Follow the directions on the video for a breathing practice that helps you to become grounded, focused, and balanced.
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.
Connecting your breath with core awareness is of upmost importance for us singers. This simple sequence which is accessible to most fitness levels helps to better integrate that connection.
Start on your hands and knees and tuck your toes under. As you inhale, lift your tailbone, sink the belly down, and lift your chest and gaze up. As you exhale, tuck your tailbone under, arching through your back and, pressing into your toes, float your knees off the ground while engaging your core and pulling your navel back towards your spine. As you inhale, gently release your knees back to the floor and repeat the process again on the next exhale. Complete several rounds until your core feels awake and engaged. Then finish with a downward facing dog and/or child’s pose.
Here’s a review of an Indian herb and spice jam which is helping me to recover from a sinus infection and laryngitis at a rapid pace.
Follow the directions on the video and let me know if you have any questions.
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.
Follow the instructions in the video for this nice and gentle backbend.