Singer Florence K talks yoga

Florence K

 

Montreal singer-songwriter Florence K released her new album, I’m Leaving You, last month. In its second week it already made it to the number two spot in Quebec record sales. Florence K attributes some of the inspiration for that album to her yoga practice. She started practising five years ago when she was given a yoga DVD, then soon switched to a local studio. Yoga is now something that’s an integral part of her life, and something she can share with her daughter. I had a chance to ask her some questions about how yoga changed her life. Here’s what she had to say.

How do you feel when you’re doing yoga?

I feel beyond amazing when I do yoga. It’s an essential aspect of keeping my life balanced, especially because I’m a performer. Yoga keeps me grounded and, at the same time, it is the closest feeling to being on a stage. It makes me so happy; there are no words to describe it. I feel self-confident, accepted, focused, and patient.

What kind of yoga do you practise?

I practise Moksha Yoga, which incorporates more than 40 poses done in a heated room. There are different levels. The power flow level is a very active series of vinyasas (or flows) that incorporate sun salutations, warrior series, balancing series, core strengthening sequences, stretching and relaxation poses. The focal point of it all is to keep breathing through those sequences and poses.

The studio I go to also offers classes for kids every Sunday, and I started bringing my daughter there when she was three years old. Today, she is seven and she knows most of the Asanas (poses)! We do a lot of yoga together at home as well.

Do you have a favourite pose?

I love Arda Chandrasana, or half-floating moon. I don’t know why, it’s just a mixture of balancing, of focusing, of strength in both the standing leg and the lifted leg, and of freedom. I also love all the backbends, from bridge to wheel to scorpion. Backbends are awakening poses. They help the blood flowing and help see things in a different perspective.

Backbend

Has practising yoga impacted your health?

Yoga has completely impacted my health in a very positive way. I feel like it’s the best way to get through winter. My immune system is stronger, the heat keeps me warm at least a good hour per day, my breathing has improved—on and off stage. I am more focused, more patient and have less anxieties. I sleep better and my body has become stronger and toned.

How has yoga changed your life? 

I am an artist! Therefore, I am extra-sensitive, which serves me great to write and sing songs, but sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming because I feel things so much. Yoga acts like a balance in my life. It’s something stable, something I can carry even outside the classes, on tour, in my life. I learned how to breathe, and mostly to slow down the fluctuations of my mind and it surely helps me to feel better about myself and about others day after day. Yoga is also about bringing awareness to the present moment. It improved my concentration so much and I work better, in the studio, on stage, at the piano, in meetings, in interviews and in my writing as well.

How did yoga help inspire your latest album? 

Yoga helped me to find a place inside of me for inspiration, it helped me to be more open and more sure of what I was creating, which is something we need a lot to go on stage and open our hearts! Also, I breathe better, therefore I sing better. Hopefully, I will be able to do my Moksha yoga teacher training next year, because in between tours and recordings I’d like to teach to fellow musicians and singers.