Yoga for Actors

Yoga for Actors

So how does Yoga contribute in making you a better actor? One would say that Yoga is a way of life and it has nothing to do with the craft of Acting. Let us first look at Yoga as a subject and its benefits then we will see whether it has any role in an actor’s preparation or not.

Remember,
• How you feel physically determines how you feel mentally
• How you feel mentally determines how you feel physically
• It is a never-ending circle of influence!

Yoga for Actors, Acting, PhysicalsThe body and the mind are in a state of constant interaction. The science of yoga does not dictate where the body ends and the mind begins, but approaches both as a single, integrated entity. The key here is to integrate the mind and the body.

The purpose of yoga is to work both the mind and body. Yoga postures, for example, simultaneously calm and stimulate the brain. These postures activate and stimulate vital organs by supplying fresh blood to the brain, making it alert but relaxed.

Yoga possesses the unique ability to calm the nerves. The nerves function as the medium between the physiological body and the psychological body. Practicing yoga has the holistic impact of relaxing the body and calming the mind.

Physiological Benefits of Yoga
Yoga confers several benefits by influencing all the body systems. The following table lists some of the physiological benefits.

Nervous System

  • Regularizes the Pulse rate
  • Stabilizes the autonomic nervous system equilibrium
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Reaction time improves
  • Energy level increases
  • Sleep improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Respiratory System

  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Breath-holding time increases

Muscular System

  • Muscle flexibility and joint range of motion increases
  • Grip strength increases

Skeletal System

  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increases

The most direct effects of yoga are a relaxed body and mind, natural and tension-free voice and a good posture. This can surely go a long way in creating your persona as an actor.

Yoga can help you in : Mood, Balance, Memory, Attention, Social Skills, Concentration, Self-Acceptance, Self-Actualization, Learning Efficiency.

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