Freeing Your Voice
…because its not just your body that needs stretching!
Stretch out the Face
It may seem obvious, but your face (like any muscles) can get tense! Areas that are especially important to massage are the temples, the jaw and that tricky Temporomandibular joint:
- Touch tongue to top of mouth - open & stretch jaw.
This is a wonderfully simple technique to release the jaw, and interestingly, is a key component of traditional meditation practice.
Yawning will free up the muscles in the jaw and throat and even better, give you a hefty top up of oxygen!
- Vocal Exercises
Begin as a whisper and build up to a loud, but still controlled voice (a teacher never needs to shout!)
“yah, yah, yah” “eee, ooo, eee, ooo”
“hoo, ha, ha, hey”
What makes good public speaking?
The most important element in any public speaking training is simple - BREATHE!
Speak “on the breath.”
Use the breath to support your words, letting it out steadily while you are speaking, and pausing for a full inhale in between phrases.
Inhaling connects you to your mental faculties, it gives you space to consider your response and furthermore it creates a general spaciousness and a lift in energy.
It is vital that you allow your students appropriate time to digest a your words.
The natural timing created by a steady breath is a wonderful and simple measure for this. Additionally, it reinforces the centrality of the breath that you are teaching your students and serves to show you carrying your principles into your life.
Worry more about sculpting how you say something, rather than the content. Keep it simple, and sensational.
The best cues arise spontaneously and authentically (and most importantly with experience and familiarity.)
Talk yourself through poses and sequences in your self practice: this is especially useful for learning the methodical/functional cues.
Remember cues that resonated for you, and convey that experience to your students.