Breath

When we come together as a group of people – as a collective body – where is our breath?

Breath is intimately related to life. Almost every cell in the body participates in, contributes to and depends on breathing at all times. Effort and ease (physical, emotional, energetic) are reflected in the breath. Lift a heavy load and the breath tightens & shortens. Witness a beautiful view and the breath softens & expands.

It is simultaneously autonomous and available for conscious shaping. Inhale sharply and the body tenses. Exhale softly and the body relaxes. Breath carries subtle integrated information and is an unbiased intermediary between biology and consciousness.

Its deeply embodied nature and intermediary place in consciousness grant breath a natural quality of integration. It is an underlying fabric of life.

When we come together as a group – as a collective body – where is our breath? What are the core activities that bind and synchronize us into a coherent group? Where is the delicate fabric in which our presence is coordinated and becomes an unspoken and autonomous foundation for our being, sensing and acting together?

What can we learn from the breath that takes place inside the body about the breath that takes place between bodies?

Breathing for Organizations is an exploration of how enhancement and refinement of the breath of individuals within a group can affect the breath of a group.

Individuals in a group are offered continuous personal guidance in developing their breathing. This process is based on a family of Yoga breathing techniques called Pranayama. The process is structured & systemic and also responsive and adaptive to the needs of every individual.

In this approach, subtle patterns are embedded in the evolution of the learning process. These patterns are learned implicitly, through direct physical experience. This is a form of learning that goes beyond intellectual understanding. As the breath improves, refines and expands, the wisdom of these patterns become self-evident.

As personal practices develop over time (at least one or two years) a collective experiment may begin to take shape.

How can individually seeded patterns sprout and inform groups?