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Hara breathing applied to dance practice

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This article sets out to describe the beneficial effects of breathing methods derived from the Japanese martial arts Aikido and Kashima Shinryu Kenjutsu, as applied to professional dance practice and dance education. I wish to illustrate how change in subjective awareness may be brought about through the fundamental human activity of breathing and how this may affirm and validate a sense of self. The article includes extracts from the thoughts of Japanese Budo master, Minoru Inaba, and observations of undergraduate dance students with whom I continue to explore experiential processes.

Keywords: Aikido; breathing; energy; hara; mind and body

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: London Contemporary Dance School:.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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