Alexandra Johnson discusses how Breema supports her in recognizing the difference between thinking about Body Comfortable and actually experiencing it, in Breema classes and in her daily life.

Experiencing Body Comfortable in the Moment

Jul 05, 2018

by Alexandra Johnson

I was walking with my daughter. She asked me a question, and I realized that instead of listening to her, I had been lost in thought. As support for being available, I registered my breath and my footsteps as we walked. When I saw the mind drifting, I came back to the body, in order to participate more fully in this moment. 

This reminded me of an experience from a recent Breema class. As I was exchanging with my partner, I suddenly saw how much tension was in my body. A moment before I had the story that I was comfortable—but when I looked at it further, I saw all the extra in my mind, body and feelings. I took a breath and my shoulders dropped. I hadn’t even known they were raised. My hand naturally increased in weight—without force—and the movement became much more comfortable.

I was grateful for the support of the class to help me see all the tension I carry that normally goes unnoticed. Each time I participate in a Breema class or exchange I discover something new about myself and the unconscious ways with which I relate to the world. I gain appreciation for the support of Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony, which serve to highlight the difference between thinking about Body Comfortable and actually experiencing it.


Alexandra Johnson, MD, is an instructor at the Breema Center who teaches internationally and has a private integrative medical practice in Oakland, California. For information on consultation go to

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