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Old 10-28-2000, 08:01 AM   #6
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One concept that's worked for me is rather than trying to get rid of the tension and such, I try to replace it with a different quality like "softness." This ties in with a question that you can ask like, "What would I be like if I had more softness (or whatever quality you're working on) in my life/technique/etc?" It helps to work on this kind of quality for at least a year...

As far as breathing goes, I've learned that taking a breath through the nose for a count of four, holding it for a count of seven, and releasing it with sound for a count of eight is a relaxation technique. I've also heard that you should have the tip of your tongue on the ridge behind your teeth (the alveolar ridge). I believe this comes from yoga...

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