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Finding Center and Breath

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Clint Pianalto

on 27 August 2012

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Transcript of Finding Center and Breath

Where is Your Physical Center? Dantian - refers to the physical center of gravity located in the abdomen (about three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel). “In order to share oneself honestly….one must also have a center around which one’s being holds forth. The word “center” is synonymous with many things, all of which form the core of a life and a person. A person’s commitment to life, his awareness of the world around him and his understanding of the beauty of the world and his own life are the foundation of a musician’s center. It is out of this center that human impulse is channeled which, in turn, influences the pulse, musical line, and the color and textures….But make no mistake about it, the conducting and creation of music flows from this thing called center. Center is the total integration of life and soul; inner being and outer being become one.”

- James Jordan
The Musicians Soul Singers with a good concept of center have......

Better balance and “base”
Lower breath
Focused energy
Fuller, less strident vocal production
An easier time with the concept of “awareness” Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something.

Finding Sensation- Yoga Nidra
Outer/Inner Awareness
Auditory Awareness
Tension Awareness “Center is the place by which you stay both connected to the ground and the earth, and to the world around you. To be alive, you must always be aware of your center. Your center provides stability and strength. It provides the kindling for trust in self and trust of others. Most importantly, one’s center is the place from which human love, care, humbleness, selflessness, and giving flow. All that you believe is translated to the choir in an unspoken language.”

-James Jordan
The Musician’s Soul Body Mapping is the conscious correcting and refining of one’s body map to produce efficient, coordinated, effective movement.
The body map is one’s self-representation in one’s own brain. If the body map is accurate, movement is good. If the body map is inaccurate or inadequate, movement is affected.
In Body Mapping, one learns to gain access to one’s own body map through self-observation and self-inquiry.

-www.bodymap.com Posture vs. Alignment
Four point alignment and a floating head
Food Tube vs. Air tube
How Big is Your Tongue?
Jaw vs. Jaws
The Spinal Column ~ an Apple to its core
Flow of Breath Sing with your whole body please.
Are you aware of your breathing?
As you sustain the phrase is your spine lengthening?
Are you thinking up and over?
Are you balanced at your hip joints?
Are your feet feeling the floor?
Remember to organize your spine like an apple around a core.
Breathing moves from the top down; not like filling a glass.
Breathe through the front tube.
Breathe leaving your swallowing muscles alone.
When you breathe, your ribs do not expand, they make outward and inward excursions.
When you breathe in your spine gathers, when you sing your spine lengthens.
Experience the whole cylinder of your abdominal wall.

-Barbra Conable
The Structures and Movement of Breathing Feet
Lower Back
Breathing out with ease

Breathing in smiling
Breathing out release
(yoga mouth) Breathing in 2 3 4
Breathing in deeply

Breathing out slowly
Breathing out 2 3 4

Breathing in deeply
Breathing out slowly “As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines.  Such a decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind.  Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation.  The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.  What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.”

-Abraham Heschel
Between God and Man If you don’t look for magic you’ll never find it.
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