A New Posture for Life by Susan Mankowski

A New Posture for Life Blog

According to Breema, “a new posture for life is needed for new thinking and feeling.” I had always thought that posture refers only to the physical body—“Stand up straight!”

Thanks to my years of studying Breema, I now know that the body is a system of interrelated parts and when we understand what it means to move harmoniously, we can go through life with less tension and more ease, with a posture that is integrated and efficient. Continue reading “A New Posture for Life by Susan Mankowski”

Deepening the Connection to the Body by Susan Mankowski

As my lifetime unfolds on this earth, I am discovering that there is more unknown about the body than known. This evolving mystery of who and what I am is no longer a search for me, but an invitation and reminder to come to an experience of myself that is direct, alive, and in this moment.

In the practice of Self-Breema, known as the Art of Being Present, information and concepts accumulated over the years from many systems of thought take a back seat to the exploration of body-mind connection. While my thinking often leads me to that fascinating inner terrain where speculation and imagination abounds, I have found that bringing the attention of the mind to the activity of the body, including the breath and weight, clears, calms, and opens my mind to a new ability to simply see what is in the moment and to be with it. Rather than seek meaning and purpose through the realm of thought, there is a possibility to enter into a dynamic and continuous process of being in and responding to life.

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Off the Mat and Into the Marketplace by Susan Mankowski

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.

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Breema: The Dance of Existence by Susan Mankowski

Alexis Mulhauser Breema Bodywork Dance Week

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-Breema exercise.

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