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Holding Space

The Creative Performance and Voice Workbook for Yoga Teachers

Sarah Scharf Judith Hanson Lasater, PT, Ph.D.



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Singing Dragon
15 October 2020
This expert guide provides yoga teachers with the skills they need to understand how to care for and improve their voices technically, as well as how to express themselves authenticity and effectively as a teacher.

Being able to give instruction clearly and with emotional intelligence is part of the personal development that each yoga teacher goes through. This book offers instruction, support and ideas on how to embark on the journey of yoga teaching with greater confidence and mindfulness. After the basics in vocal projection, inflection and intonation are covered, the book details the psychological significance of believing in your own value and finding what makes each teacher unique and accessible to their students. It includes advice on safe boundaries in the student/teacher relationship, self-care, and tips on how to deal with common teaching mishaps with grace and humour.

Improvisation techniques and personal stories from other teachers help to expand the reader's skills further to create an affirming, practical guidebook for all yoga teachers.
By:   Sarah Scharf
Foreword by:   Judith Hanson Lasater PT Ph.D.
Imprint:   Singing Dragon
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 278mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781848194052
ISBN 10:   1848194056
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   15 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Anatomy of the Voice. 2. Voice Work. 3. Speaking Your Truth. 4. Improvisation and Body Language. 5. Staging. 6. How we Learn. 7. How We Teach. 8. Putting it all Together. 9. Expanding as a Teacher.

Sarah Scharf, MFA is a yoga teacher, author and theatre artist. She holds an MFA in Physical Theatre and has completed multiple trainings in Yoga of various styles. In London she taught at Triyoga the largest studio in Europe and worked as a mentor for the Yogacampus Teacher Training. She runs popular workshops and trainings on voice work and performance skills for yoga teachers, and works as a movement director and teaching artist for theatre. She is an American currently living in Vienna. Her website is

Reviews for Holding Space: The Creative Performance and Voice Workbook for Yoga Teachers

Effective use of voice and choice of language are two of the most important skills for any yoga teacher, yet they are often given insufficient prominence in teacher training. There is both art and science in using voice and language, and, in this unique book, Sarah Scharf addresses both in a highly practical way directed specifically to yoga teachers. As well as hugely important for existing yoga teachers, it deserves to be required reading on all yoga teacher training courses. -- Elizabeth Stanley, Director, Yogacampus and The Life Centre Adeptly straddling the worlds of theater, voice, and yoga, Sarah Scharf seamlessly interweaves these arts in a much-needed book that addresses the concern of presence in teaching. Though directed to yoga instructors, this valuable guide may also serve movement/dance practitioners looking to amplify learning outcomes through effective vocal functioning. -- Michael Morgan - Director for Social Justice, Fitzmaurice Institute Holding Space fills an oft-neglected gap in yoga teacher trainings by expertly showing us how to play that most powerful of instruments - our voice. Carefully distilled from over two decades of dedicated voice-work and yoga experience, Sarah's accessible, nuanced, and wise writing makes this book a captivating and informative guide for yogis everywhere. -- David Kim, Senior YogaWorks Teacher Trainer & YogaWise Yin Trainer

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