front, Left and Right but into your back.
- Forward and Back: Notice your breath into your front and back. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between your front and back, alternating between, and then doing both.
- Top and Bottom: Imagine your balloon as having a top and bottom (in the same way that the equator divides the earth). Notice your breath into the top and bottom of your internal balloon. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between the top and bottom or your balloon, alternating between, and then doing both.
- Breathe into your balloon, expanding it in all six directions — front, back, left, right, top and bottom.
- Breathe into your balloon focusing on different combinations. For example:
- Front right and back left
- Upper left and bottom right
- Front top and back bottom
- Indicate focus or key principles that are made explicit in the teaching
See Theme Breathing:
- Amherst 1 – Week 4 – 07/01/80 Tilting the knees (part 1)
- Amherst 1 – Week 4 – 07/01/80 Tilting the knees (part 2)
- ATM Basic Series – 3. Adapt Your Breathing to Your Needs
- ATM Book Lesson 4 – Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing
- AY005 Equalizing the nostrils
- AY017 Breathing
- AY021 Contracting the abdomen while exhaling
- AY023 Palate mouth, and teeth
- AY028 Legs crossed and expanding chest and abdomen
- AY029 Minimal lifting
- AY035 Stomach and chest first
- AY126 The mouth and head cavity
- AY172 Stopping the Breath
- AY177 Making the spine flexible and integrating it
- AY179 Breathing (To weld by breathing)
- AY180 Breathing rhythmically #1
- AY185 Lying on the Feet # 3 and breathing rhythmically #2
- AY186 Breathing rhythmically #3 (The left side)
- AY187 Breathing rhythmically #4 (On both sides)
- AY188 Twisting the spine and Breathing rhythmically #5
- AY189 Directed breathing (Intentional breathing) (Breathing rhythmically #6)
- AY191 Pressing to the floor and breathing (Breathing rhythmically #7)
- AY201 Gluing in the Lungs Part 1
- AY202 Gluing in the lungs, #2
- AY203 Gluing in the lungs, #3
- AY204 Gluing in the lungs, #4 (Gluing and bending the back)
- AY217 On the side, the sternum becoming flexible
- AY218 On the side, bending and twisting the chest and spine
- AY230 Self hug the arms rolling the upper and lower girdle, on the back and abdomen
- AY233 With the legs joined lying on the floor
- AY238 Standing backward, part 2
- AY266 Crossing knees and coordinated eye movements
- AY274 Introduction to Walking (1)
- AY275 Introduction to Walking 2, Continuation
- AY280 On hands and shoulders
- AY282 Basis of hopping, continuation 
- AY283 Continuation on one leg
- AY284 Slow improvement
- AY289 Standing on one leg with movements
- AY296 Relaxing the muscles of the throat
- AY299 Distinction of the movement underneath the bellybutton in the breathing during oscillations
- AY317 Touching the floor in standing
- AY336 Pushing the hip backward on both sides
- AY351 Swinging the legs on the side
- AY359 Tanden with bending the knees
- AY407 Heel in the hand
- AY416 Protruding the abdomen
- AY435 Alternately Stomach up/down in the Breathing
- AY447 Opposition on the side
- AY453 Eyes and lines
- AY460 Separation in lying with Saika
- AY462 Separating the left limbs in sitting
- AY470 Continuation with standing leg on leg
- AY480 Bending movements of the head on a chair
- E03 Tilting Crossed Legs
- Franz Wurm, Der aufrechte Gang – Series 1 – 9. Wippe
- Haller – Breathing into all 6 dimensions
- IDF17 – Breathing and movements of the feet
- LT05 Flexors
- LT18 Breathing
- MG77 #09 – Differentiating movements of leg to roll forward and backward
- MG78 #01 – Coordinating flexors and extensors
- MM11 Rocking the Pelvis
- Rotterdam 1976 – Tape 7 – See Saw Breathing
- SF1 – Week 3 – 1 July 1975, AM1 – A theoretical lesson on the physiology of breathing
- SF1 – Week 3 – 1 July 1975, AM2 – Paradoxical breathing
- SF1 – Week 3 – 1 July 1975, PM – A short breathing lesson related to the lecture
- SF2 – Week 06 – 21 July 1976, pm: Lengthening the Arms Overhead with Fingers Interlaced
- SF2 – Week 10 – 16 August 1976: Do You Breathe In or Out?
- SF2 – Week 10 – 17 August 1976: Do You Breathe In or Out? continued
- SF2 – Week 10 – 18 August 1976: Moving the Body Relative to the Head
- SF2 – Week 10 – 19 August 1976: Ways of Holding the Head and Turning It, and Moving the Body Relative to the Head, continued
- SFEC Public Workshop – Vol. 2 – 1. Better Breathing
- Vancouver – Hotel Vancouver – 3. Perfecting the pelvic clock/Breathing Out and Swallowing/Scan, 10AUG73 Pt. 2
- Vancouver – Hotel Vancouver – 4. Flexion (Flexor), 11AUG73
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