Lesson 5 – Natural Breath
Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability and understanding of breathing naturally by performing natural breaths and reflecting on Second Circle breathing exercises.
While sitting in their chairs, invite students to sit in First Circle, Third Circle, and finally Second Circle. Ask students:
Anatomy of Breathing
Breathing Video – https://youtu.be/MPovpAXcmIU(After the video ask students the question and have them practice breathing with their anatomy in mind)
Notify students that you will be leading them through various breathing exercises to help them breathe naturally.
During these activities, students should be focused, non-verbal, and self-aware. Ask students to refrain from making comments, talking to each other, or joking around with the activities. Remind them that a great actor is focused and committed.
Physical Movement as you Breathe (Rodenburg pg. 57-59)
First Circle Breath and Third Circle Breath (pg. 63-64)
The Two Stages of Breathing (pg. 65-70)
Read through the entire Inhaling section on pg. 65-67. This will provide students with three exercises that stretch their body and deepen their breathing.
Next, read through the Exhaling and Supportsection starting on pg. 68 with the paragraph “The whole process of inhaling…” until the end of pg. 70 (skip the bullet point on the top of page 69 that says “Try using this methods to…”)
Inform students that they will work on speaking in Second during the next lesson. Ask them to memorize Sonnet 18 so they can fully participate in the activities.