Fitness Friday Week 30: Hips and Hamstrings

Follow the instructions on this video. You’ll need a yoga strap or a belt to assist you into these deeper stretches.

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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!

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 21: Cat/Cow Pose

This excellent back, neck, and shoulder opener is in my daily regiment. One of my favorite sayings is “you’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” So, let’s keep that internal fountain of youth going. We performers need all the help we can get.

To begin, start on your hands and knees. Spread wide through your fingers and make sure your pointer finger is pointing straight forward. As you inhale, lift your tailbone, relax your belly, lift your chest and chin. As you exhale, tuck your tailbone under, lifting through your back and in between the shoulder blades, letting your chin tuck in towards your chest. Complete several more rounds of this creating a wave-like motion through the spine. End with your back lifting up towards the ceiling and get a little extra activity but coming up high onto your fingertips.

You’ll be a little taller, more open, and your body will allow for deeper, easier breaths.