Chapter One: BreatheBreathe in through the nose, pushing the breath as far as you can into the lower regions of the body.
For as long as you can, hold...hold...hold....Slowly, exhale through the mouth until your stomach is completely deflated. Repeat twice (or as many times as you can). Take time out throughout your day for some deep breathing. (Let it be your coffee break.)
When we breathe thoroughly, we allow the organs their fulfillment of oxygen, which needs to go all through the body to give it strength, to bring up poisons, toxins -- to cleanse (and burn off a bit of fat in the process). According to Asian sages,...
Introduction: Warm Up
When the year 2000 commenced, I was seventy-two years old and had quite a lot on my plate. I played to sold-out crowds at Manhattan's Café Carlyle through mid-February (two shows a night, six days a week). Rehearsals for The Wild Party
began in January (six days a week -- long hours), with the show in previews in March and fully up and running in mid-April (six evenings a week plus Wednesday and Saturday matinees). I also had the goal of completing this book by May Day, 2000. In between, there were out-of-town appearances -- here a day in Charleston, South Carolina, there a day in Savannah, Georgia, et...