Welcome to the companion website for Yoga for Singing: A Developmental Tool for Technique and Performance, by Judith E. Carman. This website offers videos which accompany the book.
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The video materials presented here are for demonstration purposes only and are not intended to serve as full practice guides. The demonstrations are presented by two voice teachers, three undergraduate voice majors, and one undergraduate theater major at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. None of the six has had more than introductory yoga training. All have different body types and levels of flexibility, and none practices yoga on a regular basis. The use of these non-professional models is intended to show that singers who wish to include yoga in their general voice training need not have any special background or experience to do so. Consequently, the level of expertise differs from model to model and posture to posture, and few will approach the perfection commonly seen in yoga books for the general public that concentrate on āsana. These models are more like the students one might find in a class designed for singers.
The postures, with two or three exceptions, are demonstrated by a male/female pair to offer appropriate models for all singers. Many of the asymmetrical postures are done in mirror image while others show one side only. In all cases, an asymmetrical posture should be done on both the left and right sides. In order to keep the demonstrations brief and clear, each posture or part of a posture sequence will be performed with a four-count Inhalation and four-count Exhalation with two repetitions and one “stay.” All breathing is done through the nose, and each Inhalation and Exhalation should be sustained smoothly for the duration of four counts, as should the motion of moving into and out of the posture. This smooth physical movement is like the smooth movement of the voice through a sung phrase.
The voiceover gives the number, English name, and Sanskrit name of each posture, breathing practice, or short demonstration practice, followed by the video demonstration. The numbers associated with each posture correspond to the Numbered List of Āsanas found in Chapter II of the book, where detailed instructions are given. The photographs in the opening frame of each demonstration are the same as the illustrations found in the book.
The material is divided into five categories: individual postures, short examples of practices for specific purposes, breathing techniques, a short demonstration class that includes all the elements of a complete practice in shortened form, and an illustration of humming exercises. The illustration of humming exercises with scale numbers, notation, and interval names is intended as a visual guide for the humming exercises given in Chapter III.