The Power of Yoga for Performers
Hello, dear readers! Namaste! Today, I want to share with you the amazing benefits of yoga for singers and actors, along with my personal transformational story.
As an emerging singer and actor in the 1990s, I had a Jazz Studies degree, extensive performing experience, and some excellent knowledge ~ but not the best voice.
When you speak or sing, your body is your instrument!
I had been in a car accident on an icy Iowa highway that totaled the car and damaged my neck and back, until I got some chiropractic treatment.
Suddenly, my voice noticeably improved ~ and I was amazed that I started getting encores, when I performed!
However, I found out that chiropractic care can get expensive fast, and that it wasn't a permanent cure.
I took a personal journey and researched over 40 healing modalities - including acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, Alexander Technique, deep tissue massage, pilates, and more.
In the end, I discovered that yoga was the most effective healing modality that I could easily do for free.
Since then, I have taught some yoga to all of my voice students ~ with dramatic results!
Yoga is not just a physical exercise but a way of life that can help us performers to enhance our mind-body connection, increase our flexibility, and build our resilience. So, let's take a look at the benefits of yoga for singers and actors!
1. Strengthens breath control
Breath control is a fundamental skill for singers and actors. Yoga teaches us to focus on our breath and to use it as a tool to calm our nerves, regulate our emotions, and improve our vocal performance. Through various breathing exercises, we as singers and actors can learn to control our breath, increase our lung capacity, and develop a powerful voice that resonates with our audience.
2. Improves posture and alignment
Good body alignment is essential for singers and actors as it affects our vocal projection, pitch, facial expression, and overall stage presence. Yoga postures, also known as asanas, can help us performers to improve our posture, alignment, and balance. By practicing asanas that target the core, back, and neck muscles, performers like us can build a strong and flexible body that supports our singing and acting skills.
3. Reduces stress and anxiety
Performing can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience, especially for singers and actors like us, who face constant pressure to deliver our best. Yoga is a proven method for reducing stress and anxiety, as it promotes relaxation, mindfulness, and inner peace. By practicing yoga regularly, we can learn to manage our stress levels, improve our mental focus, and perform with greater confidence and ease.
4. Increases energy and charisma
Yoga is a holistic practice that balances the body, mind, and spirit. By practicing yoga regularly, we as singers and actors, can increase our energy levels, improve our stamina, and boost our immune system. Yoga postures that stimulate the chakras, such as the sun salutation, can help us to awaken our energy centers and tap into our creative potential.
5. Nurtures self-awareness and self-expression
Yoga is a practice that encourages self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-expression. By practicing yoga, performers like us can learn to connect with our inner voice, express our emotions authentically, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and harmony. Yoga can help us to develop our own unique style, voice, and stage presence that reflects their true identity and personality.
In conclusion, yoga is a powerful practice that can benefit singers and actors in many ways. Whether you are a seasoned performer or a beginner, adding yoga into your daily routine can help you to enhance your performance, improve your health, and deepen your spiritual connection. So, why not roll out your yoga mat today and start experiencing the transformative power of yoga for yourself?
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by Karen. Lyu
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Karen Lyu (she/her) is a Holistic Voice Coach + Eclectic Jazz Singer/Songwriter/Actor who has taught over 1,000 students from 13 countries to transform their voices, since 1997. She is an eHow.com YouTube voice expert who has earned IMIA, CCHI, TNAOC, TESOL, and New Science of Singing certifications. In Minneapolis, MN, she was the Voice Department Head and the Executive Director of the legendary West Bank School of Music. Due to her love of jazz, she earned a BSS in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance from Cornell College. Currently, she is Co-Chair of the Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA) BizCore Committee, and a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her new mission is to train creative amateur singers to become passionate pro performers who sing on pitch! Karen’s honors include a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a $10,000+ arts patron sponsorship, a MusiCares grant, being Executive Director of West Bank School of Music, and being a judge for Hmong Idol USA. Karen has sung in over 40 musical styles and dozen languages with 13 bands, since 1993. Karen has ADHD and mental illness, which makes her a more compassionate and innovative vocal coach. She is a huge tech nerd with 15 years of experience voice coaching online. Karen has lived in South Korea, CA, TX, MN, IA, TN, Chicago, IL ~ now Atlanta, GA. Karen also enjoys food, travel, yoga, animals, and the arts.