Tis the season to… SING!
What is Singing Breath and how does it help me?
Singing Breath is a fun way to make some noise and release tension. It also helps bring awareness to your breath, teaching you to breath fully and deeply which promotes relaxation.
How do I do it?
As an example we will use the vowel sounds of the alphabet (A-E-I-O-U) to describe this exercise, but you can use any sounds at all! Singing your name or the name of a friend, or even something as simple as “do, re, mi”…. The only rules are to have fun, and to use the entire out breath (or exhale) to make your sound.
1. Take a nice easy breath in, filling up your lungs. Sweep your arms up overhead as you breathe in, this allows more space for the ribs to expand, resulting in a fuller “in breath” or inhale.
2. Open your mouth and exhale by singing the letter “A” until all of the air is out of your body. Like this, “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…”. The sound should stop once you have emptied all of the air from your lungs. Float the arms back down by your sides as you sing the sound.
3. Take another deep breath in, sweeping the arms up overhead, and repeat with the next vowel, “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…”. And so on.
*Tip: Don’t be afraid to make noise or laugh, making noise and laughing are great ways to release tension from the body. Have fun with this.