5 Essential Yoga Poses for Singers
Professional singer Justin Montigne has found that yoga improves "everything about his instrument." As a voice and yoga instructor, he shows others how to integrate the two practices. Here he demonstrates the five yoga poses that he finds most helpful for singers.
#1: Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, is used as a basic singing posture, where the spine is aligned and the chest is lifted.
#2: Dandasana (Staff Pose/Singer's Seated Pose)
Dandasana, or Staff Pose/Singer's Seated Pose, is the basis for all seated postures for singers.
#3: Utkatasana (Awkward/ Fierce Pose)
Utkatasana, or Awkward/Fierce Pose, builds strength in the legs and back, which help singers hit higher notes without straining.
#4: Uttanasana (Forward Fold)
Uttanasana, or Forward Fold, releases tension in the lower back—especially useful during longer rehearsals.
#5: Seated Twist
The Seated Twist helps to release tension, lengthen the spine, and support full breaths.
Justin consults with choirs about incorporating yoga and movement into rehearsals—either in person or by Skype. See his website SingAsana for details.