After reading the method that I covered, a subscriber, Melissa, sent me an email. In it she detailed a method to improve breathing that she uses. I have tried it and found that it was a good method to help with the dances that require a really strong posture (waltz and such). I would do it a few times before actually dancing and noticed that I felt a bit stronger in my posture. Give a try yourself to see if it helps.
1. Put your hands on your ribs. Elbows are out to the side. If you put your hands on your hips and then slide your hands up to your rib cage, this can help you find the right placement.
2. Think about expanding your 'back' NOT the chest but your back area. Feel your back and sides moving in and out...you should feel a deeper breath develop. REMEMBER your chest is not rising up and down.
3. The lower parts of your lungs are expanding out and in, and your core is pulled in.
4. You can do this standing, sitting or lying on the floor. I found standing best.
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