breathe

Exercise

Warm-Up:

Stand in a circle.  Feet apart, hands by sides, comfortable. Just pay attention to your breathing.  Don’t try to change it or manage it.  4 minutes
Take 4 deep breaths at your own pace.
Return to just paying attention to your breath while listening to teacher.

Teacher’s narration:

Breathing keeps us alive.
Our living bodies will breathe whether we pay attention or not, whether we intentionally breathe or not.
Our bodies know how to stay alive.  Trust your body’s knowledge.

Adaptation

Stand in a circle.  Feet apart, hands by sides, comfortable. Just pay attention to your breathing.  Don’t try to change it or manage it.  4 minutes
Take 4 deep breaths at your own pace.

Teacher’s narration:

Consider the air we breathe.

Inhale.  We take air into our bodies, air that includes the exhalations of others, and of all the surroundings (fresh air, salt air, smoke, pollution, chemicals).
Consider this an embodied experience of  relationship to place, and to political power:  Who puts what into the air our bodies inhale to stay alive?

Exhale:  the breath we have inhaled has entered our lungs, and there encounters blood, cells and all that is inside our bodies’ respiratory systems.  And now we exhale and our breath carries all that it has picked up inside us out into the air that others inhale.
Consider this an experience of “embodied entanglements with our social and natural environments. And…