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How to Swim Head Up Breaststroke

Head up breaststroke is particularly useful for swimming outdoors, for navigation, taking in your surroundings, communicating with other people and avoiding putting your face in cold water.

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A Natural Breath – What are the chances?

It is possible to let air out freely into the water then allow it to come in without tightening the neck and gasping, but it requires a lot of preventive thinking and, if we’re too focused on our goals, our chances are going to be slim.

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Look At Me

An image of a swimming teacher powering along, slick forearm hanging loosely off nice high elbow, or taking an easy breaststroke breath with bottom lip resting on surface, palms up underwater, kind of suggests, ‘Look at me. I can teach you to swim like me.’ And this might be misleading.

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Where Did It All Go Wrong?

We can’t be free until we stop pulling our head into our body. This means allowing separation of the head from the neck. This is what the Alexander Technique direction ‘neck free’ is about.

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Welcome to the Comfort Zone

I often see this kind of motivational writing: You’re fat. Have a good look at yourself and work out how you’re going to run your first 5k. You can’t swim. Start with a length, which feels impossible at first, then work towards 4 lengths without stopping. Before you know it, you can keep going and do your first mile.

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Only More Freedom

What does ‘going swimming’ mean to children when they beg us to take them? Play. Adventure. Fun. Adults are different in water but we can still be creative and explore.

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New Windows

The people most capable of getting something really beneficial from being in water are the least likely to do it.

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Learning to Swim Like a Robot

What I’m doing isn’t helping me rest, breathe or move. I’m hindered by the starched, heavy cloak of trying, doing it ‘right’, and there’s nothing worse!

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Underwater Swimming

Want to swim like Shinji?

Don’t associate Alexander Technique in water with the perfect stroke, if there’s any such thing, because it can be so much more basic, and available to everyone, than that.

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