Tuneful Tuesday Week 54: La Vie En Rose

I’m in the process of excitedly planning our honeymoon trip to the UK, Ireland, and, of course, France. So, I’m dusting off my favorite French pieces to practice not being a “snooty” tourist. 😉

Edith Piaf is one of the most amazing singer/songwriters and I think I own every single record she has created. La Vie En Rose is such a beautiful, impassioned piece and I adore singing it.

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Fitness Friday Week 29: Ankle Joint Isolation

This short sequence is the perfect post-travel release. Not only does it help to lengthen your back and free your ankle joints, it also helps to drain fluid from your legs and get the blood flowing again.

To begin, lie on your back and lift your legs up in the air. If you feel too much pressure on your core, keep your knees bent. As you inhale, point through your toes. As you exhale, flex your feet. Continue 5-10 times. The next time you point your toes, keep them pointed and circle your toes around (like a conductor) for 5-10 rounds, and then circle them the other direction. Your ankles might click. Don’t panic unless it’s painful. The movement helps to get the synovial fluid moving in your joints which helps with range or motion and joint health.

Your joints will be happy!

Tuneful Tuesday Week 53: Mama Who Bore Me from Spring Awakening

Some days are rough. You have a crisis of faith. Life kicks you down. When those days happen, I have to belt it out and release my emotion in song. This piece just spoke to me and my situation today and I felt so much better having let this go.

Fitness Friday Week 28: Wake Up!

This is my favorite short series to help me wake up my body every morning. To start, interlace your fingers behind your back, straighten your arms, and press your hands towards the floor, lifting your chest and gaze up to enter a soft backbend. Then, begin to hinge at the waist lowering your torso into a fold and bringing your arms up towards the sky. Releasing your hands, take ahold of your opposite elbows and pull your forearms towards the ground to lengthen through the spine. To go deeper into your forward fold, lean your weight towards your toes while lifting your hips up and engaging your thighs. If you’d still like a deeper stretch of your back and hamstrings, take your hands and wrap them around your calves. Good morning body!

Tuneful Tuesday Week 52: Moving On

Tuneful Tuesday Week 52: Moving On

It’s been 1 year since I started this Tuneful Tuesday project. It has been a crazy year with my music studio growing in size, my fiancé taking over a law firm, and planning a wedding. With all of these things going on, I’m not left with a lot of time to sing. I’m lucky if I get to practice for 2 hours a week when I used to practice for 2 hours every day. Even amidst this crazy schedule, I have carved out time each week to sing a little song and share it with you. Honestly, I have learned so much during this process. I have become my own teacher by critiquing my videos, watching for tensions, and correcting things. It has truly been an eye-opening experience. Even though only a handful of people view my videos each week, I am glad that I stuck to this project for a full year and kept myself singing, experimenting, and learning new things.

In high school, I sang this piece as part of the AHS Show Choir. We performed it in concert, in a competition, and at my senior baccalaureate service. This was one of the first songs to reach me on a spiritual level. The lyrics and melody give me goosebumps. We’ve all experienced moments in our lives when things aren’t going our way and we feel lost and disoriented….but we just have to keep moving forward. In those moments, this song pops into my head and helps to soothe me and keep me moving on: out of the darkness and into the light.

I hope this piece touches you as it did me.

Tuneful Tuesday Week 51: What A Wonderful World

Tuneful Tuesday Week 51: What A Wonderful World

This is one of my favorite pieces. Who wouldn’t love the joy and peace of this happy little song?