The human voice, in the service of artistic expression, is a complex instrument comprised of muscles, tendons, joints, and cartilage that must work in a balanced coordination with an individual’s intellect, thought, and inspiration; the vocal instrument may be understood to be the self-expressive manifestation of a person’s entire mind-body matrix. When physical tensions, psychic blocks, or emotional stress and anxiety are present in the act of singing a song or chanting a mantra, the physical instrument is blocked from accomplishing the activity that is demanded of it by the music. Simply put, the singer’s body/mind must be ready and available for the creative activity at hand.
Classical Yoga can be employed as a technology to address physical and mental blocks that inhibit the free and authentic expression of the singing voice. Physical postures (asana), breath control exercises (pranayama), sensory awareness and control (pratyahara), stress reduction (yama/niyama), and mental focusing exercises (meditation) can aid the singer in becoming more attuned to her/himself. Yoga practices achieve the "whole person" balance that encourages freedom of expression. This is true for professional singers as well as amateur chanters; both endeavor to express themselves more openly, freely, and authentically.
YogaVoice employs a pedagogical philosophy that views the learner as a “whole”, and recognizes that educating the whole person is the key to authentic, integrative, transformative learning.