‘Meeting the breath’: half-day gatherings
Connecting with your breath is a great way to get straight to the heart of what is important in life. Many cultures have recognised how fundamental breath is to human life, and not just for the supply of life-sustaining oxygen. Our breath responds to everything - to the stimuli of the outer world and to all that goes on in the inner world too.
In the practice of Middendorf breathwork breath is allowed to come and go on its own as we focus on the sensations of the movements of our bodies with breath. This brings us directly into the present moment, the now, and into the physical reality of ourselves. Allowing breath movement to permeate our whole selves can be healing, soothing and joyful. The capacity to remain present and perceive more and more subtle breath movements develops over time.
The gatherings are led by John Howard, a certified Middendorf practitioner since 2007..
Half-day group gatherings are offered monthly on Saturday afternoons. There are two sessions of about 75 minutes each with a break for afternoon tea. The dates and times for the coming months are:
- Saturday 19 October, 1pm to 4.15pm
- Saturday 16 November, 1pm to 4.15pm
- Saturday 21 December, 1pm to 4.15pm
Cost: These workshops are now conducted on the basis of ‘pay as you feel’. The workshops were previously $60 full, $45 concession.
Where: Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray.
Bookings & further details: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Group workshops usually begin with everyone sitting on flat-topped stools taking some time to place their hands on their torsos and sense the movements of their bodies with their breath as they let it come and go; not trying to make it bigger or smaller, faster or slower, allowing it to be as it is in the moment. There is a shift from the dominance of thinking to that of sensing - perceiving sensations of movement, perhaps also of warmth or coolness, of hardness or softness of bone, muscle, flesh. Experiential breathwork focuses mainly on sensing while also allowing time for reflection and integration through periods of rest.
Much of the work is conducted in three part sequences where there is first a movement or activity, second a time to sense what has changed as a result of the activity, and third a rest. Activities include a wide range of movements, vowel soundings, and work with pressure points. They encompass both structured movement sequences and free-form breath movement improvisations. The work is oriented to increasing awareness of body and breath.
Read some responses to previous half-day breath workshops here: