Our Voice Has Body : A Vision on Singing Associated to Yoga – Mariana Masetto
It is a great pleasure for me to present this method for singing called “Our voice has body.” It is a coming together of music and yoga which I have been devel- oping through mi own experience, while trying to maximize the potential of the art of singing. During my yoga practices I used to feel the desire to break into song. And while taking singing lessons sitting next to my teachers’ pianos, I used to get this urge to move and activate my body.That is how my need to unite both of my passions, singing and yoga, was born. First I started practicing yoga in my rehearsal space next to the piano, playing some chords and vocalizing while doing a pose.Then I recorded some successive chords over which I would attempt different poses according to my daily needs. For instance, whether I had to perform in a concert or a rehearsal, or I was experiencing pain or my menstrual period. These practices brought about such enthusiasm in me, that I quickly started to implement them in the singing and percussion classes I was giving. This is how I created this teaching method where, at the beginning of the class, I ask my students to vocalize while they do different yoga poses. And during the second part of the class we work on the voice specifi- cally, with all its nuances in terms of playing with rhythm as we sing. Through this method I was able to integrate singing with yoga and, at the same time, with rhythm.