WHAT IS BREATH?

~ The Source of Life Energy ~

You do not need 

to leave your room. 

Remain sitting at your table and listen. 

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do 

not even wait, be quite still and ordinary. The world will freely offer itself to be unmasked, it has no choice. 

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.   

Franz Kafka

The breath 

is the principal power needed in healing. 

All the various manifestations of the magnetic 

current which come from the tips of the fingers, from the glance, and from the pores of the skin are indirect manifestations of the breath. It is the strength of breath which gives magnetic power in all its different aspects. Weakness of breath causes weakness of mind and body, and strength of breath is strength to both. One cannot lack energy and magnetism if one's breath is full of energy. Therefore before developing any other means of healing the power of the 

breath should first be developed.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Abide in an infinitely spacious place, devoid of trees, hills, dwellings. 

Let your gaze dissolve in empty space, until your mind relaxes.

 

In the empty space which separates two instants of awareness, 

radiant spatiality is revealed.

Vijñânabhairava Tantra
 

Remember: always try to breathe 

through your nostrils, and not through your mouth, because air must contact the olfactory nerves to stimulate your brain and put it into its natural rhythm. If you don't breathe through your nose, in a sense you're only half alive.  

Robert C. Fulford, D.O.

You do not need 

to leave your room. 

Remain sitting at your table and listen. 

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do 

not even wait, be quite still and ordinary. The world will freely offer itself to be unmasked, it has no choice. 

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.   

Franz Kafka

Because no cancer cell exists, 

the respiration of which is intact, 

it cannot be disputed that cancer could be prevented if 

the respiration of the body cells 

would be kept intact. 

Otto Warburg, 

1966 Nobel prize 

Recipient

The major miracles of yogis 

are in the reduction of respiration and accumulation of carbon dioxide. For thousands 

of years the yogis were looking for “prana”, 

which is somewhere in food, air, etc. It turned out that carbon dioxide is prana. Here is the main source of life - carbon dioxide. If you accumulate it, you become a “superhuman”; if you lose it, 

you suffer.

K.P.Buteyko, 1969
 

The breath is the horse, the mind is the rider.

Tibetan saying
 

All healing originally resides in the human breathing system.

Rudolf Steiner 

Over the oxygen 

supply of the body 

carbon dioxide spreads its protective wings. Johannes Friedrich Miescher, MD, 1885

70% of our nutrition comes via the breath. Gurdjeff

I've learned 

that there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath 

on your cheeks. 

Anonymous

You do not need 

to leave your room. 

Remain sitting at your table and listen. 

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do 

not even wait, be quite still and ordinary. The world will freely offer itself to be unmasked, it has no choice. 

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.   

Franz Kafka

Fear is excitement 

without the breath.  

Fritz Perls

The major miracles of yogis 

are in the reduction of respiration and accumulation of carbon dioxide. For thousands 

of years the yogis were looking for “prana”, 

which is somewhere in food, air, etc. It turned out that carbon dioxide is prana. Here is the main source of life - carbon dioxide. If you accumulate it, you become a “superhuman”; if you lose it, 

you suffer.

K.P.Buteyko, 1969
 

I am the Breath that Nourishes Life

~  Owau no ka ha ka mauli ola

Ancient Hawaiian Ho'oponopono

Torodial life flow 

is a dance of breath and energy in and out and through the body, the trees, the cosmos. Microcosms of the macrocosm. 

The smoke of my own breath echoes, ripples...

I sing the body electric. 

Walt Whitman

You do not need 

to leave your room. 

Remain sitting at your table and listen. 

Do not even listen, simply wait. Do 

not even wait, be quite still and ordinary. The world will freely offer itself to be unmasked, it has no choice. 

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.   

Franz Kafka

The major miracles of yogis 

are in the reduction of respiration and accumulation of carbon dioxide. For thousands 

of years the yogis were looking for “prana”, 

which is somewhere in food, air, etc. It turned out that carbon dioxide is prana. Here is the main source of life - carbon dioxide. If you accumulate it, you become a “superhuman”; if you lose it, 

you suffer.

K.P.Buteyko, 1969
 

Mind movement needs 

breath movement; mind moving 

fast needs fast movement in breath. According to Ayurveda, 

which measures life in breaths, 

your life will be shortened if your breathing is too fast, as when you 

are in anger or in fear. 

Osho

To use your breathing 

to nurture mindfulness, just tune in to 

the feeling of it... the feeling of the breath

coming into your body and the feeling of the breath 

leaving your body. That's all. Just feeling the breath. Breathing and knowing that you're breathing. 

This doesn't mean deep breathing or forcing your 

breathing or trying to feel something special, or 

wondering if you're doing it right. It doesn't mean 

thinking about your breathing either. It's just 

a bare bones awareness of the breath moving 

in and the breath moving out.  

Jon Kabat-Zinn
 

It is our quiet time.
We do not speak, because the voices 

are within us.  It is our quiet time.
We do not walk, because the earth

is all within us. It is our quiet time.
We do not dance, because the music has lifted us 
to a place where the spirit is.
It is our quiet time.
We rest with all of nature. We wake when 

the seven sisters wake.
We greet them in the sky over the 

opening of the kiva. 
 

Diné (Navajo)
 

There are two graces 
 

in breathing: 

drawing in air and discharging it.

The former constrains, 

the latter refreshes. 

So marvelously is life mixed. 

Thank God then when he presses

you, and thank him again when 

he lets you go. 
 

Goethe

There's a way of breathing 

that's a shame and suffocation.
And there's another way of expiring 

a love breath that lets you 

open infinitely. 

Rumi
 

If A equals success, 

then the formula is  

A =  X +  Y +  Z. 

X is work. 

Y is play. 

Z is keep your mouth shut. 

Albert Einstein

I am 

A hole in a flute

That the Christ’s breath 

moves through -

Listen to this

Music

Hafiz

Take deliberate pleasure in your breathing!

BreathDance

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Charlottesville, VA 22902

Tel: (828) 450-5999

dorisse@breathdance.org

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