Clarinet, Teaching

The Modified Box Breath

I was taught this wind version of the Box Breath by Laura Dwyer, a fabulous flutist in the St. Louis area. Also known as the Navy Seal breathing technique, the Box Breath is calming and energizing at the same time. Students who try it find it effective in calming nerves before tests or auditions. Practice the Box Breath as part of a daily practice routine for 10-15 minutes. It really works!

The wind version includes a quick inhale followed by a slower exhale. It may take a while to learn to pace the exhale. Be sure to visualize the rectangle. Unlike the original box breath, I go immediately from inhale to exhale without a pause or ‘catch’ in the throat.


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