Fitness Friday Week 17: Boat Pose Core Work

Follow the instructions on the video and let me know if you have any questions.

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Fitness Friday Week 16: Tennis Ball Release

Follow the directions on the video to enjoy a lovely deep tissue pressure point using 1 or 2 tennis balls.

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 40: AHS Christmas Production from 2003

After living with a bit of a stomach bug for the last week, I’ve decided to take a week off from my Tuneful Tuesday and share with you this blast from the past. 2003 was my senior year at Atascadero High School and I was blessed with the opportunity to write the script for this Christmas show and to star in it as “Jingles The Elf.” This was the year that I learned to love music. This was the year that music became my life.

I was riding high as the Choir President and Assistant to the Director and every moment I spent in the choir room was bliss. Inside those rundown walls, I learned to sing with joy. I found ease and peace through my voice…. something that my years as an undergraduate and graduate voice major beat out of me in the quest for “technique.” It has taken me years to undo the perfectionism, tension, and stress that those 6 years of schooling (and my competitive nature) inflicted on my voice.

Seeing this performance reminds me of the pure joy that is possible when you just enjoy singing for singing’s sake. I wasn’t trying to win any medals. I wasn’t trying to audition for a show. I wasn’t trying to prove myself in any way. I was just loving to sing. Yes, having an understanding of my vocal mechanism and a strong and well-educated technique is all well and good; but sometimes you just need to let that all go and have fun with your voice. I hope that next week I’ll be able to channel that joy into my next Tuneful Tuesday.

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Fitness Friday Week 15: Chair Yoga

Enjoy this short seated sequence pre-performance, post-travel, or anytime you need a quick break from the stresses of life.

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 39: Auld Lang Syne

Tuneful Tuesday Week 39: Auld Lang Syne

In honor of the new year, I decided to play through an easy version of Auld Lang Syne. You’re welcome to sing along if the mood strikes you. 😉

Happy New Year, everyone!

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https://youtu.be/FCG9F9PjMdQ

Fitness Friday Week 14: Postural Realignment

This sequence is perfect for resetting the spine prior to a performance, audition, or rehearsal. Start off lying on your back with your feet pressing against the wall. Placing your hands off to the sides, press into your head and into your pelvis and arch your lower back off the ground. Then press your lower back into the floor. Do several sets of this. Then wrap your arms around your chest giving yourself a big hug. Raise your elbows up towards the ceiling to spread your shoulder blades apart, lowering them gently to the floor. Repeat on the other side. Then take a block or a thick hardback book in between your palms not using your fingers. Straighten your arms up towards the ceiling holding the block between your palms and, keeping your arms straight, rotate your arms overhead while making sure to keep your lower back pressed into the floor. Repeat several times, then rest.

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