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Cultural Exploration

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Singing Competitions: Junk food for Connection Cravers

Recently I was asked by a highly talented, international yoga teacher to create a cultural workshop for singing. She is a global citizen, where she was born, grew up, and finally now lives are three very different places. She is raising her child multilingual (including sign language) because she and her husband speak different languages. Her heart has roots in several places on this globe. When asked what her dream course would look like, she said that she missed the type of connection that singing with other people had brought her in her country of birth and wanted to have the opportunity to sing because...

The Challenge of Connecting

The Challenge of Connecting   As a teacher and performer, it is my job to create a connection with the people around me. Theoretically it isn’t that hard because we all have things in common. Practically on the other hand, it can be tricky to see what it is that we share in any given moment. It takes practice. Sometimes it is super easy to make that connection; a shared joke over a mutually loved TV show or song, a smile that lets everyone know that it’s time for fun. Other times it’s hard; feelings surface which block the moment (insecurities, entitlement or dominance) and make people...

cultural negotiation skills

Do you have a cultural problem?

Culture gives us orientation on how to eat, build our homes, communicate etc. Culture happens when individuals come together and agree upon a common behavior. It is like a collective thumbprint. At its best it creates some guidelines to get us through this crazy thing called life. It keeps each human being from having to reinvent the wheel, figuratively and literally...