Aside from singing lessons, another thing that helps with singing or public speaking will be a feeling of looseness and flexibility in the throat. While some may trust it
“Hot tea, lemon and honey” To achieve this, there are some yoga positions that help “loosen” the vocal cords and, with practice, increase the flexibility of the muscles in those areas.
Now, from personal research, a specific book titled ‘Singing for the Stars’ by Seth Riggs – the music industry’s who-is-who vocal coach – specifies that stretching not only warms up the vocal cords but everything as well. the body before doing vocal warm-up is very useful.
With that in mind, I specifically incorporated those poses I know from the feeling of loosening the cervical region which obviously contains the throat. (As a bonus, some of these poses loosen other body parts which are useful for my “James Brown-Michael Jackson-Prince” style moves, by the way …)
Now I’ll show you my options and explain them briefly.
1. Greetings to the sun.
This is more of a combination of poses than an exclusive pose. Its ease and versatility are useful for warming the whole body and increasing blood flow. Plus, with the associated deep breathing (and the corrective effect it has on breathing in general), this unique collage of very simple movements will come in handy for warming up and doing just about anything.
2. The posture of the wheel:
This is a backbend pose that, thanks to its execution, greatly stretches the entire body. When done correctly, the head is turned upside down, which consequently elongates the throat and increases blood flow to the head. When running medium-fast time numbers, I like to do the wheel pose to get the adrenaline pumping and also add the twists (it’s a counter pose so to speak) for an even more balanced stretch it can offer.
3. The pose of the lion:
Think “Scary Movie 1” here for a minute, remember when Marlon Wayans yells “whazup” and sticks out his tongue? Well, this pose has a similar running concept. Also, I have actually read that taking into account his name, it is usually a recommended pose to overcome shyness, as some yogic texts state when performing a pose, it returns to the characteristic of the object or creature that gives it the name . Since this is the lion pose, it is believed to increase boldness and confidence. For now let’s stick to the immense throat lift it offers.
4. The sequence of the shoulder position:
Well, this sequence includes a pose known in Yoga as Savagasana (which means it affects all parts of the body). It is a simple inversion pose and when performed with their contrasts – The Bridge and Fish Poses, they loosen the entire body properly. If my performance or session is early in the day, I can just do this sequence on my own (with the sun salutations mentioned above) and be fine. The fish pose mainly relaxes the chest and is often recommended for respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.
5. The relaxation pose:
The name says it all. After a session or performance, it is always best to cool down the vocal muscles, as it is useful for intense daily use. Perhaps no other pose comes close to relaxing not just the vocal cords but the entire body as the relaxation pose yoga has to offer. This simple relaxation technique is something I’ve added to my list of essentials as a singer and it will be useful for interested parties as well.
In addition to these postures and since chanting involves a high degree of breath control, the Breathing Exercises (also known as pranayama) belonging to Yoga are very useful, as well as some Yogic Cleansing techniques for the body such as nasal cleansing, throat and language. … But this is a completely different topic.
Additionally, a yogic diet, which is similar to the fraternity’s mucus-free diet / drug-free lifestyle, helps ensure that excess mucus is curbed and, of course, fasting, a recommended yoga practice, increases it even more. . In fact, this last factor is secretly why I almost never run out of breath while performing.
Maybe if one day I end up winning a Grammy (hey, you never know …), I can get on the podium and give Yoga a lot more credit for helping me sing better, but for now, if your profession, yours passion or a hobby require heavy use of your vocal cords, you can definitely benefit if you add some yoga to make them work much better.