|Learning Circular Breathing|
Here are some short exercises which might help you to learn circular breathing. The below explanations might also help you understand what actually happens during circular breathing.
Give yourself twenty minutes and do the following exercises.
You just did it. Now you know that you can breath in through your nose while pushing air out of your mouth. You also know that you
can isolate the mouth space from the rest of your breathing system. We do so by using the root of the tongue.
During circular breathing we use the same tongue movement to temporarily close the back of the mouth while we take a snatch of air through the nose into our belly. You have to learn it first, but then it becomes automatic.
Another helpful exercise is to get yourself a balloon and blow it up. Realise just how much air you can hold under quite a bit of pressure in your cheeks. Most beginners do not use enough pressure when playing didj. Didj playing is so therapeutic because you have to breathe!!!
When circular breathing we first fill up our cheeks with as much air as possible, then we close of the back of the mouth with the root of the tongue, use our cheeks like a pair of bellows to keep pushing air through the lips into the didj and at the same time snatch air through the nose.
As soon as we have a large fast snatch of air into our belly, we use our belly to produce the air-pressure, remove the tongue from the back of the mouth and so on.
Take the snatches of air early, so you can put plenty of air and pressure into your mouth before starting the snatch.
Now you just need practice. It's a matter of learning to synchronise the different components of circular breathing, just like learning to synchronise the clutch and accelerator in a car.
For many more useful exercises, see our
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