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Psychophysical Education (2): Definition & Background

Psychophysical Education (2): Definition & Background

In the first part of this series on psychophysical education, we saw that psychophysical does not refer to the interaction between mental and physical factors, nor the overall effect a practice may have on one’s general attitude and outlook…

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The Whispered “Ah” and Controlled Exhalation

The Whispered “Ah” and Controlled Exhalation

The most basic element of the whispered “ah” is the controlled exhalation, which as we read earlier is the true foundation for breath support. A simple way of understanding the controlled exhalation is to think of it in terms of not holding the breath. If you lift a heavy object or prepare to speak, you’ll notice that the initial response is to stiffen and hold the breath. If, at the moment you begin to hold the breath, you stop and let the breath out slowly through your lips or teeth, you are performing a controlled exhalation. Controlling the exhalation in this way allows us to shift our attention away from holding or taking breath (which is the universal tendency), and instead to focus on letting the breath out…

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