This week’s session includes a few fun tongue twisters to help you warm up your lips and tongue and they improve the ability to speak clearly – you might stumble over your words initially but will  get the hang of it quite soon. Do these when you are preparing for a meeting or presentation and do not have much time. Please remember to always warm up your voice by doing a few humming exercises before you do vocal exercises.

For today’s relaxation exercise I would like to refer you to a clip on YouTube. It is a demonstration of the Alexander technique, a wonderful routine to get rid of tension:

Let us do a few breathing exercises before we start

  • Breathe in deeply through your nose.
  • Hold the breath for a moment –
  • Breathe out.

Vocal organs exercise 02

The purpose of today’s session is to practice your ability to speak clearly – we will be exercising your lips, tongue, and facial muscles. Once you know the routine of these exercises, you can easily do them while you drive to work or to an appointment. Not only do they warm up your vocal organs, they also prepare you mentally for speaking clearly and confidently.

Today’s stretching exercise is a lovely overall stretch which we often underestimate:

  • Stand or sit comfortably.
  • Stretch out your arms above your head and the legs and feet away from your body, just as you would do as you wake up.
  • Yawn! It’s a wonderful way to relax tense muscles.
  • Breathe in as you stretch as you stretch your limbs away from our body.
  • Breathe out as you relax the stretch.

Did you know that the tongue is the most flexible muscle in the body? The purpose of today’s sessions is to practice your tongue.

Today’s stretching exercise is for your neck and shoulders: Since most of us spend plenty of times sitting at our desks and with our upper body in the same position, this is the perfect exercise to move your neck and shoulders. Do this before you have a presentation to loosen any tension you might have.

  • Stand or sit tall and straight.
  • Face forwards.
  • Place your left hand on top of your head, slightly off-centre towards your right ear.
  • Gently pull your head towards your left shoulder.
  • Hold this stretch for 3 seconds.
  • Feel the opposite shoulder and the side of your neck stretching.

The purpose of today’s sessions is manifold: a stretching exercise to release your neck muscles, a breathing exercise to slow you down in times of stress and a projection exercise to strengthen your voice.

Today’s stretching exercise is for your neck: it is an exercise that you can do at your desk as you take a break from working:

  • Stand or sit.
  • Keep back tall and straight.
  • Lower your head towards your chest.
  • Clasp your hands behind your head.
  • Keep your elbows stretched out to the sides, parallel to your shoulders.
  • Pull your head gently downwards.
  • Tuck your chin in, towards your chest.
  • Feel the back of your neck stretching.
  • Keep breathing in and out deeply all the time.
  • Hold this stretch for 3 seconds.
  • Release your arms and lift up your head again.