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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Breathing: The Art of Cultivating Relationships

Alexandra Fidyk.

This presentation considers the poetic possibilities that arise from a cultivation of breathing. Through the use of narrative, biography, poetry and art, I consider the interrelationships between inner and outer landscapes of self and pedagogical space. The philosophical work of Luce Irigaray (2002), the educational theory of David Smith (1999), and the concept of interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh (1998) guide my meditation on breathing whereby such attunement opens us to the relatedness of all beings and the potentialities of such composition and belonging. Through attention to yogic and pranayama practices I suggest that to cultivate life is to preserve and educate breathing, the in-between space of our individualized bodies and of the greater body of the universe. The pause, listening and silence (Levin, 1989, Fiumara, 1990), the necessary alteration of doing and letting be (Iyengar, 2002) are perhaps what permits the constitution of a "properly human subjectivity" (Irigaray, 2002, xi).
I will draw on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and practices, Western thought and personal experience.


Alexandra Fidyk  (Canada)
PhD Candidate
Graduate Division of Educational Research
University of Calgary

Alexandra Fidyk is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. She has studied and taught secondary literature in Finland, Japan, England, China, USA, Colombia and Egypt.

  • Breath
  • Interbeing
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga
  • Self/subjectivity
  • Listening
  • Letting be

(Virtual Presentation, English)