If that one-word instruction succeeded in getting you to release breath, you are in good company. On the best of days, most of us can be caught holding our breath. These are not our best days so we must be more intentional about breath. Especially, the release.
At the base of it, breathing is as easy as well, breathing. You inhale air and use air which causes you to inhale again. The issue is that most of us aren’t using enough air. But, we are inhaling as if we did and then sitting on the air until it gets stale. That is oxygen-depleted air just sitting in our lungs. If we do this long enough, we can start to feel terrible and anxious. It can be hard to breathe because the lungs have air, so you are trying to fill a space with no capacity. You must exhale to release this air as you cannot use it while your brain is on high alert.
I’m not expecting that this news will turn you into a moving, singing, air-using machine (though I’d be thrilled). I do hope that it encourages you to remember to exhale.
ps: If this is really hard for you, there is an app for that.
This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will host an office hour over Zoom that will also be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Come to the Zoom for the session and/or to ask any questions you have about voice function or practice or just join me over FB Live. Register here or watch it live on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you 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.