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. 😉
Out of all the composers in the world, George Gershwin is my all-time favorite. His ability to straddle both the classical and jazz genres, his flawless melodic lines and catchy tunes, and his perfectly timed phrasing make his music a pleasure to sing.
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.
This gorgeous Barber piece seems perfect for the post-holiday winter blues we all seem to be going through.
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Follow the directions on the video to enjoy a lovely deep tissue pressure point using 1 or 2 tennis balls.
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