"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.
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:
This course helps you establish a healthy, long term habit which will help you reach your goals.
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.
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.
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.
Here we begin our diaphragmatic work-out. We are able to strengthen our diaphragm through these simple hissing exercises.
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.
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.
Use this video for your practice once you become familiar with the positions. This video will support you in mastering the positions.
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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.
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