Tuesday, July 28
418 N 35th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
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$15, $20, or $25+: Low, Medium, or HIGH Income.
We will have 70 mins Circle and 20 mins Individual this time. Chatara Hajje and Tim Anderson will come around and assist during the Individual time.
To prepare you MUST have read and understood the How To sections below. Please. The more you know, the further you go.
This amazing work opens up everyone for the better and should be shared with anyone and everyone you care about; and, hopefully, you care about everyone! So bring friends, INVITE them to the Facebook event, etc.
Don't be late if you haven't breathed with us in this style before! We still must review the process and it's good to get to know each other! Dealing with late arrivals is a hassle.
Life is way too short not to live this fully.
You hope you don't need it, but, yes, you do.
You fear you can't handle it, but, yes, you can!
How to Breathe in Breathwork
Open both your nose and your mouth. Let the air go in where it can. This is not grounding, centering or meditative yoga, though those pair well. Keep your mouth open for the whole session.
On the exhale, soften your belly and relax – layer by layer. Soften the outer layer of holding as if it were the outside layer of an onion. Just let go of one layer of holding each breath you can. Let your beautiful belly relax out.
Work on the inhale. Only expend energy on the inhale. Really WORK the inhale! Go for it!
Watch the sadness, pain and fear, and feel it, but do not become it. You are always much more than your emotions. Your feelings and experiences can pass right through you – like your food, your air, your thoughts.
If you want more action, do at least 100 breaths deep and fast, or very deep and pretty fast, until you are exhausted, and then take a deep breath and hold it until you need to let it go. Surprise!
Six Aspects of the Breath
1. Relax fully and deeply on the exhale.
2. Breathe in hard!
3. Pay attention to everything, inside and out, past, future and present.
4. Accept whatever is happening, has happened, and may happen.
5. Integrate: Hurray! I’m sad, scared, in agony and will die! Ahhhh! Everyone doesn’t always get to integration, even after years of practice, but most people get there sometimes, and it’s worth whatever breathwork it takes.
6. Whatever you do is enough and perfect. Even if you showed up late and full of steak and Grand Marnier; even if you resisted the whole time, avoided everyone’s eyes, stared desperately at the hottest girls, breathed slow and shallow, undermined the teachers and left early ruining everyone’s session, you did show up. You did take your next step into living deeper. Good work! Purr-fuckin-fect! It was the best you could possibly have done and a real step out and in. You gave yourself and the group what you had to spare.
The Four Kinds of Breath
1. Slow & Shallow: The Republican or TV Breath. Don’t do it.
2. Fast & Shallow: The Kawasaki or Dog Breath. A vibrant pant. Good at the beginning of the session and whenever you get scared. Gets you started and stops you from coming out.
3. Fast & Deep: The Maserati Breath or Gorilla Breath. As full plus as quick as possible. Great for the middle of the session. It drags you down and activates you, but it’s hard to do for more than 20 minutes in a row, and it doesn’t move the emotions as well as the…
4. Slow & Deep: The Cadillac or Elephant Breath. Great all the time. It brings the breath into the heart, awakens, in-lightens, cooks, discharges catharts you, like saint in a cave in a desert for 40 days. Really.
What’s coming up is on its way out.
Stuck, Yuck, Yum
The heart is an organ of fire.
Re-member situations that upset you. What’s coming now is the most urgent.
Inhale stuck emotions – anxiety, anger and depression – through your open mouth, down your spine, and deep into your softening and opening pelvis and belly.
Keep softening the belly, layer by layer. In the belly we start to really feel. The stuck anxiety, anger and depression become yucky fear, pain and sadness. YAY!
Keep the breath moving without pauses, like a wheel rolling down a hill. If you don’t notice anything much happening, push the breath faster and deeper.
Then, suck the yuck – the sadness, pain and fear – all the way up to your heart.
Relax the armoring in your chest. Aim for your throat on the inhale. Fill yourself from your knees to the top of your head.
This is the coolest part. Your breath should sometimes catch in your throat. You should cough sometimes and sometimes feel you might vomit. You probably won’t vomit. Breathe deeper. This is your body, flush it out. Bring in fresh clean air and wash your emotions up to your heart. Feel the anguish moving through you! YAY!
Your heart is the organ for digesting feelings. The heart wants to transform your yuck into yum – gratitude, pleasure and hope. It’s built for that. Your heart is made to break open and let even more in. It won’t seem like it in the moment, but your heart handles your worst feelings like a giant cathedral handles a mouse: No problem. Just inhale everything in and down and up to your giant, waiting, hungry heart. Your heart embraces the pain and transforms it. Over and over. Each breath. No matter how big and frightening and deep.
Exhale the yum! Let it go. Share it with those you know and the world. If you want it, give it away. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Feel what you really feel, however hard it is.
And feel your resistance to feeling.
Breathe into the resistance.
Breathe like your favorite super hero breathes.
Breathe like you wish your weakest parent breathed.
Let your self act and feel and be crazy.
Make monkey faces!
Let yourself cry. Lift any ban on sobbing. Keep inhaling. Cry on the exhale.
