I’m going right back to the beginning. With my YouTube videos, with my podcast, with my blogs. I’m going to teach the world to sing.
No, not really.
I got excited today to see this
…on my YouTube channel page. 100 people are interested enough in what I have to say that they have clicked SUBSCRIBE!!! Fantastic news!
So, lets start at the very beginning, a very fine place to start.
- Posture – sit up straight, keep those vertebrae aligned. Don’t feel like a primary school child in assembly – keep it soft but upright. Relax those shoulders if you can. Keep the head level – not always easy when facing a computer screen! Relax the jaw – if you can. You might need a open the mouth a little, stop pressing the teeth together, stop pressing the tongue against the roof of your mouth. Good, now you’re ready.
- In…and out…. In through the nose. The nose has lovely hairs to trap the impurities – use them! Out through the mouth so we can use the voice in a short while. Primitive man breathed in through the nose when at rest – fool your body that you’re relaxed by breathing in through the nose. Keep that jaw relaxed, don’t slouch!
- Now, give yourself a hug. A big one. Hold your own shoulders and squeeeeeeze! Breathe in while hugging and fill the back of your lungs with air. Feel that tummy inflate as you hold the chest still. Two or three of those should do, then release the arms. How good does that feel?
- Stretch up while breathing in, release the arms slowly while breathing out.
- Feel good? I do!
- Now breathe in through the nose and as you breathe out, count out loud slowly. Use the second hand on a clock or a metronome to keep steady. Write down the highest number. Try and beat it by breathing in more deeply. Do this two or three more times. Try again tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. Watch that number increase!
With these simple breathing exercises you’re saying “I’m in charge” of your breathing and you ARE taking control. You’re taking in enough air to relax and empower your lungs.
Try these exercises just before bed and see how relaxing they are!
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I look forward to hearing from you!
NB. If you feel faint or light-headed after doing my exercises – STOP!