I attended my first Breema workshop many years ago at a time when no “notes” were given. Instead, we were to take an impression and use what comes alive for us—a novel way to learn for me! Although I come from a life-long dance background, having begun ballet lessons at age two and with BA and MA degrees in dance and dance therapy, I wondered, “How will I remember these exercises and sequences?” Continue reading “Life Touching Life by Rolinda Schonwald”
Originally published in the 2020 Conscious Dancer Newsletter
A quote from a Breema book says, “Ideas are exciting, but this moment is real.” When I first took the quote in, I remember feeling something inside me open up to know more. Not more about something that would necessarily make me wealthier or wiser, but more about deepening a connection with myself—and with life. Continue reading “Real Connection Starts with Me by Alexis Mulhauser”
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.
The experience of “coming to the body” is not something that I ever thought would be my saving grace. But time and time again, when life presents challenging circumstances, “coming to the body” supports me. That support starts when I register my body is breathing or my body has weight. These two tools bring me out of a reaction to life’s events and into a relationship with myself. From that place of relating to myself, I am able to relate to the circumstances that present themselves from the perspective of connection and well-wishing.
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”
The aspect of Breema that I find most compelling is that everything it teaches is meant to be brought into ordinary everyday life. By applying the Breema principles and connecting to the actual experience of the body while practicing the bodywork and Self-Breema exercises, I get a taste of myself which is free from the conditioned pattern of my ordinary ways of thinking and seeing the world. The more I experience these tastes of my unconditioned self, the more I know that this is how I wish to live my life. Continue reading “Breema as a Support for Presence in Everyday Life by Denise Berezonsky”
Yesterday, after spending the day in computer meetings, I noticed how low my energy was, as well as my mood. Yet when it came time to go to bed, I found myself aimlessly scrolling on my phone.
Today I taught a virtual Self-Breema class. I saw how, over the course of the class, my energy began to increase. Even though the class was online, my focus was inward, and not out at the screen. As I tapped on my legs as part of the exercise, I experienced the vitalizing effect of receiving Breema. This deepened when I worked with relaxing my hands and brought in the principle of No Hurry/No Pause.
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”
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”
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”