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Shoulder, Neck, and Jaw Tension Release (Sound)

Today’s How To Warm Up video is going to be useful for a lot of us… because I can’t remember the last time I encountered a human who said: “Wow! My shoulders, neck, and jaw are SO relaxed!!” 😆 If you’re like the rest of us, then you too have tension in your shoulders, neck, […]

Breath of Fire (Breath)

In today’s How To Warm Up video, I’m covering a breathing technique from yoga called Breath of Fire!! 🔥 Breath of fire, which is called kapalabhati in Sanskrit (that means skull-shining breath 💀🌟) is used as a technique to move energy upward in the body, or make the coiled kundalini ‘snake’ begin to rise 🐍. […]

Quick Articulator Sequence (Articulation)

Today’s How To Warm Up video is quick, easy, and goofy as usual. Check out my favorite warm up sequence for the articulators – namely the lips, tongue, and jaw (and a little somethin’ somethin’ for the skull too because it feels good!). If you get really good at this one, you can probably do […]

Stick Your Tongue Out

So when I say stick your tongue out, I don’t mean in the bratty way. I mean that when you leave your tongue outside your mouth while you speak or sing, it helps you release the root of your tongue so you can articulate with more clarity and ease! 👅 😝 Of course, the goofiness […]

The Zipper

Today’s How To Warm Up video is going to teach you a really simple exercise to “stretch” your vocal cords. Yes is it’s true, that’s possible… just like any other muscle, your vocal cords can stretch! And when they do, it actually raises your pitch. So you’ll learn this very simple, useful warm up that […]

Chanting the Sound Om

We’re going full-on yoga in today’s How To Warm up video… woohoo! In this video we’re going to play with resonance by chanting the sound Om. Om, which is also sometimes written as Aum, is the yoga mantra of the whole universe. It contains within it three sounds: Ah, Oo, and Mm. Ah is said […]

A belly massage for your voice

I LOVE today’s How To Warm Up exercise, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Learn how a belly massage can help you release your guts and breathe more freely. Though I originally learned this practice as a technique for better digestion from my studies of Ayurveda (Indian medicine), I’ve found it’s incredibly […]

Breathe Through Your Mouth

Pay attention to this one, my friends, because it might be one of the best and most important things I teach! Learn why breathing in and out through your MOUTH is actually the most natural thing to do when you’re speaking, and therefore an amazingly helpful thing to practice to cultivate to strengthen your vocal […]

The Roll Down

If you’re like me (coming from a theatre/singing/yoga background), It’s very possible you’ve done today’s exercise about a gagillion times. But it’s also totally possible that you’ve never done the roll down! Whatever your experience, I promise you’ll learn something new in today’s How To Warm Up video. Adding this Body exercise to your warm […]

Conversation requires speaking and listening

Yesterday in the United States, people gathered with their families or people they cherish to celebrate Thanksgiving. To express gratitude, and to engage in – or perhaps avoid – conversation. I’ve been thinking a lot about conversation recently, and about what constitutes true conversation. Here’s one thing I know (and I bet you agree): Communication […]