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Variance:  Stick Em Up

Variance: Stick Em Up

Today, we are going to explore a low-tech, physical disruption in order to activate better breathing.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees gently bent, with active alignment in your spine. By active alignment, I mean a spine that feels as though it is extending upward but remains pliable.

Take three deeps breaths observing your ribcage, your upper back, and the movement of your abdomen.

Now, put em up — Your arms that is. Line up your upper arms with the line of your shoulders, bend at the elbow, and put your hands up. No need to flex your arms in any way, the hands can remain open. Still, this may immediately feel like effort.

Take three deep breaths. Observe the engagement in your shoulder blades, the movement of your ribcage and your abdomen. Slowly release your arms downward and try to retain the engagement and availability you just found.

As you move through your day, check-in with your breath. If you aren’t sure you are engaged — put em up.

On Fridays at 12 pm EDT, for the foreseeable future, 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

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