Better Breathing Workshop

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Mar 132014

Here is an exercise from the Better Breathing Workshop for this Saturday, May 28, 2016.  Move your lower rib cage while you breathe.  Not the upper chest or the shoulders, but the lower rib cage.  Put your hands on your sides where you can feel your ribs.  Make them flare out as you inhale. They’ll float back in as you exhale. Move them as much and as often as you can before our workshop.  You’ll be surprised how mobility improves in just a few days.kiteswirl by joatklipa

This one-minute video shows what is going on with the diaphragm and ribs while you breathe.  Click here. 

Moving the lower ribcage is the first of 5 points we’ll cover for that easy, efficient, baseline breath.  You’ll come away with a 10-minute practice that will help you, and that you can develop as much as you like. (And if you’re interested in advanced breathing practices, you’ll want to get the mechanics of the baseline breath first.)  Register for the workshop  or for more information (contact @ cynthiabretheim . com).


Logistics: There is a lot to cover from 10:00-Noon.  The workshop fee is $20, check or cash is fine. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable temperature-wise.

Scents: Please come scent free to accommodate our friends with allergies.  (Do not wear scented cosmetics, lotions or perfumes.)

Directions: The workshop will be at Fountain Square, 101 W Kirkwood on the square in downtown Bloomington.  map   There is free three-hour parking in the parking garage on 4th street between College & Walnut. There is metered on-street parking all around at $1.00/hour using quarters.  Please don’t get a ticket.

Eat Grapefruit!

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Feb 232014

It’s grapefruit season NOW and it’s February.  When I was a kid growing up in the midwest, Mom would try to grapefruit slicesget us to eat grapefruit any time of the year since they are available year ’round in the grocery.  They tasted awful though, and we’d pile on white sugar in order to eat them.  I had no idea that grapefruit tastes fantastic when it’s in season.  What a revelation!

The hint of spring has me wanting to dress for warmer weather, but it’s not spring yet by date nor temperature.  I’m trying to soak up as much sun as the weather will allow, and keeping active although I want spring now.  There’s no rushing it, and I want to save myself from the colds folks get at the change of seasons.  It will be warm soon enough, and then I can dress for it.  Meanwhile, keep warm, and check out my next breathing workshop–March 15, 10-noon in Fountain Square.

About those grapefruit–pink from Texas is my fav.  I slice them end to end, then into crescents, leaving the middle pith and grapefruit 1seeds on the cutting board.  Who needs a special spoon?

Longevity and Eating Healthy Right Now

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Nov 062013

Happy older manI was talking with a friend, whose lifestyle is very different from mine, about food choices.  He said he didn’t want to prolong his life by eating a healthier diet.  His Mother lived to be almost 90, and was very feeble in mind and body during her last ten years.  He thought an improved diet would prolong life without improving quality of living.  I disagree.

For me, eating healthier means improving my quality of living right now—a more flexible and clean mind and body right now.  It may increase my longevity, and I believe it will increase my quality of life as I age too. Looking-Ahead

Besides, eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds (real food, basically) tastes good and I feel good when I eat it.   I have less mucous in the morning.  My nasal passages are clearer.   My thinking is lighter, clearer.  Real fuel burns clean.  When I need more calories for fuel because of more activity, I love heavier food too, when I need or want it.

Efforts for health pay off now and in the long run with quality of life as I age.


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May 172013

When we try to lose weight, our bodies might slow metabolism at first in order to maintain the overweight homeostasis.

butterfly by Margy Kane

It takes time for new behaviors to dive into corresponding processes inside the body, and then resurface in a visible health condition. New behavior takes effect through persistence and intensity so internal processes get the message: “I really mean it, let’s change all the way through.” It’s no small thing to overcome behavior patterns that may have been there for decades, generations, or (depending on your belief system) lifetimes.

The importance of shifting old patterns even slightly, however, is totally worth the angst and grind of willful healthy change over an extended period of time. A new homeostasis takes hold from the outside behavior to the inside physiological process and outside again in a health condition. In addition to the internal benefits for each organ system that is affected by the change, there’s a possibility that efforts will help yourself and someone else, through

  • being observed by someone
  • verbally communicating your new pattern with someone
  • kinder actions to loved ones or even to passers by
  • kinder care of your internal organs
  • chaos theory for a butterfly in Brazil for heaven’s sake, why not?

It’s worth it.  It doesn’t pay to think any other way.

Healthy power comes from each conscious deviation from old, unconscious patterns.  Oh how rewarding is that notion, and exponentially rewarding, when the pattern begins to visibly shift.  And it does and it will.

Homeostasis.  Good when it’s good, and ever shifting toward our evolving intention.

Shift with the Better Breathing Workshop coming up Saturday, June 8, 2-4:30.


Preparing for a Fallow Time

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Feb 042013

Hunker Down.  That’s what we do in winter.  When I’m in touch with the turning-in of winter, my focus changes.  Harvest of the growing season fills my cupboard with squash, potatoes, onions, and the last batch of chard. The body of the earth closes the doors, turns out the light, hops into bed and pulls up the covers.

What we call a fallow time though, is just a shift in focus.  We, who live on the outer crust, see no activity in the earth’s body. Continue reading »