breathing

Kapalabhati Pranayama (Breath)

Calling all yogis and yoginis! Today’s How To Warm Up video is an awesome breathing exercise from yoga – a pranayama – called Kapalabhati (pronounced kuh-pall-uh-BAH-tee). Kapalabhati means “skull shining breath.” The idea is that when you practice this breathing technique, your skull winds up feeling all shiny and tingly from the energy you’re sending […]

The “Sh, Let It Go” Breath Support Exercise

We’re back with another “How To Warm Up” video, and today we’re covering breath support! In the last video on Body we covered one of my favorite new things – abdominal massage. Massaging your guts is super beneficial for helping your belly release so you can allow in an easy, expansive inhalation. – HOWEVER – When we’re producing sound, the exhalation isn’t just released… […]

A belly massage for your voice!

Okay guys today is GOOD, because this exercise that is my latest obsession. We’re on to the Body stage in the “How To Warm Up” sequence, and today I’m sharing a technique for abdominal self-massage. It was actually my Ayurvedic wellness coach who taught me how to massage my belly in order to aid digestion. But […]

The Tense and Release, but Backwards! Exercise

This week’s How To Warm Up video addresses Breath, the all-important power source of our voice! I’m sharing this exercise before any other breathing stuff because I think you should do it literally. every. day. I mean it. The way our body is hard-wired to breathe – an effortful inhalation, and a passive exhalation – […]

How To Warm Up: the Intro Video

You’ve been asking and it was time to answer. So this week I mounted my phone on top of a tripod, and I made you the very first video! Here it is: The How To Warm Up intro Stay tuned next week when we’ll dive in with our first exercise. Also please let me know what you think! It […]

Let’s talk about your diaphragm

Okay, let’s talk about your diaphragm. I know we voice coaches says things like “breathe with your diaphragm” or “use diaphragmatic breathing,” but to be honest that language is misleading. Why? Because it’s kinda like saying “walk with your feet”…. what else are you supposed to do it with anyway? Unless your diaphragm is paralyzed […]