Fitness Friday Week 26: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Follow the directions on the video for a breathing practice that helps you to become grounded, focused, and balanced.


Tuneful Tuesday Week 50: Moon River

I recently watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the hundredth time. When Audrey Hepburn sits in her windowsill and plays the ukulele while singing this song with passion and grace, it gets me every time.

Fitness Friday Week 23: Car Yoga

Recently I headed on my 8 hour round trip drive to/from Los Angeles for my voice lesson and coaching. Leaving the house before dawn, I battle traffic, detours, and weather, arriving just minutes before my first lesson. If I don’t take just a few moments to get centered and release my tense muscles before my lesson, my voice will just not cooperate. My quick pre-lesson car yoga session is a must. Try it the next time you have a long drive before an audition, rehearsal, or lesson.

Fitness Friday Week 24: Core/Breath Connection

Connecting your breath with core awareness is of upmost importance for us singers. This simple sequence which is accessible to most fitness levels helps to better integrate that connection.

Start on your hands and knees and tuck your toes under. As you inhale, lift your tailbone, sink the belly down, and lift your chest and gaze up. As you exhale, tuck your tailbone under, arching through your back and, pressing into your toes, float your knees off the ground while engaging your core and pulling your navel back towards your spine. As you inhale, gently release your knees back to the floor and repeat the process again on the next exhale. Complete several rounds until your core feels awake and engaged. Then finish with a downward facing dog and/or child’s pose.

Tuneful Tuesday Week 48: Bicycle Built For Two

I assigned this cute little song to all my littlest students in February in honor of Valentine’s Day, so I had ample practice time on the piano accompaniment. So, I decided I might as well perform this piece myself for some extra fun!