Leland Vall
Certified Instructor
Alexander Technique in New York City
Manhattan - Downtown and Midtown
Great Neck - Middle Neck Rd
leland@freeyourneck.com
917-239-6313

Alexander
Technique

A Tool For Transformation
Sitting Posture - Alexander Technique

Leland Vall
Certified Instructor
Alexander Technique in New York City
Manhattan - Multiple Locations
Great Neck - Middle Neck Rd
leland@freeyourneck.com
917-239-6313

Alexander
Technique

A Tool For Transformation
Sitting Posture - Alexander Technique

Free Your Breath MP3 Download

Explore the skill of easier breathing with an mp3 audio download.

Review in Ann Seeker’s Blog

Free Your Breath

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Anyone can benefit from breathing lessons.   From those with a breathing disease to athletes and performing artists, breathing lessons can help you:

  • Reduce the symptoms of asthma, COPD, emphysema and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improve vocal quality for performance.
  • Improve athletic ability.
  • Reduce insomnia.
  • Improve systolic blood pressure.
  • Improve general pain management, including back pain.
  • Achieve a flatter stomach (improved breathing raises your diaphragm, making your stomach flatter).

Every moment of life is based on your breathing. Easy, confident breathing is a birthright. The Alexander Technique can help you improve every breath you take no matter your level of health or activity. You can get started by reading the information below.

Improve Your Breathing with the Alexander Technique


6 Comments

  1. Silvano Covelli

    Have you ever heard about “Buteyko Breathing Method”?

    • admin

      I have heard of Buteyko. I believe that the method described here is unique because instead of teaching a way to do breathing, it focuses on allowing breath to occur without actively getting in its way.

      • Silvano Covelli

        “Allowing breath to occur without actively getting in its way.”

        And if the person inspires through the mouth?
        And if he inspires through the mouth when he is talking?
        And if he inspires through the mouth when he is eating?

        The problem is, that generally we take in too much air, with the consequence that the CO2 concentration in the lungs lowers too much, and in this case oxygen can’t pass into the blood according to a well known physiological law.

        People suffering from asthma come back to normality, when they learn the new breathing pattern. But this method cares many more pathologies, as a good oxygenation is fundamental for body health.

        • admin

          In the Alexander view, one could say that all learned patterns (conscious or unconscious) are a disruption to the body. Breathing is an interesting case because the system is both voluntary in involuntary so it is easy for habits of tension and other inefficiencies to work there way into the system. The idea of the Alexander Technique is to free yourself of these habits so that breath can function naturally and with less effort, instead of adding a new pattern on top of these habits.
          There are a lot of choices out there and I’m sure Buteyko is helpful. In the end you have to choose your own path.

  2. Donald Carson

    I Have a question about the whispered ah. How is the best way to practice it? I Don’t seem to grasp the idea very well.

    • admin

      Hi Donald,

      Thanks for your question.

      Like all things Alexander, the Whispered Ah is about not doing something. In this case, it’s about not speaking. If you go back to the breathing exercise, http://www.freeyourneck.com/free-your-breath-mp3-download, and, while maintaining all of the ease described in the exercise, simply allow your mouth to open on the exhale and then gently close on the inhale. I actually do it silently without the whisper. To do the whole thing as Alexander described, let the tip of your tongue touch the back of your lower teeth and think of something humorous so that you smile with your eyes. The idea of the Whispered Ah is to explore the possibility of greater ease while speaking. If you were to begin making sound, you would do it by first maintaining all of the ease you had within the whole exercise, including the Whispered Ah. In affect, you would be speaking without speaking.

      I hope that helps.

      Leland

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