Tuneful Tuesday Week 36: Pinecones and Holly Berries/ It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas

It’s been a pleasure to work with Danielle Dutro McNamara and Lacey McNamara for my 11th annual Holiday Concert. We can’t wait to perform for you this Saturday at 5PM! Join us for an hour of music, carols, joy, and peace.

Songs of Joy and Peace

Saturday, December 16th

5 PM

5318 Palma Ave

Atascadero, Ca 93422

$15 suggested donation

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 35: “Love Is Christmas”

I adore singing this piece. It reminds me of so many imperfect Christmas Eves spent in our little basement apartment which was bursting at the seams with family and friends and ringing with laughter and joy.

Here this piece and more at my 11th annual holiday concert: Songs of Joy and Peace.

Saturday, December 16th 5PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave

Atascadero, Ca

$15 suggested donation

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 34: River

This past year has been a rough one for many. Between political turmoil, natural disasters, and horrible tragedies, there has been a lot of fear and sadness in the world. We all need a little quiet and healing during this holiday season–we need to sing some songs of joy and peace. To that end, my 11th annual holiday concert is coming up on Saturday, December 16th at 5pm. Join me at St. Luke’s Church 5318 Palma Ave in Atascadero, CA and get away from it all. 

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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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Tuneful Tuesday Week 33: Bon Appetit

In honor of the “week of the foodie” I give you my favorite performance of all time….. Julia Child attempting to bake a cake in front of a live studio audience. ❤️

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Fitness Friday Week 8: Bridge Pose Sequence

Bridge Pose is my go-to for helping my students strengthen their cores, create awareness of the inner thighs through adduction, and to recognize how the abdominal wall can be both strong and supple simultaneously.

You will need a yoga block or a few hardback books for this sequence. 

Start off on your back with your feet planted on the ground as close to your pelvis as possible. Keep your hands alongside your hips with your palms facing down. It is important that you keep your nose pointing towards the ceiling during this entire sequence. On your inhale, press into your hands and feet and lift your hips off the ground, focusing on engaging your abdominal muscles and inner thighs for support. On your exhale, allow the pelvis to slowly return to the floor moving one vertebra at a time, ending with the tailbone. Do several rounds of this to warm up the spine. Then end with the hips up and place a block or a stack of hardcover books underneath your hips right at the crest of your buttocks (the top of the tailbone.) Pick a height that is closest to your active bridge pose. I give examples of all three block height options in the video. To add more variety to the sequence, you can take “butterfly” legs by bringing the soles of the feet together and knees apart. You can also walk the feet away from the block and extend the legs to fully lengthen the abdominal wall and the psoas (front of the hip bone). To come off the block, walk your feet back so your knees are bent, lift your hips off the block, remove it, and keep the hips lifted for several breaths—allowing the muscles surrounding the spine to regain control. Then, with an exhale, slowly release down and rest for a few breaths with the legs extended. 

Try singing both before and after this sequence and witness how your breath and posture have been altered. Enjoy!

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