An interview by Arlie Mischeaux, Breema Center Staff
I have always had a deep relationship with Self-Breema. I learned some in the 1980s, and though I knew nothing about the philosophy, I found them very nourishing and calming. Many of the Self-Breema exercises I do are like old friends. After having done so much Self-Breema this year (typically, my practice includes 5-10 exercises in a row, done once or twice a day—in addition to attending many of the online classes each week), I also found that I’ve become much more receptive to my own touch! I experience both giving and receiving the bodywork to and from myself simultaneously. This is really a new level of receptivity for me! And it nourishes my desire to give to myself. Practicing Self-Breema has become like food—necessary nourishment for every single day. Continue reading “The Whole of Existence Is In Constant Motion by Karen Burt-Imira”
Studying Breema, I have found that practicing both Breema bodywork and Self- Breema exercises can give me the knowledge that “I have a body,” a knowledge that doesn’t belong to the mind, the emotions or sensations, but to an inner authority that exists independently from them. When you go to Breema classes, you will hear, again and again, to “register that your body is breathing,” and that “your body has weight.” These reminders and the nine universal principles of Breema have helped me to have moments when the knowledge that “there is a body” is present, my center of gravity is within myself, and I am collected and not scattered in my thoughts. Continue reading “The Benefits of Studying Breema in Daily Life by Ashik Staud”
Any condition of the body, mind, and feelings can support you. Discomfort invites us to look at the state of things, to explore what is needed to increase vitality. There is actually no such thing as dysfunction—what we see as such is the process of the body finding balance in an unbalanced environment. Continue reading “Everything Serves a Purpose by Alexandra Johnson”
The culture at large has agreed that movement and exercise are necessary components to stay healthy and vital. How about touch?
Preparing to instruct a Self-Breema class online the other day, I was leaning my hands into my legs as the body rocked rhythmically back and forth. I have done this movement thousands of times before. This time, interested in the question about touch, as my weight leaned into the legs, I noticed that the whole body relaxed. Continue reading “When Your Hand Touches, You Are Being Touched by Birthe Kaarsholm”
Because of studying Breema, there is something in me that knows the taste of body, and also recognizes the difference between that taste and when I’m caught in my thoughts. It’s not about becoming better or becoming anything; it’s about being, in this moment. Not Angela being, just being, just that, and Angela is included. If it’s about being anything, it’s about being available to life.
When I connect to this body, I am more available to life. It sounds simple, yet when I have this taste, there is absolutely nothing else I want. I know that this being, this aliveness, this unity, is what I want and what I have, in some way, been looking for my whole life. Continue reading “Being Available to Life by Angela Porter”
Seven weeks ago, as my co-workers were moving their office equipment into their homes and getting setup to work from home, I found myself on the internet researching how to use online meeting technology. Little did I know that a few weeks later, our office would stand empty and all of our in-person classes would be canceled for the near future. A few of us took to the computer screens and began practicing how to use this new online meeting application called Zoom.
After twenty years of participating in and teaching Breema and Self-Breema classes, the initial experience of doing Breema online was unusual. Continue reading “New Environment—Same Atmosphere by Luna Lacey”
As I was cleaning my house one afternoon, I began daydreaming about all the other places I would rather be. I saw that I was lost in my thoughts and wished to come out of the past and future, and into an experience of this moment. I decided to fold the laundry with Single Moment/Single Activity. I approached the activity as if I were doing a Self-Breema exercise. I stayed with my breath, experiencing the weight of the body sitting on the floor. I folded each piece of laundry with interest in how my body was stretching, leaning, and rocking. Continue reading “Self-Breema in Daily Life by Alexandra Johnson”
Translation available in Spanish
I was recently traveling in Europe teaching Breema workshops.
Halfway through the journey it became clear that I needed to make a decision whether to stay in Europe or to go back to the States. The borders were closing. A friend sent me an email asking, “Are you home? Where is home?”
I had just completed an introductory evening of Breema where a group of mostly new students had gathered to find out about Breema. The requirements for social distancing had not yet come to Stockholm. Still the influence of the media made the people a little nervous to get too close to each other. They were a bit apprehensive to find themselves in a group of strangers. Continue reading “Where Is Home by Birthe Kaarsholm”
Translation available in Spanish
Recently, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, the urgent thought “better hurry up!” came, with its familiar twinges of anxiety. I spontaneously took an impression of myself as I sat there, trying to hurry while sitting still: mind, convinced I should be closer to my destination than I was, and that somehow I was wrong to be where I was and not somewhere else; feelings, afraid of being late, critical of myself; and body, generally constricted, breathing shallowly, pronounced tension in belly and shoulders.
Fortunately, the Breema principle of “No Hurry/No Pause”came to mind, inspiring me to do as I do when doing Self-Breema or giving someone a Breema session—get the mind to drop its concept (“I should be elsewhere at this time”) by asking it to take on the task of registering the presence of the body. I did that, was nurtured by it, and felt grateful to be alive. Continue reading “Be Where You Are by Mary Cuneo”
Translation available in Spanish
Body-Mind Connection in Daily Life
I first heard the term “body-mind” in the ‘70s while in the Milwaukee University dance department. I was introduced to many evolving approaches that explored the interaction between these two parts. During that time, I learned how to use the mind as a tool to discover the nuances of sensory-based states, conditions, and stored experiences in my body. These methods are currently the roadmaps for the field of somatic practice.
Continue reading “Off the Mat and Into the Marketplace by Susan Mankowski”