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.

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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 17: Boat Pose Core Work

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

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 12: Legs Up The Wall Part 2

Here is the continuation of last week’s Legs Up The Wall Sequence. Visit the Facebook page or blog to view last week’s portion. Time permitted, hold each pose for 5 minutes before moving on.

Enjoy!

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Fitness Friday Week 9: Happy Hips

Follow the directions on the video for a happier pelvis and better singing stance. 

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