The vowels are sound carriers with which the air is released in the most flowing way, so that a candle at a distance of 50 cm to 100 cm should not flutter during the sounding when it is performed perfectly (cp. Candle test p. 114).
When talking or sounding the vowels the tongue remains loose, whereas with most of the consonants the vocal tube becomes constricted through tongue movements. We know vowel breathing from Leser Lasario’s Vowel gesture breathing, Prof. Ilse Middendorfs Vowel space breathing (cp. 12) and others.
The vowels a -e o- -u and the diphthongs ae -ai -au -ei -eu -oe -oi -ou have a releasing, circulation stimulating and regenerating effect on the organs in whose area they resonate. Bwel breathing therefore not only promotes optimum exhalation, it is also an effective therapy.
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According to Prof. Ilse Middendorf every vowel whether spoken, sung, thought or contemplated has a certain constant geometric breathing movement space in the body, which we find for ourselves, yes even can perceive ourselves if we practice with patience and sensitivity. With contemplating a vowel, then we mean this vowel is experienced as an internal sound, which does not initially appear as an external sound.
So the U-space forms like a pedestal in the lower pelvis, the O-space circles around the centre of the body, the E-space extends us horizontally/elliptically in the area of the flanks, the I-space vibrates cylindrically in the upper area of the head and shoulder girdle, and the A-space embraces us like an egg.
The vowels are experienced differently and can also trigger different moods and activities: For example the vowel u pacifies us, whilst the e turns us towards the outside world, the diphthong o makes us cheerful in the chest.
With the consonants we differentiate the semi-vowels or voiced consonants from the fricative and occlusive sounds. With their vibrations the semi-vowels or voiced consonants promote circulation and have an expectorant effect on the respiratory tract and lungs.
Humming exercises on hm, hn, hng, I, j, j, sharp s support the exhalation, prevent pressed breathing and have a balancing and expectorant effect.
Sounding on L:
Sounding on L loosens and relaxes, above all in the pelvic area. Sound L initially quietly for a while with the tip of the tongue pressed against the upper hard palate and perceive where the feeling of the breathing movement moves in yourself and spreads through your pelvis. Then exhale loudly on.