The Holistic Voice - Breathing for Improved Performance
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The Holistic Voice - Breathing for Improved Performance

Learn a daily breathing practice which will enhance your dancing, singing, athletic performance, public speaking & more.
4.7 (25 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
497 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Implement a Daily Breathing Practice
  • Measure Breathing Capacity
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  • Space to lay down and roll over

"Breathing easily and fully is one of the basic pleasures of being alive." - Alexander Lowen, The Voice of the Body

Breathing is an important part of our lives that we often overlook. Especially in regards to the diaphragm, which can go virtually unnoticed and unused to the non-trained vocalist. This course provides a blueprint for an empowering daily breathing practice which aides in strengthening your diaphragm in order to achieve a fully supported and developed voice.

The course is made up of a collection of body movements which allow you to check in with your body and your breath to improve all aspects of your performance. At first you will be following the course as it's broken down into seven segmented moves and individual lectures. After running through the course once or twice and physically participating in the movements, you will then be ready to go through the third section which will provide an unbroken version of the course.

After you experience the entire practice a few times you will have easily committed it to memory. At that point, you will have developed a personal breathing practice which you can apply to many aspects of your life. Whether you're seeking to improve your singing, acting, athletic performance, public speaking prowess or for your own mediation enhancement.

At the core, this is a powerful meditation practice, which is important to the lives of many top performing athletes, dancers, actors and CEOs. Emotional intelligence is the foundation of leadership, so cultivating a meditation practice is crucial for top performers.

The technique is an amalgamation from a collection of expert's ideas such as Kristin Linklater, Alexander Technique, Yoga, meditation and Giana's personal experiences.

"I felt relaxed, satisfied and content. As a leader of yoga and a school teacher, this practice has continued to help me to be more confident and comfortable in my role. I even feel taller" - Danielle Redlin

The course was developed when a friend of Giana's had asked for help in rediscovering her original work. She had been singing the same songs for years but had lost touch with the music. The meaning of the song and the performance felt stale. As Giana and her friend worked through the meaning of the song and maintained a powerful meditation process, they identified where the love for the music was stored in her body and released it.

Who is the target audience?
  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Actors
  • Athletes
  • Public Speakers
  • Corporate Speakers
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
Overview of Course
2 Lectures 03:14

Your listening to this because you want to create a breathing meditation which can support you in reaching the next level. That could be in dance, public speaking, singing, athletics, managing stress or anything else. This course is perfect for people seeking information related to:

  • Breathing Mediation
  • Public Speaking
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Deep Breathing
  • Public Speech
  • Health Breathing
  • Yoga for Athletes
  • Breathing Made Easy
  • Yoga Breathing
  • Deep Breathing
  • Breathing Retraining
  • Vocal Lesson
  • and much more...

This course helps you establish a healthy, long term habit which will help you reach your goals.

Preview 01:44

Breathing/Finding Your Voice
8 Lectures 34:09

In this lesson we discuss checking in with your body, finding your breath and finding your balance on your feet and in your hips and shoulders.

Preview 04:11

In this next lesson we explore our spines, neck and shoulders in the forward fold pose. Remembering to take our time and to keep everything loose in order to use our bodies efficiently.

Preview 02:41

This position helps us start our deep breathing through our diaphram. To fill up our belly and all the way to our necks with air pulled from the deepest part of ourselves.


The child's pose helps us reduce our visual sensory intake without closing our eyes, and opens up your hips to allow a deeper fuller breath.

Child's Pose

In this semi-fetal position we find ourselves in our most relaxed state. We are able to achieve what some call the moment of infinite possibility.
Preview 02:33

Here we begin our diaphragmatic work-out. We are able to strengthen our diaphragm through these simple hissing exercises.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Balance is an important facet of this breathing routine. So in this lesson we do everything we have done from Lecture 7 to Lecture 1 in the reverse in order to keep ourselves balanced.

In Reverse

This part can be difficult but it is a wonderful way to investigate our breathing while undergoing stress. You muscles should feel tired during this section all the while keeping a clear passage for breath and not causing any stress to our neck or shoulders.

Lifting Your Arms
Full Practice
2 Lectures 35:15

Use this video for your practice once you become familiar with the positions. This video will support you in mastering the positions.

Full Length Daily Breathing Practice (Video)

Download this and load it to you smart device so that you can do you breathing practice while away from the computer.

Full Length Daily Breathing Practice (Audio)
About the Instructor
Giana DeGeiso
4.7 Average rating
25 Reviews
497 Students
1 Course
New York based creator of The Holistic Voice

Giana DeGeiso is a singer, actor, teacher living and working in New York City. She created and has continued to develop The Holistic Voice since 2009. Combining pieces of Alexander Technique, Yoga, Meditation, Kristin Linklater, and personal experience.

Ian Robinson
4.6 Average rating
173 Reviews
2,785 Students
4 Courses
CEO of Freedom Podcasting, Podcast Producer Media Engineer

The Freedom Podcasting Company has been producing world class podcasts for a world class group of individual clients ranging from hedge fund managers to human guinea pigs to estheticians and much, much more.

As CEO, Ian is responsible for building systems around production which empower the Freedom Podcasting team to produce excellent media for clients with consistent results. To build these systems, Ian and the team require rock solid attention to detail and a deep understanding of the processes behind the scenes.

As an organization, we have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Podcast Magazine and are regular focuses of Social Media Examiner.