Another eleven pages of breathing activities for drama, contributed by Lindsay Price of Theatrefolk.

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Another great collection of breathing exercises contributed by guest artist Lindsay Price of Theatrefolk. Here are eleven more pages of activities!

Example of a breathing activity:

Abdominal, Diaphragm breathing

Breathing from the diaphragm is going to give you a deeper, fuller breath, more so than breathing from the chest. If you’re a musical theatre performer, you must breathe from the diaphragm in order to make a full sound. If you’re acting in an emotional scene, you’re going to need as much air possible. It’s important to get in the habit of feeling what it’s like to breathe from the abdominals.

  • Lie on your back, knees bent, feet on the floor. One hand on your chest, the other on your stomach. (Why? You’re most relaxed when you’re lying down. It’s also easier to see the stomach go up and down.)
  • Breathe slowly in and out. You want the hand on your stomach to move much more than the hand on your chest.
  • Now stand, keeping that hand on your stomach. Can you still feel your stomach going in and out, or do you start to breathe from your chest?
  • Can you recognize the difference between chest breathing and abdominal breathing?

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