warming up

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 Swinging Exercises (Body)

It’s time to warm up your Body! And today we’re going to be doing something more vigorous: exercises that use the momentum of swinging. These three simple exercises will warm up your spine, get your blood flowing, and get your breath moving. Best of all, they’ll only take you 2 minutes!. These are two of […]

Sound That Feels True To You

Today’s exercise is both really simple and also totally challenging. It’s called “Sound That Feels True To You” and it’s a way to help connect your impulses to the sound that’s actually coming out of you. You know that feeling when something comes out of your mouth and it feels totally fake? And your inner […]

Tongue Twisters with Nasals

Last week in our Articulation exercise we practiced the nasal sounds M, N, and NG. Today, we’re going to put it all together into a few fun and silly tongue twisters that will get your soft palate and other articulators working in tip top shape! Check out the Tongue Twisters with Nasals exercise here: Are these […]

The “Peter Piper” Language Exercise

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’re moving into Language! I’ll take you through a beloved tongue twister you may know: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers! This text has tons of plosive sounds in it, so you’ll have a chance to build on your work with clear and sharp explosive […]

The “Topeka Bodega” Articulation Exercise

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’ve made it to Articulation! This time around we’re focusing on plosive sounds… the ‘explosive’ consonants that are super important to pronounce accurately for clear enunciation. This exercise is silly and fun, and if you practice I bet you’ll get good at doing it fast enough to […]

The Mask Resonance Exercise

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’re tackling that elusive idea of mask resonance. What is it anyway, and how the heck to we get that effortless, ping-y sound? This is a great way to find it, so you can belt like Elphaba! Check out the Mask Resonance exercise here: Does this work for […]

The Humming Exercise

Did you know that humming up and down in pitch is a great little “stretch” for your vocal cords? It’s so valuable that I’m willing to create a gif where I look like a total goof 😆  In this week’s How To Warm Up video, you’ll learn how a gentle humming exercise can make sure […]

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 – […]