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Chanting the Sound Om (Resonance)

how to warm up Dec 28, 2017

We’re going full-on yoga in today’s How To Warm up video… woohoo! In this video we’re going to play with resonance by chanting the sound Om. Om, which is also sometimes written as Aum, is the yoga mantra of the whole universe. It contains within it three sounds: Ah, Oo, and Mm. Ah is said to symbolize beginning or creation, Oo is said to symbolize middle or maintenance, and Mm pertains to ending or destruction. So by chanting the full sound Om, we tap into the...

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The Countdown (Body)

how to warm up Dec 21, 2017

In today’s How To Warm Up video, we’re going to do a really fun simple warm up that energizes you through shaking. Check out my version of the “countdown,” which warms up both your Body and your Articulation at the same time (woot!). It’s rhythmic, fun, and almost like the hokey pokey.

And by the way – if you know and love a different version of this exercise, feel free to share in the comments!!

Watch the Countdown exercise (body) here:

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The Breath Support Exercise – “Sh, Let it go” (Breath)

how to warm up Dec 08, 2017

Today’s brand new How To Warm Up video covers my very favorite exercise for reminding your body what it feels like to engage the low belly action of breath support. If you want to be sure that you’re supporting your voice well, then check this out… you’ll learn both the “Sh, let it go” and “Hey, let it go” techniques that you can use in in every single warm up you do! Let’s dive in:

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A Belly Massage For Your Voice (Body)

how to warm up Dec 01, 2017

I LOVE today’s How To Warm Up exercise, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Learn how a belly massage can help you release your guts and breathe more freely. Though I originally learned this practice as a technique for better digestion from my studies of Ayurveda (Indian medicine), I’ve found it’s incredibly beneficial for your voice too! Check it out, and as an extra bonus we’ll play with a water balloon too (you’ll get it when you see it! )

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How to Steam Your Vocal Cords

vocal health tips Nov 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving all! Coming at you with a special edition video straight from my parent’s kitchen in Northern California. It’s that time of year where a lot of us get sick, get laryngitis, feel vocally dry because our heaters are on, etc etc. My top vocal health recommendation always is to steam to lubricate your vocal cords, and it’s extra important at this time of year! So in order to encourage you to steam, I’ve filmed this instructional video. I hope you enjoy,...

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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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