I was invited to deliver this workshop by the leader of a leading local Yoga Academy that offers a teachers training programme. Powerful voice skills are included as part of the course
First I explained to the participants their Course Leaders purpose for the session:
To explore tools to develop voice:
- Pitch variation
- How to enhance each persons individual voice to engage their students
- To be fiery of voice or softer when necessary in their delivery of the instructions for the different asanas ( including for the different parts of each sequence).
Then I asked the participants to write down their personal purposes for their own voice development on A4 paper with the 3 main points they wanted to be coached on.
Began with voice/body warm up – included jaw relaxation, tongue stretches, breathing, humming, humming into opening the mouth
Included vowel and consonant exercises – used the room fully, standing with our backs to the walls to feel the spine, asked the participants to imagine and address:
- a baby in their arms
- a kitten stuck under a house
- someone in their family who was making them late to leave the house
- their dog
- and finally a dog in the road in the path of a truck
Asked them to observe their throats, bellys, neck muscles, head resonators, and breathing for each of the examples. Explained that to speak well in public it’s good to have access to the full spectrum of vocal sounds, and then to improvise, speaking from the intention to communicate, and allow the whole authentic human voice to function.
Asked the participants to teach one- three asanas to the group while I watched, listened and took notes and observations based on the course managers and the participants individual purposes .
Coached on the three points they outlined, plus any very clear points that I pick up on that they might not have noticed.
Offered opportunity for self reflection.
Offered an opportunity for peer feedback.
Finished by listening to recording of Sanskrit pronunciation of the asana names. We all practiced these together.
Sung Vande Gurunam ( Ashtanga mantra ) three times with Om.
Here are some resources you can download
And a mp3 to listen to by Awakening Circus collective performing a rousing street yoga demonstration with music. ( in Spanish and Sanskrit) which begins with Vande Gurunam.