How Yoga Empowers Your Voice

Amanda Clarke

Todays post is a guest article by Amanda Clarke at Gloc Media.

Yoga is an ancient art of restoring peace to the body and mind. It’s calm, relaxing, and a perfect way to wake up in the morning or decompress after a long day. Yoga is typically thought of as a way to strengthen your muscles, so you may not know that yoga is also perfect for those who need good, strong voices. If you’re a singer, an actor working for a voice over agency, or a professor giving lectures multiple times a week, practicing yoga will help strengthen your vocal chords so you can always be at your best.

Yoga is an aerobic activity, which means it’s incredibly beneficial for your lungs and heart. You may not be running, but your body does work hard when it contorts into various poses. The healthier your heart, the lower your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. Pair that with healthy lungs, and you’ll feel less fatigued after prolonged or rigorous activities, such as singing or giving speeches.

Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, are at the core of building strong voices. Slow breathing is the most effective for singers, and uses the lower part of the lungs and chest. Just as choirs and vocal coaches often take special care to emphasize proper breathing, yoga instructors guide you in exercises to help you breathe through your diaphragm, allowing you to have relaxed and controlled breaths.

As we spend our days hunched over our computer screens and mobiles, our posture strongly suffers. Yoga restores alignment to the vertical column, which means your body can breathe more deeply and your blood circulates more efficiently. Professionals who rely on their voices also need strong pectoral and abdominal muscles. Regularly practicing yoga with the correct posture tones these muscles, and gives the professional a stronger voice.

If you’re a person who would like to try singing and yoga at the same time, there are classes of voice yoga being offered across the globe. Search the web and see if there is a session being offered in your area. If you want to stick to traditional yoga, that’s all right too. It doesn’t matter if you practice yoga with an instructor or on your own. The bottom line is: the more you practice yoga, the stronger your voice will be.

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