One of the explorations I do in almost every in-person workshop is to have participants stand, one at a time, and say their name. So often it’s difficult to hear people when they speak their name.
How do we stand up and say our name where we’re really engaged with our own expression?
One of my mentors, Erick Hawkins, said to me 50 years ago, “Bonnie, until you learn to speak, you’ll never learn to dance”.
This set me on a path to find my voice – how to let go of the inhibition to speak.
Part of empowering our voice is embodying its embryological beginnings and connection to the perineal body in the center of the pelvic diaphragm.
In this clip, we look at how the perineal body embryologically gives rise to our vocal mechanisms and how we can find and embody that connection today.
We also look at how holding in the pelvis, which often locks the spine, can cause hip and back issues and how we can release that holding.
This clip is from Bonnie’s online course, Embodied Anatomy and the Dynamics of Vocalization.