Even though the pandemic has compromised us bodyworkers, many unexpected benefits have emerged. Prior to the recent online offerings, I attended a Self-Breema class at the Center maybe once a year. Now, I can participate three or four times a week and, with this more regular practice, I feel increased connection to students and instructors from around the world.
Continue reading “Reflections on Self-Breema by Andi Gibb”
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”
After chopping apples for several minutes, I scooped them into a bowl and the movement of my arms reminded me that I have a body. I stood in front of the table briefly, and let that fact sink in. I recognized that from the time I started preparing apples until then, my mind was lost in thoughts about the future, and my feelings shifted quickly from one reactive state to another.
Continue reading “Coming Home to Yourself by Elaine Pendergrast”
When I started studying Breema, I was captivated by the unusual yet totally natural way of moving with the whole body, both in the Self-Breema (individual) exercises and in the bodywork (two-person) sequences.
Having first trained as a dancer, I felt constrained by the almost exclusive use of my arms, hands, and fingers while working in massage for several decades. I stood alongside massage tables and leaned forward and over them, often reaching in uncomfortable ways. That’s why I immediately said “Yes!” to the total body participation that is intrinsic to doing every Breema sequence and Self-Breeema exercise.
Continue reading “Breema: The Dance of Existence by Susan Mankowski”
Like many of you, I can barely keep up with the demands of life: my job, a house with three cats, a social circle of long-time friends and neighbors, a large garden with chickens, bees, and a rabbit (okay, so most of you don’t have those), and my own health and well-being. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and find myself standing in the kitchen with no idea of what to do first, as happened a few nights ago.
At times like that, I know I have to prioritize, but in order to do that, I need to be centered and clearheaded. To help me become more present and available, I turn to the tools that have helped me in so many circumstances, those that I gained from my study and practice of Breema. Continue reading “Moving from Complication to Simplicity by Elaine Pendergrast”
Living from the heart means your Being is manifesting. The heart never loses track of the meaning of that which is. The heart itself is that is-ness. The first step is to be with the body. When your mind and body are together, the heart contributes its presence. You are what you see in the mirror, but you are also what produces that image. If you see both, you are seeing from the heart. The heart always sees in totality, not in separation. The mind is fragmented, but the heart is unified. Living from the heart means living in unity. Full Participation brings you to the heart. Body Comfortable brings you to the heart. No Extra, No Judgment, Mutual Support, No Force—each of the Nine Principles of Harmony brings you to the heart. The Nine Principles are the emanation of the heart.
–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber
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I was walking with my daughter. She asked me a question, and I realized that instead of listening to her, I had been lost in thought. As support for being available, I registered my breath and my footsteps as we walked. When I saw the mind drifting, I came back to the body, in order to participate more fully in this moment. Continue reading “Experiencing Body Comfortable in the Moment by Alexandra Johnson”