About Fit for the Stage

How it began

Many singers face the same struggles with nerves, body tension, and lack of focus. Unfortunately, they don’t often have the opportunity to collaborate and connect with other vocalists to fully explore and learn how to solve these issues.  

Leigh Graham decided that it didn’t have to be up to each singer out there to ‘reinvent the wheel.’ Fit for the Stage was born: a live workshop series (with an online program on its way) delivering a comprehensive mind-body training system to singers. Leigh’s goal is to maximize the effectiveness of each vocalist’s mind and body to achieve their greatest impact and freedom on stage.

Leigh Graham, Founder

Since 2003, Leigh’s full-time fitness coaching, mindset and meditation studies and certifications, combined with her  performing, have led her to draw some valuable conclusions on how to build a consistent singing practice.  

Leigh has practiced yoga, rock climbing, martial arts, meditation, pilates, triathlon, and strength training, among other forms of mind and body fitness. Through these challenges, Leigh became acutely aware of how certain methods of exercise can help, and how some can hinder one’s singing approach and ability.

Leigh’s Experience

Music

  • 3-year Artist’s Diploma in Vocal Performance
  • Performing jazz and classical/opera music professionally for events, festivals, outdoor stages, and clubs (from duo to big band) since 2003, including TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Summer Serenades, Taste of the Danforth, and Mel Lastman Square.
  • Performed as lead singer in various bands (Rock, R&B, Folk, Jazz, Blues) since 1992, age 17.

Mindset

As a Fitness for Mental Health Specialist, Meditation coach, and Certified NLP Practitioner, Leigh’s Mindset Coaching expertise will guide you to a new way to joy, freedom and impact when you sing.

Fitness

Put 4-year Kinesiology Degree to use with 15 years as a full-time fitness trainer for individuals and groups in functional fitness, rehab and mind-body training.

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Fit for the Stage4 days ago
Grateful for amazing clients doing the unreasonable to stay fit and healthy with me right now... meeting me online for private fitness sessions and continuing to prioritize mental and physical wellness ❤️🙏🏻💥
In the interest of giving back to an even wider community (some of whom are not in a position to do one-on-ones right now), I have also begun teaching live online group fitness/movement classes to small groups of artists. If you want to know about them, or want in on that action, drop me a line. 🙂
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Fit for the Stage2 weeks ago
How are you...

I find it comforting to remember that there are things we can control amidst all of the uncertainty in the world right now.
We can care for ourselves and others, paying close attention to our mental and physical health.
It is important to be informed, but obsessing over each of the news stories pertaining to the pandemic is anxiety-provoking for most of us. Anxiety is known to lower your defences against disease prevention. Anxiety or stress can also affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep, which lowers your immune system further.

Some ideas to keep you feeling well and staying healthy:
drink plenty of water
Snack on vitamin C tablets
Make nutritious smoothies
Go for long walks
Stretch
Dance
Sing
Listen to uplifting music and podcasts
Read inspiring stories. If you have young kids at home, read them to them!
Offer some contact-less help to a neighbour
Keep your social connection alive through phone, video, or whatever means required
When you cook, choose foods like soups, stews or chilis, so you can prepare extra for freezing in small portions
Limit alcohol
Limit sugar
If you are feeling signs of cold or flu, limit dairy too
Employ a bedtime routine; turn off screens an hour before bed, do some deep breathing or meditation or journaling or positive visualization before turning out the light, and if possible go to bed and wake at the same time each day.
Prioritize family time with those in your household, and take this time to do a new project together -try a new recipe, play a new game, make a craft
Start a little spring cleaning; get the kids involved in the project.
Listen to what comes up for you in this different way of being.

Reach out with your own
Let’s ride this out in the healthiest way possible. If we keep ourselves well in mind and body, those around us will continue to thrive as well through our example.

Best of luck with a new way of being for now. Fingers crossed we start some new healthy habits we can keep up with after this passes.
Fit for the Stage
Fit for the Stage3 weeks ago
Some more reflective practices I want to employ while we are home for a while. Netflix is fun too, but why not round it out a bit?
What about you? Create a vision board, try a meditation app, learn to cook a new meal, read that book, sing, move, go hang out in the trees?☀️
Fit for the Stage
Fit for the Stage4 weeks ago
Omg. Even our dog sings.... 😂
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Fit for the Stage
Fit for the Stage4 weeks ago
Woop! I love finding my tribe. We are more impactful together, combining our strengths. Plus it's more fun! I met this accomplished singer, renowned voice coach with a bustling studio, and songwriter with multiple awards to her name, and knew I wanted to work together. Thrilled that we will soon collaborate and lead a day for young singers committed to next level growth in performance. The Bird Loft School Of Voice is doing a voice intensive, followed by mindset coaching and grounding by yours truly.
If you or someone you love wants in to one or both parts, contact one of us for more details. Limited spots!
Fit for the Stage
Fit for the Stage1 month ago
Good morning!
Curious... what are your thoughts on meditation?
For many, it is that elusive thing you are 'supposed to do' that is somehow easy for other people but not you??
Do you wonder how you could ever find the time? Or think you'll never be good at it?
First, I nudge you to see it as a gift to yourself, not a 'should'. And also as something you can't mess up. It's true. Every minute you spend in conscious awareness, just noticing what is, and accepting it (including thoughts that may arise!), you are nourishing yourself. It's a reset button that requires no equipment or money. Amazingly, you will find yourself clearer and more productive after, so it will feel like you have MORE time.
The biggest gift meditation has given me has been the ability to notice that I can control my reactions. That frustration and anger don't come out of nowhere. That there are many moments leading up to it in which I have a choice to react differently.
It has changed my relationships in a big way, and I am a better mom, sister, partner, daughter, teacher and friend.
So if you're busy taking care of others and you're worried it's selfish or self-indulgent, just know your loved ones benefit as much as you do.
All it takes a commitment to growth and to understanding yourself better. And then you're off!
If you would like some more ideas on how to get started, comment below, and I'll send you one of my original guided meditations. <3
Baby steps!

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