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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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Oral Resonance (Resonance)

how to warm up Jul 06, 2017

t’s time for another Resonance exercise! I’m excited for today’s because it goes hand in hand with the two we’ve done so far in the How To Warm Up series. Today we’re covering Oral Resonance – the sound that gives your voice a rich, deep quality. This one is great for cultivating your radio announcer voice. So press play and check it out – it’s funny and silly as usual  (also… if you haven’t watched the other two Resonance vids...

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Why I came to Bali…

from the old blog Jul 02, 2017

(Warning: this post is gonna have lots of pictures and emojis )

It all starts last summer when I went to Burning Man for the first time. For those of you who haven’t gone or heard of Burning Man, it’s a huge week-long festival in the Nevada Desert that centers around radical self-reliance, expression, and love. It’s a place where you can walk up a stranger, hug them, and within seconds be in deep conversation.

Obviously, I made a lot of friends at Burning Man last...

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Straw Phonation

how to warm up Jun 22, 2017

Hey there crew! Have you ever heard of straw phonation? It’s using a straw to practice making sound with optimal airflow and pressure. The concept was popularized by renowned voice doctor Ingo Titze in this popular youtube video 7 years ago, and has been taken on board by singers, voice teachers, and professional voice users alike. Straws are an incredibly valuable tool for calibrating your effort to create Sound at the vocal folds – so pick one up and try this out!!

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Kapalabhati Pranayama

how to warm up Jun 15, 2017

Calling all yogis and yoginis! Today’s How To Warm Up video is an awesome breathing exercise from yoga – a pranayama – called Kapalabhati (pronounced kuh-pall-uh-BAH-tee). Kapalabhati means “skull shining breath.” The idea is that when you practice this breathing technique, your skull winds up feeling all shiny and tingly from the energy you’re sending upwards. Sounds kinda nice, right? The best part about this pranayama is that it is another way to...

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