Fitness Friday Week 37: Dandasana/Staff Pose

Follow the directions on the video for this great postural alignment pose.

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 61: Preschool Piano Songs

Tuneful Tuesday Week 61: WunderKeys Preschool Piano Songs

This Sunday is my annual Bloom Studio Recital where I get to sing along with my little preschool students as they show off their finger strength and dexterity….. and awesome dance moves. Here’s a preview of the silly songs we are going to perform together. ❤️

https://youtu.be/TNX7117VVHA

Fitness Friday Week 36: Utkatasana/Chair Pose

Chair Pose is a great position to sing in so as to build vocal strength. I use this with my students all the time when they are disconnected from their lower body while singing. To begin, start with your feet hip distance apart and bend your knees keeping strength through your inner thighs. Keep your weight in your heels rather than in your toes. See how low you can go while still keeping a straight spine and a strong lift of your rib cage.

Tuneful Tuesday Week 60: True Colors

Tuneful Tuesday Week 60: True Colors

I wore my fun rainbow skirt to the studio today and one of my students said “you remind me of that song ‘True Colors.’ You know…..’you’re beautiful like a rainbow.’”

So, I promised that student I’d sightread “True Colors” for my next Tuneful Tuesday. 🌈

https://youtu.be/V4tvXVLQS7A

Tuneful Tuesday Week 59: Taylor, The Latte Boy

Tuneful Tuesday Week 59: Taylor, The Latte Boy

This is one of those pieces that reminds you that classical singers (and composers) can still have a sense of humor.

My fiancé Brighton better watch out because I think I’m falling for Taylor, the latte boy. 😉

https://youtu.be/dYlMY7UJwaI

Fitness Friday Week 34: Beginning a Handstand Practice

Recently, one of the followers on my yoga for singers page asked me how to begin a handstand practice. In this video, I go through a few steps to get you into a handstand practice. Please take your time and move through the steps slowly without pushing yourself. It sometimes takes months or even years to build up the strength and balance to get into a full handstand. However, you can build a lot of strength simply by doing this prep work.

To begin: start in downward facing dog. Ground through your hands pressing into your finger pads, spreading your fingers, and suctioning through the center of your palms. Then raise one leg in the air while bending the other and start to kick up with the bent leg. Play around with kicking up both legs. Do several sets of these leg kicks and then rest. You might simply practice this for a few months.

Eventually, start kicking up near a wall and try to kick your straight leg up to that wall, bringing your other leg up as well. You can play with strengthening your arms in this wall-supported handstand.

If you want to branch out to playing in an unsupported handstand, bring one leg off the wall reaching straight up through the ball of your foot and stacking the ankle directly over the hip. Then, bend through the other leg placing the toes of the bent leg against the wall and play with floating those toes away from the wall for a few seconds before returning them.

Soon, you’ll be lifting both feet away from the wall.

Happy handstanding!