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The Incredible Lightness of Humming
Date: 21 Sep 2020
Ereni writes: I invite you to imagine that you’re eating a bite of your favourite food… It tastes so good that you can’t help but let out an Mmmmm of appreciation…
Many of us are lead to believe that we ”can’t sing“ and this belief may prevent us from trying out therapeutic voice work. If this is the case with you, I invite you to participate in this interactive talk with the knowledge that you already have all you need.
In this session, after a brief introduction on the benefits of holistic voice work, we will start with some simple breath work followed by the gentle practice of humming 🙂 After having the opportunity to experience how humming can calm and relax us we will then transition to gently explore specific sounds linked to three chakras (or energy centres) in our bodies.
This simple vocal toning technique can help facilitate full body listening and self reflection. It can be a helpful practice to facilitate self awareness and therefore inner harmony. It can calm or energise us depending on what we need in the moment. I have found this practice so helpful during challenging times and I would love to share it with you so that you can add it to your self-care tool kit!
Whether you have a lot of vocal experience or no experience whatsoever I invite you to join us in exploring this work, participating as much or as little as you choose to and making your own discoveries. As with all Wigwam Forum talks, there will be time for questions at the end of this session.
NB: It is recommended not to participate in the vocal exercises that we will be doing, if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy.
After care: Please drink plenty of water and avoid stimulants (caffeine and alcohol) for 24 hours following the therapeutic vocal work.
More about Ereni
Ereni Mendrinos is an educator and group facilitator with over 20 years experience in working with adults and young people running study skills seminars and public speaking workshops. She retrained in group Sound and Voice therapy in 2016 with The British Academy of Sound Therapy, in a bid to help her combat ongoing stress and anxiety, address the possible source of some long standing health issues and to support her work/life balance. She qualified with distinctions in both Sound and Voice Therapy in January of 2017.
Over the years Ereni has also had the opportunity to study with such voice-work luminaries as Keith Yon, Angela Caine, Jill Purce, Nikki Slade and Chloe Goodchild amongst others. She has developed her own approach, also drawing on her background in theatre and performing arts, comedy and improvisation and as a singer-songwriter.
Ereni Mendrinos
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