In the Buddhist teaching, Upajjhatthana Sutta, there are five remembrances for contemplation. The one I…
Today is about remembering that your hips are a joint.
That your leg connects with the pelvis at this joint and that it helps support the weight of the body. This is not just a set support but a dynamic one. It is meant to move.
Try taking a stance with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees gently bent and move your hips from side to side. Experiment with moving them first left, then forward, then right, then back and then reversing the direction. Follow that pattern more smoothly to create circular movement. Observe where this movement is easy and where it is hard. As always, respecting your body and it’s limitations and parameters.
Tightness in the hips will sooner or later (usually sooner) turn up in the breath. Tightness in the breath leads to limitations on your voice use. which means it is time to move your hips.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.