Perfect Breathing: Interview with Al Lee

I sat down with Al Lee at a cafe and we chatted about breathing. Al Lee talks about breathing as the first and foremost important skill that one needs for performance in athletics, business, martial arts, relationships, sex, mindfulness. 

This one elemental thing we all do can be a huge source of energy and healing for all the systems of the body if we do it right, if we do it wrong, we are leaving a lot on the table at the least and could be the cornerstone of overcoming health issues.

Al talks a lot about how breathing has helped him in business situations be open to creativity in decision making and dealing with stress in the professional space.

I asked him how to teach the breath. He says you must practice. It is not enough to have experienced it in the past or to know about the benefits of breathing.

He places an important on not judging your breath, its about practicing awareness.

Thanks a lot to Al for his time and sharing his take on breathing that ties us to our primitive selves and takes us into our daily lives with focus and full performance.

Excuse the barista sounds, this is my favorite place to interview because it feels like two friends just shooting the breeze about our interests. 

ACTION STEP: Do this, in your reminder list on your phone, set it to remind you to do 5 minutes of breathing work first thing and at the end of the work day.

Set the timer for 5 minutes, sit down, close your eyes. Focus on what parts of your body move or feel stuck while you breathe.

Remember that knowing is not enough, daily practice is what allows us to access these benefits. There is no replacement for daily practice. 

Having a teacher is the best way I know how to instill better practices in my life. 
If you want to elevate your performance in all aspects of life, it starts with a step in the right direction.
Set up an appointment with me  at Bridgetown Physical Therapy & Training Studio and I will show you the techniques that help me access the powerful skill of breathing and how to instill discipline in practice everyday. Call my office at 503-222-1955 or email gheadley@bridgetownpt.com

 

 

Interview

Todd Wymer and his lovely lady and fellow accupuncturist Kaecee and I sat down to coffee for an stimulating conversation that I decided to record. What I get stimulated by is a health professional with deep domain knowledge in his specific art but sees the inroads and parallels with other perspectives. This is the antidote to gurus and finding the flawed quest to find the one true answer to health or anything else. Todd just received his doctorate in Japanese accupuncture. Additionally he is a badass in Kali, a Filipino martial art that uses knives. He practices his knowledge of integrated body movement in his art of Kali that is a direct application and helps him feel what he is teaching his patients. 

Where in your community can you meet and learn from someone in a parallel practice that can help give us fresh perspective and just as martial arts and eastern practices teach us, a lot of old wisdom is becoming new and popular as Western thinking opens up to it.  

Check out the audio below

What is missing from your movement, Integration

I am a recently new student to Tai Chi and Qigong. This discipline is unlike anything I in my repertoire of endurance, strength, mobility training. These old arts stress integration of the whole body moving together. Now our modern methods are studying Tai Chi and finding the benefits. Part of the problem I find in my practices of exercise and how I am trained to teach exercise is in isolation. Exercises designed to isolate the core, the arms, the legs, the cardio system, stretching. The language we use to describe what we intend to get out of our movement sets us up to have a self-limited experience. The parts might be moving as we train them but when it comes to power in the real world to move, what we miss out on is how we can feel tension in our body before it becomes pathological and using our tension in a smart way that takes advantage of energy return instead of burning out. 

Try this video of my Sara teaching a little Qigong practice and see how you feel,

Take care.