Yoga is an essential practice for actors and a central pillar of the Holistic Actor Method. It is included as a daily practice in the Six Day Introductory Workshop and the Summer Intensive. And it is offered as a four day retreat for an immersion experience.
Private yoga instruction can also be included in coaching sessions and retreats.
The yoga you experience through the Holistic Actor programs is exceptional. Instruction is based on Melitta's decades of training and experience in yoga, theatre and somatic therapies, integrated with her in-depth knowledge of embodied anatomy, movement principles and body|mind practices. Her approach is designed specifically for the professional actor to address your needs as a dramatic artist, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The benefits of a regular yoga practice for actors address multiple areas of well-being.
A strong yoga practice also supports the healthy transition between performance and daily life that is often a source of imbalance for many actors.
Benefits For Dramatic Performance
Comprehensive Warm-Up: Integrates Body, Mind and Spirit
Conditions the Voice
Supports Creative Focus
Improves Mental Clarity
Balances the Emotions
Reduces Anxiety & Depression
Supports Healthy Fascia
Increases Muscular Strength & Coordination
Improves Joint Health & Stability
Increases Bone Health
Regulates the Nervous Systems
Improves Circulation & Cardiac Health
Improves Respiration, Energy & Vitality
Improves Lymphatic Drainage & Immunity
Stimulates Detoxification & Organ Health
Improves Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Balance
Balances Blood Pressure, Metabolism,
Hormones, Adrenals and Homeostasis
A four-day yoga retreat for actors is currently offered three to four times a year. If this retreat proves successful, longer retreats may be offered in the near future. You may also schedule the retreat upon request with a minimum of 120 days lead time. If you would like a solo yoga retreat to receive one-on-one instruction with Melitta, please be aware that the retreat fee will reflect that personalized service.
Location 1: Sadhana Yoga Retreat Centre on Lake Balaton. This retreat location best serves professional actors living and working in the EU or UK who can easily travel to Hungary.
Retreat activities include:
Morning Pranayama & Gentle Movement
Yoga Principles for Performance
Retreat fee: €200 (includes accommodation & meals)
Two styles of yoga are taught through the Holistic Actor Method workshops and retreats: Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Krama. Each style provides a unique experience of breath and movement with specific qualities and benefits. Yin Yoga is more nurturing while Vinyasa Krama is more dynamic.
The two styles complement one another beautifully and are accessible to students of all levels. Each student can approach the sequences at their own level and go deeper with the experience as they develop their practice.
The Vinyasa Krama style is an original series created by Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga. It is a precursor to the later Ashtanga series developed by Krishnamacharya’s disciple Patabi Jois.
Vinyasa Krama is a dynamic and balancing (sattvic) practice with standing, seated and prone poses that concludes with nadi shodhana (pranayama) and rhythmic sound to clear the chakras.
It employs a deliberate pace where all asana movement is performed on the breath in a very even rhythm. This requires great discipline and results in a compelling meditative environment for the individual and group that opens up what is known as the zero point field or creation point. It is an outstanding pre-rehearsal warm-up for actors that prepares the body, voice and mind for performance.
Yin Yoga has a gentle and organic rhythm that encourages tranquility, rejuvenation and heart opening. It is fast becoming the yoga style considered most beneficial to the health of the fascia, the connective tissue that encloses, stabilizes and separates muscle, joints and organs throughout the body.
Long seated and prone poses supported by the breath slowly open the connective tissues (fascia) throughout the body, reduce stress, balance the nervous system and increase circulation and flexibility.
Sequencing varies with each class or private session to address specific areas of the body and create a corresponding energy flow.