This is one of my favorite short sequences to help open up the heart and shoulders and add flexibility to the spine. I always drop onto the floor and do a few sets of this after traveling.
Start of in table top on your hands and knees. Do a few cat/cows, inhaling as you lift your tailbone and your chest and exhaling as you round your back, lifting up between your shoulder blades.
Then, keeping your hips directly over your knees, begin to sink your chest down towards the floor walking your hands away but keeping your arms straight. You might hover there, hanging your chest like a suspension bridge. If flexibility permits, you can rest your forehead or chest to the floor. Hold this for several breaths. Then, press into your hands engaging your core to rise back up. Finish with a child’s pose taking your big toes together and your knees apart. Bring your hips back towards your heels and rest your head to the floor.
Follow the directions on the video for this great postural alignment pose.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 61: WunderKeys Preschool Piano Songs
This Sunday is my annual Bloom Studio Recital where I get to sing along with my little preschool students as they show off their finger strength and dexterity….. and awesome dance moves. Here’s a preview of the silly songs we are going to perform together. ❤️
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.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 60: True Colors
I wore my fun rainbow skirt to the studio today and one of my students said “you remind me of that song ‘True Colors.’ You know…..’you’re beautiful like a rainbow.’”
So, I promised that student I’d sightread “True Colors” for my next Tuneful Tuesday. 🌈
Fitness Friday Week 35: Virasana-Hero Pose
Follow the directions on the video for this great hip, quad, and knee opener/strengthener.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 59: Taylor, The Latte Boy
This is one of those pieces that reminds you that classical singers (and composers) can still have a sense of humor.
My fiancé Brighton better watch out because I think I’m falling for Taylor, the latte boy. 😉