Stand and spread out. Stretch your arms outwards. Move your legs. Explore the movement of your ribcage and hips.
Inhale on a slow count of 4, hum (make an /u/ shape in your mouth and then gently close it) for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, then let it all go. Keep moving and repeat.
As you move, take an inventory: How do you feel? What are you thinking? What is happening in the spaces between? Between your ribs, between the vertebrae, or between the ribcage and hips for example.
Stop yourself mid-movement and observe that space. To quote a dancer-friend, “deal with yourself.”
Breathe in for 4, release it all. Breathe in for 7, release it all. Breath in for 8, release it all.
This week, I’ll be posting short functional voice releases that can be done from wherever you are social distancing. Take care out there.
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.