I like to explore. Discovering activities and practices that help me let go and that bring me relaxation and joy is a major past time for me.
Last summer I began noodling with sound during my AlignUp practice. It was in the context of using a deep Om to bring more relaxation to my diaphragm, thanks to a TRE trainer. I used this with my students and also played with it in the context of AlignUp’s core-breath work. Especially after a dear friend brought my attention to the work of Kristin Linklater and her work with actors and performers.
Something surprising began happening the more I Ommmmmm’d in my core-breath practice. The sound became deeply resonant. The resonance moved into the rest of my body — radiating out from my belly and diaphragm. It felt really good.
It was time to get my tush to a voice teacher!
This was kismet. The right teacher at the right time. I was curious about how my alignment practice would connect to being able to sing. My mind is officially blown:
- Huge waves of deep pleasure (and relaxation) were released in my body. More so than when I was just messin’ around to Rhianna in the car…
- During my second lesson Catherine instructed me about the physical movement involved in singing. It was about making sound and funneling that through words and the mouth.
WHEN I TOOK THAT A STEP FURTHER–AND SYNCED MY CORE WORK WITH MY SINGING-BREATH — I GOT EASY, RESONANT–RELAXED SOUND. LEGATTO! And it felt so so SO good.
Have you always wished you could just sing out with your heart? It’s never too late. And the benefits – especially for people with back, hip, neck, pain etc…and to people having a hard time dealing with stress–could be especially strengthening to your body, heart and soul.