An accomplished musician in Seattle, Washington, Jeanette Stofleth is a member of a group called The Acoustics. In her free time, Jeanette Stofleth stays active through yoga. It is believed by many that yoga is good for the mind and spirit.
Although yoga is usually not associated with singing, the activity can help art practitioners improve their voice manipulation by strengthening the core muscles and increasing breathing capacity.
Here are some of the top yoga poses that singers might find helpful:
Tadasana. Also known as the mountain pose, Tadasana involves standing with the back and legs in a straight line. This pose strengthens the legs and feet, promotes better singing alignment, and helps prevent vocal straining. This is a relaxing pose in which you can focus on each breath.
Utkatasana. Good for increasing strength in the legs, the Utkatasana, or chair, pose boosts strength in the abdominal muscles and external intercostal muscles, which pull up the rib cage. This pose can prove helpful for singers who wish to reach higher notes.
Practicing yoga has many benefits including breath control. Jeanette's word of advice: Just make sure to drink a lot of water before you go to hot yoga!