Standing firebreathing

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I try to perform firebreathing standing without bending forward. Can you get the same benefits by doing the exercise standing without bending forward? I play a wind instrument and to avoid pressure on my abdomen when playing - (I have rectocele and cystocele) I try to perform firebreathing standing. It could be a win win situation, because it is pretty much the same breathing technique you use when playing a wind instrument or singing. A better tone on my instrument and an improvement of my prolapse. There are probably not many people who have this problem, but can you improve your prolapse by standing firebreathing while you play? Or have anybody results of standing firebreathing? I would love to hear, because I would be really sad to give up my instrument.

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Hi Whitelotus - you can't really do justice to firebreathing in the fullest sense, from a standing position, because you get a great benefit from having the organs naturally settling into your lower belly so you don't have to think too much about posture per se, while doing it. It is enough just to concentrate on your movements, being sure to inhale and exhale at the proper time. Your breath creates a vacuum that helps pull the organs farther forward.

That being said, you could do pelvic rocks while standing. You have probably seen Christine demonstrate these while sitting on the floor. You could do these standing as well. Just make sure that you are pushing the belly forward on the in-breath, rocking your belly all the way back on the out-breath. I can't however, really picture you doing this while you are playing. Just stay in posture, breath properly, and do some good firebreathing when you can. You're not a newbie here, so I'm surprised you would even think about giving up your instrument. Please help spread the message that you can do whatever you want! - Surviving

Hi Whitelotus,
If you know the posture and keep in the posture as much as possible while playing your instrument, which looking back through your posts is a saxaphone.
Wind instruments do take a lot of air and pressure and I have played the oboe which takes tremendous force. Luckily I played mine mostly sitting down.
From my observation many musicians lean forward, or if they are standing up straight still have their head bent forward, whether to read music which isn't at eye level, or it is because most people hold themselves that way anyway.
If you don't read music and perform with your saxaphone, try keeping your chin slightly tucked as part of whole woman posture.
In regard to breathing, most musicians breath in through their mouths while playing.
That I would change gradually to nose breathing if I ever played a wind instrument regularly again.
I would stand strongly in Whole Woman Posture and if you have been doing this for a few years you should have a strong abdominal wall and be able to kind of anchor yourself in place.
I would direct any abdominal pressure while releasing air to the bellybutton area, but I would not expel so much air between breaths that my abdominal wall/ stomach are pulled right in.
If you need to do firebreathing, do it like Surviving suggests and if you love music, you don't need to stop playing.

I have been in the posture for some years now and was told after a colonoscopy a few years ago that I had a significant rectocele and then the specialist proceeded to recommend surgery.
I went to my gynecologist for a routine pap test, some years later, and when he asked me to cough he asked me twice because I directed the pressure to my lower abdominal wall and he said prolapse was fine. I don't believe it has changed in size, it is just higher up because of WWP and managing inter-abdominal pressure.
I also sneeze placing the pressure into the same spot as often as possible.
I hope this helps,
Happy playing,
Aussie Soul Sister