At the beginning of respiratory hour, we are sat on a stool, concentrating on our bodies and respiratory motion. Our thoughts are still.
Then we carry out simple body movements that affect our breathing: arm swings, pelvic circles, stretching the torso or the hands, ... Then attempt to trace certain things. What physical sensations have appeared? What feelings and thoughts have arisen? Certain sequences of movement lure our breath deep into the pelvis. This lower respiratory space is our foundation. Here we come into contact with the earth force, which we encounter as supporting, building, warm, sheltering, but also as urgent, and impulsive. The life force rises across the sacral bone and nourishes us. Other exercises strengthen our personal centre or help us to experience the delicate force of the upper respiratory area. Due to the construction of the lung, the upper respiratory area has a small volume, but also has the quality of being dense. It detects tiny things. This is where the soul and spirit unfold.
Some exercises soothe, others stimulate. Body movement and breathing slowly converge and become one. Movements that follow a predetermined form can lead to free movement in space during the breathing hour. Here we move out of our breathing and our current mood and get into contact with ourselves and our inner worlds. A freer body sensation arises.
We work alone, but also with partners and within a group. The exercises are not strenuous or complicated and are therefore suitable for everyone. They can also be conducted with people of older age. It's not about "right" and "wrong", but about the individual experience. There are always pauses in which we can share our experiences.
In some practice groups, we also explore how sounds are produced by our breathing. We experiment with vowels and consonants. Sounds too influence our physical condition and our respiratory motion: The U sound brings us to the pelvis, the I into the head. The consonants P, T and K stimulate our diaphragms.
Discovering, feeling and coming face to face with yourself creates confidence and trust, courage and the willingness to make far-reaching changes.