What is Breema?
Breema is a teaching of the heart, an expression of the
unifying principle of Existence. It's purpose is to create
harmony and balance between your mind, feelings and body,
and in your relationship to yourself, to others, and to
What does that mean? How would I know I want that?
I can't fully answer that question, but I can say that
when I am fully present, I experience being at peace with
myself and life in a deeply nurturing way. Breema leads
me to that. Trying Breema for yourself is really the only
way to experience it. Otherwise, you are always just comparing
these words to a prior experience. That is not Breema. :)
Breema bodywork combines nurturing touch, firm yet gentle
stretches, playful rhythmic movements, holding, tapping
and more - renewing balance in mind, body, and feelings.
Dynamic and nurturing, Breema effectively releases tension
and increases vitality.
Sessions are received fully clothed on a well padded rug
or mat and last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour+. Bodycentered
meditation and Self Breema exercises are frequently included
within the session.
Self-Breema exercises are sequences done on one's own body.
They are an opportunity to experience being both the practitioner
and the recipient at the same time.
The movements of Breema bodywork and Self-Breema are balanced
and in harmony with our essential nature. By working with
the Breema principles as we practice Self-Breema, we simplify
and purify the activity of the mind and feelings, inviting
a higher level of consciousness that is less mechanical
and more purposeful to participate in the body's movements.
The physical body is a container. We usually fill it with
thoughts and feelings that have a disharmonizing effect
on our physiological function. When the container is filled
with Consciousness, we experience aliveness and vitality
in the body. When Consciousness participates in our activity,
the imbalanced vibrations we receive from our surroundings
are transformed into harmonious energy that can be beneficially
used by the body.
Practicing Breema, Self-Breema and the Nine principles
invites physical flexibility, emotional balance, and mental
clarity, and helps us to move in harmony with the natural
laws that govern life and health. As body, mind, and feelings
unite in a common aim, we become present. We experience
a natural vitality and deep connection to all life, it guides
us toward higher levels of consciousness in which we can
wake up to our True nature.
Working with the principles
In our ordinary state, we live inside our mind. We practice
Breema in order to "come out" of the mind. Breema's
principles free us from our mistaken identification with
our mind as ourselves. We can let go of the imaginary separation
that keeps us from participating fully in life.
The aim of working with the principles of Breema is to
come to a level of consciousness in which we know we are
not separate from the life that surrounds us, and to see
that everything that happens is part of the process of Existence
manifesting. In these moments, we are able to conserve the
energy we usually waste in judgment and criticism. We have
acceptance of whatever we see or experience, based on the
recognition of the perfect harmony of life, which dynamically
changes form, moment by moment. Seeing that things are the
only way they could be in this very moment allows us to
use our life energy constructively by fully participating
in whatever we are doing. ...
Eventually, as we gain confidence, we see the opportunity
to practice Breema during short moments of other life situations.
Our small successes in actualizing a moment, here and there,
of being present, encourage us to bring Breema into more
of our daily activities. We may even come to the point where
we see that nothing is really an obstacle to living our
life with the knowledge that there is a body or the knowledge
that I exist and Existence exists. As we enjoy the freedom
and harmony of tasting and manifesting our True nature in
many situations in life, we become grateful for everything
life brings us. Our gratitude becomes a part of the warmth
and beauty of life that nurtures us and everyone around
Above excerpts from: Every Moment
is Eternal, By Jon Schreiber
available at www.breema.com.
New Relationship with Myself by Carrie Gray
(Awareness Magazine, May/ June 2007)
Bodywork: Being Present in the Body by Mara Bright
(Wisdom Magazine's U.S. National Edition, July 2007)
Awareness is Always
Breema is a servicemark
of the Breema Center.
photo by Joy Rowan,
The Nine Principles
When we look at the body, not as something separate, but
as an aspect of a unified whole, there is no place for discomfort.
To express our true nature, nothing extra is needed.
Firmness and Gentleness
Real firmness is always gentle. Real gentleness is always
firm. When we are present, we naturally manifest firmness
and gentleness simultaneously.
The most natural way of moving and living is with full participation.
Full participation is possible when body, mind, and feelings
are united in a common aim.
The more our Being participates, the more we are able to
support life and recognize that Existence supports us. Giving
and receiving support take place simultaneously.
The atmosphere of nonjudgment gives us a taste of acceptance
of ourselves as we are in the moment. When we come to the
present, we are free from judgment.
Single Moment/Single Activity
Each moment is new, fresh, totally alive. Each moment is
an expression of our true nature, complete by itself.
No Hurry/No Pause
In the natural rhythm of life energy, there is no hurry
and no pause.
When we let go of assumptions of separation, we let go of
To the heart.
To the Truth that is in the
To the heart that is Existence
That which is not Love is fatal.
photo by Krystal Kinnunan
Student experience: Once every so often,
you meet someone, and you know that what they have to offer
is invaluable in your life. Katherine Correa is an instructor
of Breema . . . a bodywork that has touched my life on so
many levels. Breema is bodywork that is done on the floor
with clothes on. It has given me the taste of simplicity
and being in the delicious moment. Nothing else for me is
really needed in this life. To slow down, feel this moment
. . . .my body breathing . . . my body having weight . .
. me just being present within myself in this existence
with this moment as it is.--CG