I used to always loose my voice. It is a bit ironic because my mother is a high level musician, pianist, and choir conductor. I have always connected to movement and dance, but not so much to voice. My voice is deeper than most, and when I use it too much, probably incorrectly, it goes away. It used to be often, but since I started teaching Yoga over 20 years ago, it is rare that I lose it. I think it helped me literally find my voice is many ways.
This has been a very intense month from losing my husband’s mother, daylight savings time, change of weather, fashion show, and fires! My body just said stop, and my voice faltered, luckily not completely. In my large classes I had to whisper into a microphone, and was able to mimic and express basics to my private groups. I have a Yoga audio and video of my exact class, and once when I had no voice, I played it so the students could follow, while I watched their form.
It has been challenging to teach my classes, because as I instruct it is like spoken word. Many phrases people know, remember, and love. When my voice is not 100%, I cannot say them in the same way, it comes out flat. So I am excited that it is slowly but surely coming back. I can use it to its full extent with my husband and children in one way, and with Yoga and Doula work another way.
Those of you that know me, know exactly what I mean.
Parenthood is such a gift, but teaching is my sanity.