Voice, Breath, Songs

EPISODE #17 Optimal Breathing for Athletes & Musicians

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Bio of the artist:

Born in Germany, Barbara Tanze is one of seven certified level two MDH breathing Coordination practitioners. After her singing studies and going on a European tour with her voice she did a 5 day discovery workshop on breathing coordination. In the interview she talks about how this method changed her life.

We want an understanding of what things are made of and how they work before we actually get down to doing it. Whether you are a singer, musician, athlete or an orator, one thing common to all of us is that we need to breathe. Breathing coordination helps us understand the precise and functional anatomy behind the mechanism of breathing and how to use this as effectively as possible to produce maximum output.

Barbara’s journey is filled with success stories including her own. The understanding of what happens when we breathe and how different structures in our body collaborate in such a way that the pressure is taken away from the physical realm. As artists for instance we can freely focus on the impact of our music on ourselves and the audience. For athletes who are so aware of their body and their breathing Barbara talks about it how this method can enable them to perform efficiently.The key aspect in all this is just to listen to your body and question why your body reacts the way that it does or does not react a certain way.


In this episode:

  1. How breathing coordination can impact your overall well-being.
  2. Methods to use breathing coordination as a tool for minimal effort for maximum output.
  3. Importance of breathing coordination for athletes and singers.
  4. Practical tips for effective breathing

Key takeaways:

  1. Listen to your body.
  2. Concentrate on your exhale, this makes place for air in your lungs.
  3. Find a position for your body where your spine is as long as possible and your ribs are free to hang from your spine.
  4. Try how comfortably you can exhale by observing your ribs, how much air you can take in, how long it takes to exhale and how much air flows in naturally as a reflex during inhale.
  5. Be curious and question everything that your body feels and communicate it.