Keep the breath wheel rolling down the hill. No pausing. Cry and grieve and keen (without showing off).
Breathe as deep and relax as fully as you want the anxiety, anger and depression in your life to become hope, pleasure and gratitude.
Breathe as if this were your last breath. Immediately inhale again, imaging the breath filling you all the way from your toes to the top of your head. Exhale as soon as your lungs are full, so your breath is circular, never pausing.
Exhale until your lungs are totally empty. Push it all out.
If you feel scared, crazy, high, horny or dizzy, you're doing it right. Keep going til the music ends.
Don't touch, don’t flirt, don’t fret, don't move around, don't talk, but breathe as big as you can.
Inhale through your genitals and up into your heart and head. Bring all your feelings, instincts and thoughts into your heart.
Let the emotions, thoughts, instincts all run through you – but don’t let them set up housekeeping.
Experience everything inside and between you as if you were up close, hearing and smelling and watching a huge train pass – vibrating with the weight of it. But STAY OFF THE TRACKS!
If you cry, cry on the exhale, and keep inhaling. Don’t pause or hold your breath. Let your heart and mind run wild. Scream, but don’t chat. Stay in your body and in-joy the breath.
Ecstatic Circle Breath Guidlines
I wanna scuba dive into your eyes.
~ Larry Levine
Poles apart, I’m the color of dying, you’re the color
Of being born. Unless we breathe in each other,
There can be no garden. ~Rumi
You MUST connect eyes as directed for the entire session! You don’t absolutely have to breathe deep or fast if you don’t want to (though we will keep telling you to), but you MUST make the eye contact or we will escort you out of the session!
Circle breath is a group voyage. We go somewhere together. If you aren’t making eye contact, people will wonder what’s happening and what to do. Surrender to our voyage. It will always go somewhere new! It’s safe!
- Wear light, loose fitting, comfortable clothes in layers. You will get hot and cold.
- An extra blanket is nice.
- A thick pillow or two to sit on.
- Eat and drink only lightly for several hours before breathing.
- Consider bringing a snack as you will be famished after the session.
Make and maintain a VERY ROUND circle. The people on both sides of you need to always be able to all see each other. SLIDE BACK!
If someone gets enthusiastic and moves or leans too far in, so you can’t see your partner, you must gently help them to move back into the roundness of the circle.
The facilitators will breathe and feel and act out as fully as they can in the process with you. Don’t worry, we can maintain focus and boundaries and keep the process going while raging, wailing and dripping phlegm.
We may direct you to:
- breathe a whole song with one person,
- take 10 breaths with one person’s eyes and then move on, or
- take 100 breaths and move on, or
- breathe for 30 seconds, or
- as long as you want, or
- a few moments, or
- just keep looking from person to personaround the circle
- something else!
If you have any patience left, we know what to do.
If you love sleep, we’ll tear you away.
If you change into a mountain, we’ll melt you.
If you become an ocean, we’ll drain you. ~Rumi
Sit close, touching knees and holding hands for the first four songs. Then stay in your seat and stay round for the rest of the session.
After finishing each song, bow to your partner. Namaste. The divine (as it were) in me acknowledges the divine in you.
After bowing, make a swimming fish motion with one arm until find your next partner. Then lock eyes and point at each other. Wear your glass or contacts if you’re near sighted! It’s super important that you’re breathing with each other and not with the person next to the person who’s breathing with you!
If there is an odd number of people, one person will have an object that is passed around the room so we know who is “out” for that round. A tennis ball is good.
If you have to pee, get the object from whoever has it. Hold on to it after you return until the song ends and then return it to person you got it from.
If there is an even number, the object will be in the center of the circle. If you have to pee, get up and take the object and give it someone who’s willing to be the odd person out while you are gone and breathe with you after you return.
Sorry this is complicated! It’s even harder to get right when you are super high on air!
If you do have to go to the bathroom, keep breathing the whole time or you will pretty much have to start over!
Careful when you stand up! Standing too fast can make you dizzy and fall.
For the last few songs we usually allow you to lie back, close your eyes and breathe on your own if you want. The facilitators will stay seated and looking in eyes, as will others probably, so you may stay sitting or pop back up as you feel the urge.
Breathe with whomever. Don’t try to breathe with people you are attracted to! You really think she’ll dig that empty ghost stuff? This is heart work. You can truly heal if you let yourself! You will get horny, but keep breathing. Move into yourself. It’s hot.
Don’t avoid people you don’t like or fear! Those are THE BEST people to breathe with! You know why.
Don’t worry if you keep breathing with the same people, but do try to breathe with everyone at least once if it’s not too difficult to catch them.
Be in service for the entire process and also be totally open to receive love, attention, help, and care.
- If you tend to be a giver, let yourself receive more than usual.
- If you tend to seek care and attention, let yourself be more in service than usual.
- Get out of your rut! Try the other strategy for wrangling love!
Honor the boundaries and guidelines so you can work deep within. Stay in your seat. Focus on your body. Let go of how nutty you look to others. You don’t have to prove anything. Sit. And breathe. And gaze.
Look at her face.
Open your eyes into her eyes.
When she laughs, everyone falls in love.