Tuesdays 10.00 to 10.45 (starting on the 6th of February)
Why practice singing or laughter?
There is a large and growing body of research on the physical, emotional, social and mental benefits of laughing and singing. Both have been found to increase the body’s speed of healing, and to protect from illness by boosting the immune system. Both reduce adrenaline and cortisol levels, promoting relaxation and better sleep, supporting blood flow and increased oxygen. The research is broad and varied, indicating holistic healing for mind and body and a beneficial impact on overall health. Further, both singing and laughter induce strong bonds between people taking part, literally flooding the body with serotonin and endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers, mood-enhancers, sense of affection and connection, and catalysts to creativity and positive thinking.
What happens in a session?
These sessions will take you through some gentle physical movement coupled with breathing and laughter exercises to bring your body into a state of deep relaxation. As we move through the session we will add vocal exercises and songs. The first parts of the session will all be done with participants on mute, so you can enjoy exploring breath, laughter and developing vocal technique without feeling self-conscious. Sessions will finish with reflection and sharing.
Who is it for?
These sessions are for anybody who is keen to give themselves a mental, emotional or physical boost. Prior singing experience is not necessary, neither is being able to sing in tune. The focus of the sessions is not to turn you into a ‘singer’, (whatever that means!) although regardless of your starting point, you will develop vocal confidence and ability. The fundamental aim is to give you all the joy and health benefits which practicing deep breathing, laughter and singing bring to your mind and body.
About Charlotte Woodford
Charlotte Woodford has many years of experience facilitating groups, coaching and teaching. After studying music and philosophy at Birmingham University she began teaching solfa – a fantastic, easy way into the language of music. This has continued to be a lifelong passion, partly for the musical insights, and partly because it makes music theory and practice so accessible for everybody – breaking down the barriers and elitism which unfortunately still exist in music education.
After a stint as an outreach worker for people with disabilities, she was delighted to have the opportunity in 2010 to begin working with choirs, and to go to India for Laughter Yoga training with Dr Madan Kataria, who dreamt up this wonderful, playful form of exercise. She now lives with her husband and children in mid Wales, delivering 1-2-1 vocal coaching and classes in singing for lung health, baby music, community choirs and laughter yoga, and is studying for a vocal accreditation to further understand breathing and the voice. Having spent many years meditating and engaging in therapy and therapeutic experiences, working on her own challenges around mental health and well-being, she loves facilitating people to feel positive, gain confidence, connect and express themselves.
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