2: The Breath
Similarly to how it can interfere with body language, tension in the body also affects how we breathe. How we breathe then affects how we feel and think.
When we are engaged, we are calm and therefore, breathe calmly. We then naturally have enough breath to reach the end of our thought vocally.
When tension in the body creates shortness of breath, this routine can become disrupted. The feeling of panic is perpetuated, as you cannot access enough breath to reach the end of your thought vocally – and sometimes intellectually.
We also use our breath to engage our audience. The way somebody breathes potentially exposes all of their strengths, fears and stresses. An audience will start to listen as you take that inward breath before you speak. The quality of that breath signals how you are really feeling and what is coming next (think of the sharp inward breath your mum took before she told you off as a child!).
Have you ever asked yourself why babies can scream for hours and never lose their voices? We use our breath to create volume. Because babies have no tension in their bodies, they can access their full breath capacity. This lack of physical tension means they are breathing into the whole of their lungs, right down into the small of their back, diaphragm, and lower support.
I will teach you how to re-learn this ability and engage your full breath capacity. Once you have, you will always be heard, without ever having to shout, or strain your voice.
We will work to release the breath – this means breathing with no tension.
You will learn how to access your neutral breath – this means using your full breath capacity.
You will feel calmer, be able to think more clearly and create volume and connection in the voice.
You will learn how to use the breath effectively to engage your audience before you even speak!