Follow the instructions on this video. You’ll need a yoga strap or a belt to assist you into these deeper stretches.
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 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?
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.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That means I’ll be working all through the night and until the wee hours of the morning helping my mom prepare hundreds of arrangements to be delivered to happy couples, mothers, sons, and daughters all over the central coast. Growing up at Bloom’n’Grow florist definitely had its highs and lows. I learned creativity, resourcefulness, and the true meaning of hard work. I also learned that running a business is exhausting, stressful, and will take everything you have. However, at the end of the day, it’s lovely when someone sends you flowers…… well, most of the time. 😉
This shoulder opener is amazing and one of the best parts is you can do it in your car on the way to an audition or while sitting in the green room waiting to go on. It’s also the perfect post-travel stretch.
To begin, interlace your fingers, straighten your arms, and reach them overhead. Then, bending through your elbows, bring your arms to the right side which will form a bit of a rectangle through the arms. Then take your hands behind your head and move over towards the left side. Straighten the arms up towards the ceiling and continue in a circular motion several times. Then reverse directions for the same number of times.
If this variation is too intense, make a softer circle around your head… more like a halo. Keep the elbows bent rather than extending your arms and make small circles around your head.
Enjoy the burn!
Follow the instructions on the video and let me know if you have any questions.
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
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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Happy Christmas Singers!
Put on your favorite holiday gear, stand in solidarity next to your Christmas tree, and get ready to balance!
Standing with your feet parallel to one another, lean your weight into your left leg and raise your right knee up to find your balance. Then play with extending the floating leg. Bend back through the right knee and place your right foot against your left ankle, calf, or thigh (anywhere but the knee.) You can also play with an advanced variation, taking your right ankle against your left hip. Then bring your right knee back up and, leaning your torso forward, kick your right leg back behind you finding balance between the two.
Repeat on the other side and enjoy the fun!
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