by Elaine Pendergrast

Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement based on a profound understanding of the underlying unity of all life, and expressed through the Nine Principles of Harmony. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health, consciousness and self-understanding. It offers us a practical way of raising our level of consciousness by unifying body, mind and feelings. The direction is to nurture vitality and wholeness, instead of focusing on symptoms of imbalance, illness or disharmony. Practicing the bodywork while applying the Nine Principles creates an atmosphere of nonjudgment, presence, and support that is very alive and tangible.

The Nine Principles can also be integrated and applied in any profession and in activities of daily life, helping us to bring greater harmony to all our relationships. The nonjudgmental atmosphere created by our use of the Principles is deeply nourishing and enables us to let go of conditioned patterns so we can connect to new and more natural ways of moving, thinking and feeling.

The Nine Principles of Harmony

Body Comfortable
When we look at the body, not as something separate, but as an aspect of a unified whole, there is no place for discomfort.

No Extra
To express our true nature, nothing extra is needed.

Firmness and Gentleness
Real firmness is always gentle. Real gentleness is always firm. When we are present, we naturally manifest firmness and gentleness simultaneously.

Full Participation
The most natural way of moving and living is with full participation. Full participation is possible when body, mind, and feelings are united in a common aim.

Mutual Support
The more our Being participates, the more we are able to support life and recognize that Existence supports us. Giving and receiving support take place simultaneously.

No Judgment
The atmosphere of nonjudgment gives us a taste of acceptance of ourselves as we are in the moment. When we come to the present, we are free from judgment.

Single Moment/Single Activity
Each moment is new, fresh, totally alive. Each moment is an expression of our true nature, complete by itself.

No Hurry/No Pause
In the natural rhythm of life energy, there is no hurry and no pause.

No Force
When we let go of assumptions of separation, we let go of force.

Learn more about the Nine Principles of Harmony at, or at the Open House and workshop being held March 16 and 17 at the Buddhio at South Perry Yoga located at 915 S. Perry St. in Spokane.