Monday, May 2, 2011

Diaphragmatic breathing

Recently I have been putting into practice my yoga breathing techniques or diaphragmatic breathing to help students strengthen their voice. It also helps with the longer 'chunks ' of speech. A lot of students who speak the South East Asian languages are not used to longer chunks of speech and become short of breath, thus losing the rhythm of speech. This is especially the case in longer, formal lectures or presentations.

The breathing requires work and exercising the diaphragm but is well worth the effort. They learn how to project their voice and thus reduce the 'sore throat', 'losing voice' syndrome of trying to shout or strain their voice.