vocal health

How To Warm Up Your Voice: The Intro to the “How To Warm Up” Series

Welcome to the How To Warm Up video series!! 🎉 If you’re like: “Ummmm, Elissa, I’ve been watching these videos for a year…” then I know the welcome sounds weird. I’m welcoming you back though, because I recently got around to re-filming the introduction video! (As you may have noticed if you’ve been following the videos for […]

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 🐍. […]

Release on the Inhalation (Breath)

Our How To Warm Up video is longer than usual today. Why? Because it’s one of the most important exercises I teach, and I think you deserve to understand it fully! The exercise is called “Release on the Inhalation” and it’s for your breathing. It will teach you how to take an easy breath, which […]

Notice What’s In The Room (Impulse)

Today’s warm up exercise is very powerful for connecting your impulses to your ability to express yourself. It’s a simple exercise that I call “notice what’s in the room,” and it’s a way to practice being more present and expressive. Since it pertains to the first step in the whole “How To Warm Up” sequence […]

Circling

Chances are really good that you’ve done some version of today’s How To Warm Up exercise before… it’s circling through all the major joints of the body. Circling is incredibly valuable because activates the fluid in our joints, and moves our bones and muscles in relationship to each other. This invites our whole body to […]

Tongue Circles

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re doing a simple, awesome articulator workout that I call tongue circles. Tongue circles are a great way to give your tongue a thorough workout. What’s the value of that? Well when you understand what it feels like to reallllly engage the muscles of your tongue, it helps you understand […]

The Camel Stretch

Alright friends… today’s How To Warm Up video is goofy. Watch me make some funny faces as I demonstrate how to do the “camel stretch” to release the muscles through the front of your neck and your jaw. It’s ridiculous, it’s amazing, and it’s a fabulous stretch. By the way – a huge thank you […]

Trills

Do you know what a trill is? Maybe you know you can’t do one? Well in today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to use a bilabial trill (that’s a fancy way of saying a trill with your two lips) to warm up your voice and your lips. Plus trills are totally awesome because […]

How to Steam Your Vocal Cords

Happy Thanksgiving all! Coming at you with a special edition video straight from my parent’s kitchen in Northern California. It’s that time of year where a lot of us get sick, get laryngitis, feel vocally dry because our heaters are on, etc etc. My top vocal health recommendation always is to steam to lubricate your […]

Straw Phonation

Hey there crew! Have you ever heard of straw phonation? It’s using a straw to practice making sound with optimal airflow and pressure. The concept was popularized by renowned voice doctor Ingo Titze in this popular youtube video 7 years ago, and has been taken on board by singers, voice teachers, and professional voice users […]