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xo,

Room Temp Water Is Better Than Ice Water

I don’t always have a completely resolute opinion about the best remedy for your voice, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. But when it comes to the question of what temperature your water should be, I do have a strong opinion: Don’t drink ice water!

If you didn’t know why, check out today’s vocal health video where I share why ice water is truly not ideal for your voice (or really any of the internal tissues of your body), and why I strongly recommend drinking room temperature water for your health and your voice.

Watch the Room Temp Water Is Better Than Ice Water video here:

And now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can be obnoxious like me at restaurants and ask for water with no ice. (I mean, who wants ice water when the weather is getting cold anyway, amirite?!? ⛄️)

Stay warm out there!

xo,

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What To Put In Your Hot Water

Cold season is officially upon us here in the Northern hemisphere, and I want you to stay healthy! One of the best ways to do that is to drink lots of warm liquids, but people say so many different things about what kind of hot beverage to drink to soothe your voice… Use honey! Use lemon! Use ashwaganda! (That last one is an awesome ayurvedic remedy, fyi 😜). But look, the best thing for your voice is not actually that complicated: it’s plain ole’ hot water.

In today’s vocal heath video, hear my list of recs about what you can add to the magic that is hot water in order to get you through fall and winter with flying colors 🌈.

Watch the What To Put In Your Hot Water video here:

I hope and totally believe this will help you stay healthy this fall! Let me know if you have questions.

xo,

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Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat

Are you guilty of clearing your throat? Even if it’s not a frequent habit and you only do it when you’re sick, it’s just not the best. Why? Well clearing your throat is actually pretty darn violent for your vocal cords – you’re essentially smashing them together trying to get the gunk off – when the truth is that the gunk is going to just settle back down anyway.

What’s a better thing to do? Gargle with warm salt water! It not only relieves the irritation in your throat, but it can literally dissolve the mucus. In today’s vocal health video, learn the specifics for the best way to gargle with salt and warm water to clear your throat! (I got a cold two weeks ago and I’ve been doing this non-stop since then!)

Watch the Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat video here:

Since it’s fall and it feels like nearly half of the people around me have gotten sick recently, I hope this is timely for you… though actually if I’m hoping, I hope even more that you’re getting your rest and eating well and staying healthy!

xo,

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Animal Movements (Body)

Guess what happened…

On Monday I was having a session with a private client, and I said “I know what would be great for your warm up. Try the animals exercise!!” So I hopped over to the How To Warm Up youtube playlist to grab the link, and it wasn’t there. Hmm.

After the session I started digging, and I realized O.M.G… Suzie and I got our wires crossed on dates and we never released the video!! I pinky swear we had no intention of doing this, but it’s certainly a hilarious accident: we’ve got a How To Warm Up encore for you!! 🎉 And it happens to be potentially the most ridiculous warm up of all, so it just couldn’t be more perfect.

Here’s the deal with this one: I imagine you’ve noticed that animals move in tons of different ways and aren’t shy about stretching their bodies however they want to. So then if we want to get a really good stretch as part of our vocal and physical warm up, it makes sense that we could just act like an animal! In this extra super special bonus How To Warm Up video, we’ll be channeling the mighty lion, the tiny mouse, the moo-ing cow, and the meow-ing cat to warm up our body.

Watch the Animal Movements video here:

Now the *best* thing of all would be to see you doing this. If you’re willing to make an Instagram or Facebook story, please tag me in it (@voicebodyelissa/Voice Body Connection) and I’ll share!

xo,

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Tongue Twisters (Language)

Wow wow wow. This is the last How To Warm Up video of the series. We have to wind it down because I’ve taught you everything I know! (Joking/not joking 😜)

But truly, the How To Warm Up series is now quite complete in terms of giving you a ton of great options for How To Warm Up. And what’s a fabulous way to end? With a batch of my favorite tongue twisters! Check out today’s tongue twister finale video, and be sure to download the handout too to follow along. 

Check out the final How To Warm Up video, the Tongue Twisters exercise, here:

Here’s a link to the handout I reference

And the tongue twisters are written out here too:

Topeka topeka topeka/ Bodega bodega bodega/ Topeka bodega topeka bodega topeka bodega bodega/ Bodega bodega bodega/ Topeka topeka topeka/ Bodega topeka bodega topeka bodega topeka topeka

The big black bug bit the big brown bear and the big brown bear bled blood

Girl gargoyles, guy gargoyles

She sells seashells down by the seashore

Wisdom makes wizards wise

Unique New York (or:) You know you need unique New York

The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue

Thank you so much for being with me on this journey and more soon. (First up on the agenda: a few more videos about vocal health!)

xo,

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Alternate Nostril Breathing (Breath)

Have you ever heard the word “pranayama” from yoga? It’s made up of two parts: prana, which means life force or breath, and yama, which means control. So a pranayama technique is essentially a way of managing the breath.

Today’s exercise is a bit of a departure from other exercises in the How To Warm Up video series because it doesn’t directly pertain to your voice. But I share it because I find that it’s my absolute go-to way to calm down when I’m feeling anxious or uncentered. No joke – I have used this technique to relax while feeling panicked on the NYC subway, and one time I even did it for 45 minutes straight while I was feeling nauseous on a ferry ride!! 🚉⛴ As you can tell, I swear by it. And having now shared this ancient yogic breathing practice with lots and lots of people who agree how amazing it is, I figured it was important to share!

So, in this breathing video, you’ll learn a simple sequence to breathe in and out of alternating nostrils in order to balance the nervous system and the two hemispheres of the brain. I highly recommend you try it.

Watch the Alternate Nostril Breathing video here:

Let me know how this practice goes for you and if it helps you feel more calm and centered.

xo,

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Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 2: Continuous Sounds (Language)

Comin’ atcha with Part 2 of the Exaggerate Your Sounds exercise! This week we’re making every possible lllllllooooooooonnnnnng sound that we can. That includes vowels plus categories of consonants that are called frictatives, nasals, and approximants/semi-vowels. (You’ll get what I mean once you watch the video!). The exercise will take you considerably longer than Part 1 when we were making things short and sharp, so be patient and take your time. I find that if you really invest in making all these sounds as you do the exercise, your clarity becomes so much better!

Watch Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 2: Continuous Sounds here:

Fun? Weirdest ever? Both?? Whatever your experience, I hope you also feel like your communication is clearer!

xo,

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Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 1: Sharp Sounds (Language)

Here’s an exercise to help you with your reading! In Part One of two videos about exaggerating your sounds, you’ll learn how going overboard to do an exercise that makes your crisp explosive sounds even crisper can help with the clarity of delivering text or a speech.

This How To Warm Up video falls in the category of Language, so it’s all about ultimately helping your listener understand your message better. Try it and see if it helps you! And standby for Part 2 of the video next week!

Watch Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 1: Sharp Sounds video here:

xo,

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Patting and Massaging (Body)

When’s the last time you got a professional massage? Of course I hope your answer is “Yesterday!,” but chances are that’s not the case. I mean look, getting a massage requires transporting yourself to a different location, paying someone money, lying naked on a table for an hour, and of course subjecting yourself to a potentially weird or uncomfortable experience if the person isn’t great. What’s easier? Give yourself a 3 minute self massage every day as part of your warm up! Check out this week’s How To Warm Up video to learn how open-handed patting and self-massage can wake up your limbs and ribcage to be ready to perform!

Watch the Patting and Massaging video here:

Feel good? I hope you do!

xo,

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