The exhale is nature’s strongest emotional and physical release.
- Focusing on your exhale promotes free breathing…
- …because you may hold your breath when under pressure and forget to breathe out
- …and because you will never forget to breathe in.
- The inhale oxygenates the body. A quality inhale fills the stomach before the chest. Consider studying yoga breathing.
- Free breathing is made possible by good posture.
Notice how dropping your chin constricts your breath.
Notice how rounded shoulders constrict your breath.
Consider studying the Alexander Method as a pathway to free breathing.
- Holding your breath in your chest can raise the shoulders and lift your weight off of the instrument.
- Exhaling helps release weight onto the instrument and allows gravity and arm weight to replace muscle and pressing down as a source of vertical strength.“
- The martial arts use the explosive exhale as a source of speed and power.
- Feel your body and muscles softening as you release your breath.
- Feel your nervous system quieting as you release your breath.
- Feel your emotions calming as you release your breath.