I like to practice tuning my vibrational field my making various sounds and then playing with them as they vibrate, pulsate and regulate themselves through increasing the levels of intensity. There is only one rule and that is to become childlike. For instance, say SO and notice how your tendency is to blow outward with the sound. Say the So sound again, can you feel the outward focus?
Well, just by reversing the breath awareness we can stimulate a molecular rearranging, a shifting of the physiology of physical body. Now breathe through your mouth while rounding your lips into the original SO position. I sometimes call these movements lip asanas. Again, purse your lips into the SO position, and pull breath into your body while trying to enunciate SO. Feel the difference between the two ways of breathing SO? Try again, purse your lips and sound SO blowing outward, now shift into SO pulling breath graciously inward.
Now, lets take it a step further into our awareness by sounding another sound. HUM, try Hummm as your purse your lips together until they begin to tingle. Hummm, see how long you can hold that vibration as your whole body begins to tingle. Now put the sounds together, Soooo (breathing inward) Hummm (breathing outward) and repeat this practice for at least 30 seconds at a time for about a total of three minutes.
Now, change the sound to WHAAAA, and feel the widening of your pelvis floor. Do this again, WHAAAA and begin to notice how long you can maintain the sounding tone before you need to take another breath. Experiencing expansion, take it to the next level of vibration and organ stimulation, by sounding the word HEYYYYY. Try softening the HEYYYY holding firmly onto the YYYY part.
The most astonishing recognition occurs when we realize how much we are away from breath awareness. Our focuses become so external, we forget all about our breathing patterns and that is alright to get you safely through a cosmopolitan type of day. When you become aware of pulling in your breath, then simultaneously, spontaneously, press your lips together firmly and hold the breath in your lungs, change happens on a molecular level. Do this again, by holding, and pressing the breath downward until you feel as if your going to faint. Inhale (count 4) Hold (count 4) Exhale (count 4) Don’t Breath (count 4).
You can do this inhalation breath both through your nostrils or through your mouth, and then STOP, or prevent the breath from exiting. Finally upon exhalations ask yourself, do I let the breath out in a flowing manner, upward and outward streaming gracefully through either mouth or nostrils or do I struggle? How we breath is how we live our lives.
The fun part is that it is your choice. How empowering is that? Without the immediate need for therapy, you become your body’s best soldier. Patrolling the breath, following where it goes and notice if it is even flowing. You may notice after a while that your breath quietly goes into a restful, effortless screen saver mode of self maintenance. I have so much fun with sound work and breath awareness. It becomes like child play or like tuning a pitch fork, only we can choose. Ask yourself, if you are experiencing this potent inner dialogue at any given moment of the day.
Now again, pull breath in as if to hold your breath, recognizing the lifting of your chest, ribs, and belly. Hold the breath and gently release through a relaxed mouth using the AHHHH sound. Again, inhale AHHHH, then exhale AHHHH. Now try the sounds of YUMMMM, inhale YUMMMM, then exhale YUMMMM feeling the sensations in your throat, chest, belly – YUMMMM. Now move your awareness to another sound; the sound of YUKKKK. Breathing inward pulling in the sound, YYYY, UUUU, KKKK cutting off, ending stopping the sound.
These breathing tools will trigger your body’s own chemical reactions. By practicing breath you will begin to change your senses. Remember to set some time aside and slow down to become aware of the power of your breathing.
Breath is the bridge between mind and body.
Yum or Yuk, So or Hum, Wha-Hey, you always have a choice.