1950 She married the photographer Erich T. Middendorf.
After many years of work in her own practice and institutions close to professions, she became a professor at the University for Music and Fine art in Berlin. In the year 1965 she founded and directed the first training institute for the Perceptible Breath (Berlin). That was followed in 1982 by the Institute in Beerfelden (Odenwald) whose founder and director is the author of this book. Interested persons who speak English have the possibility of being trained in the USA at the Institute there by Juerg Roffler: www.breathexperience.com.
Of all the modern breathing methods, that of the Perceptible Breath has achieved the greatest degree of fame.
The significance of the Perceptible Breath in the “search“ for the body formed in the subtle-physical by The Mother cannot be too highly estimated. The breath is the medium through which, according to the statements of The Mother, connections can be brought about from the physical body to the body on the subtle-physical level. Over and through breathing we will experience that breath too of which Sri Aurobindo in Savitri wrote:
should the hidden eternities manifest themselves to you, the breath of the
infinities which have never yet manifested themselves....”
Scientists working within a different framework have also recognized the significance of breathing; the physician Dr. Ludwig Schmitt wrote about their research in his book ‘Atemheilkunst’ (‘The Art of Healing with Breath’). Here is a summary:
a) Mechanically there is a correlation between breath movements and countless organs of the body and their functions;
b) Circulatorily-dynamic breath movements are coordinated closely with the functions of the heart and the body and lung circulation;
c) Chemically the following are all influenced by breathing: the supply of oxygen, the carbon dioxide level, the concentrations of ions and with that the entire state of the metabolism;
d) Nervous-reflexive breathing has an effect on the neighboring organs and their functions by way of interconnections of nerves;
e) Central-nervous There is a deep-reaching influence on the motor activity of the organs above all on the motor activity of breathing, on the cerebrum - and the processes of consciousness of people and with that on their sensing and feeling lives.