Yoga for Musicians Workshop & Masterclass
This two hour workshop contains two parts: a hands-on, interactive introduction to proper alignment of the body using key concepts from yoga and yogic breathing techniques as they pertain to singing, and a dynamic application of these concepts to performance in a masterclass setting. The concepts of body alignment taught in yoga are extremely useful for singing as they encourage proprioceptive awareness and a tension-free stance. The group will be led through a series of yoga postures specifically aimed at preparing the body to sing by eliminating tension and facilitating proper alignment. Pranayama breathing techniques will also be presented and are used to help singers become more aware of the movements of their breath, aid in developing breath control, and to help calm pre-performance nerves. This workshop will introduce these concepts to the entire group and then apply them to the performance of 2-4 singers (as time allows).
Concepts covered will include:
Yoga stretches and poses that prepare the body for singing
Finding your best body alignment for singing (and for life!)
Centering the mind and body for performance
Pranayama breathing techniques to expand breath
Evangelia Leontis, soprano, has extensive experience on the opera, concert and recital stages. She has been featured on the operatic stage in roles including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Frasquita in Carmen, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Dr. Leontis won the Bel Canto Award in the 2015 Orpheus Competition, was a finalist in the 2015 Kentucky Bach Choir Competition, and a winner of the 2010 Greek University Womens Club Music Competition. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Boston University (MM), and UNC Greensboro (DMA). As a voice teacher and lyric diction instructor, she serves on the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and maintains a private studio in the Boston area. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia with YogaWorks and has a blog entitled Inner Voice: the Intersection of Yoga and Singing. More information can be found at evangelialeontis.com.
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25 Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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