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The Roll Down (Body)

how to warm up Nov 08, 2017

If you’re like me (coming from a theatre/singing/yoga background), It’s very possible you’ve done today’s exercise about a gagillion times. But it’s also totally possible that you’ve never done the roll down! Whatever your experience, I promise you’ll learn something new in today’s How To Warm Up video. Adding this Body exercise to your warm up is a fabulous way to be sure you’re bringing your full body into your...

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Facial Muscle Warm Up (Impulse)

how to warm up Oct 26, 2017

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to learn how to warm up your facial muscles so that all of your impulses can make their way into full expression! I’ve put this exercise under the Impulse category for that reason, though of course a facial warm up improves your articulation too! So join me for this fun, goofy sequence of exercises that will conclude in some totally ridiculous faces (yes, I’m fully aware of the screen captures that could now exist on the...

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A Vibrator For Your Voice (Sound)

how to warm up Oct 19, 2017

Hi All,

The How To Warm Up video series is BACK and better than ever!! WAHOO!! You’ll notice that the videos look sharper and more professional now. Why? Because you’ve been liking them, so I’ve invested in making them even more awesome and fun/helpful to watch! HUGE thank you to cinematographer Carlos Chiossone who I’m shooting them with. You can connect with him at www.photostudio.com.

In today’s installment we’re skipping along to another Sound...

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In honor of our teachers, and today especially my teacher Paul

from the old blog Oct 10, 2017
This past Tuesday was Guru Purnima, one of the most special days in the Vedic tradition. It is a day marked on the full moon in July which celebrates our teachers, our gurus. As a Vedic meditator, I was really thrilled to be able to observe it in the company of a huge group of fellow meditators here in New York City. We gathered together to make puja (a beautiful ceremony with fruit, flowers, and chanting that pays homage to the lineage of teachers), ask for a wish for the coming...
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Elissa on the cover of Psoriasis Advance magazine

from the old blog Oct 06, 2017

Friends, Clients, and Colleagues,

I am beyond honored to be featured and on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Psoriasis Advance magazine. I have had psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that manifests as a skin condition, my whole life. In recent years I have become more outspoken about my struggles with it and my path to healing holistically. This article is a rare and exciting feature about natural remedies for psoriasis sufferers. I am thrilled with how the article turned...

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Finding “the Health” in the United States

from the old blog Aug 15, 2017
Note: I do not own the rights to the picture above (and I hope I won’t get in trouble for putting it on this blog!) The picture is part of artist Eric Fischer’s See something or say something project on Flickr. It was difficult to think of an image to accompany this article, and upon doing some research I learned of Eric’s work. I think this image, which shows locations of flickr and twitter posts, perhaps also shows a network of where the Health...
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The 4 Most Important Things To Work On To Improve Your Articulation

from the old blog Aug 11, 2017

Do you wish your articulation was clearer? Do people often ask you to repeat yourself? If you’re looking for clearer articulation, here are the four most beneficial steps you can take:

1. Explode your plosives at the ends of your words.

Let’s start with the definition: a plosive is a type of consonant in which the articulators touch and then explode apart. The plosives in the English language are p, b, t, d, k, and g.

To understand why the explosion in...

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Tongue Twisters with Fricatives (Language)

how to warm up Aug 03, 2017

Last lesson we learned our fricatives – the consonants we make by creating friction between our articulators. This week we’re putting them into Language context in tongue twisters! Two of them are intermediate and the other one is ADVANCED – so check them out and see if you can become a master and how fast you can get!! (Hint hint: the hard one is from the movie “The Kings Speech”)

Check out the Tongue Twisters with Fricatives (Language) exercise here:

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Fricatives (Articulation)

how to warm up Jul 20, 2017

I’ve got a question for you…. do you know your fricatives? If you don’t, then I’d like to introduce you! Fricatives are consonants that are created with – you guessed it – friction! The common ones we use in English are f, v, th (both unvoiced and voiced), s, z, sh, and zh. Check out this week’s Articulation vid to l! earn about these sounds, how they work, and how to make them with more clarity. Plus you’ll get to channel being little teapot...

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I’ve had a revelation here in Bali…

from the old blog Jul 13, 2017

On my first Sunday night here in Bali, I went to a kirtan. For those of you who have never heard of it before, a kirtan is basically a Sanskrit sing-a-long. Perhaps the reason you’d be familiar with it is because you’ve seen Bhakti yogis sitting in orange robes in a park singing “Hare Krishna, Hare Krisha, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare…

“Hare Krishna” is certainly one refrain that you can sing during kirtan, but the possibilities for melodies and...

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