Magic Choral Trick #242 Reach For the Sky, Lion

This one is very useful when you’ve been singing and concentrating, and the throat, neck and shoulders have become a little tight.

Reach For the Sky – Both arms straight up, then stretch the ribcage area upwards – followed by the upper back area, and an extra stretch upwards from the shoulders and arms.

Now stick out your tongue and try to touch your chin with the tip of your tongue. Then open your eyes as wide as you can – sending ferocious energy (from the eyes) straight ahead. The tongue and eyes thing is part of a yoga pose called The Lion. The ferocious energy shooting out from the wide open eyes comes from Tai Chi. Breathe deeply for a few seconds as you do this.

Not only does this release tension from the back, shoulders, throat and tongue – the ferocious energy out of the wide open eyes revitalizes the mind and its ability to focus. When the eyes are wide open, the mind assumes that there’s something vitally important to look at, and kicks itself into a heightened state of awareness.


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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