Perhaps we are all performers... but those who sing, act, dance, or play an instrument use their bodies to communicate and share their souls with others in ways that need special development and nurturing. The ancient union of body, mind, and spirit that is yoga provides a life-system for performers as it helps build flexibility, focus, stamina, strength, coordination, balance, and a healthy sense of self, as well as self relative to ensemble. The key to all of these attributes is breath, and building the awareness and control of breath and other energies flowing through the body (pranayama) is the foundation for all yoga practice.
Developed by Robert Swedberg, stage director, educator, and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, the Yoga for Performers practice is not intended to be a new yoga method or to take the place of other traditional yoga practices, but is meant to be a focused enhancement, - and for some, a portal into the world of yoga. This is a collection of yoga poses and processes specifically geared to the needs of performers, some of whom might not otherwise be aware that yoga is a healthy and viable option for their development.
Too many performers just don't try yoga because they think they are too big or too inflexible, and they may even have those thoughts fortified by initial experiences with yoga that sometimes reinforce those ideas. Yoga for Performers is intended to make it possible for anyone who can breathe to have a fulfilling experience with yoga.