Did you ever wonder how to get your voice louder without feeling like you are straining or pushing?
So many years as a young girl people responded to me with, “Can you speak a little louder, I can’t hear you”
It was so uncomfortable trying to push out a louder voice while I felt my face get redder and redder and my heart pounding faster and faster.
Today I want to share with you the #1 tip to speak or sing loud that I have used so people stop responding to me in this way.
It is a common thing to think we have to PUSH to get our voice out… but for any of you who have given birth, you know that if you push too hard or too soon it strains your body and some really unpleasant things can happen.
As I am writing this I am realizing that speaking or singing with a louder volume is pretty analogous to giving birth because if you let energy flow and expand to allow the baby though you give birth with ease. The same thing is true with the voice.
It is NOT A PUSH BUT AN EXPANSION that will let your voice gain in volume.
Your whole head and body, ALL OF IT, is a powerful resonating chamber. When you explore expanding your awareness to sing from your whole body -expanding your breath and voice out to every cell of your body you have the opportunity to get louder.
In the practice of Yoga they teach you to breath more fully. A teacher will also guide you to take your breath to different parts of you body. This is true of your voice as well. Intend for your voice to go to all areas of your body.
To start, you may want to work with just your head. Expanding the breath and the voice through your whole mouth, throat, neck and cranial bones etc.. This leads to a physical sensation of the throat expanding, especially the soft pallet – the soft spot behind the hard bony part of the roof of the mouth. To physically expand the throat and back of the mouth you can imagine you are swallowing an orange. Give it a try.
It stretches your throat doesn’t it?
Now see if you can allow this physical expansion inform your intension for expanding energetically throughout the whole body, releasing any density from contracting in your body. This expanded state will allow you more volume. It is an exploration and a journey. Play with this and the more you do, the more you will notice it working.
Have fun Being Loud!!
Any questions? Happy to answer them in the comments
Forego the apple and insert a SONG! A song a day keeps the Doctor away!
Singing has so many unsung benefits. On top of these it also can give you so much information about whether you are comfortable in your own skin and trust yourself!
When I was in my early 20s there were many low moments. It was at this time that I was beginning to play the guitar and sing a long to what I was playing. I didn’t put two and two together for a long time but when I did, I began to realize after singing I always felt better. I always felt more present and able to let go of my past story and I’ve noticed thru the years that even though I hadn’t been running or climbing a mountain for exercise, my aerobic ability was high. Now I know why
- Induce the body to produce oxytocin which helps reduce stress
- Improve your cardiac rhythm reducing risk of heart disease
- Train the stomach muscle
- Strengthens your immunity by increasing the concentration of immunoglobulin A
- You breath deeply and evenly promoting proper breathing
- Produce endorphins the “happy hormone”
If you are a closet singer, have you noticed some of these benefits?
Research is also showing these benefits show up even more with group singing. Do you a some friends to sing with?
Its pretty cool seeing the biology of how singing can contribute. However I’ve also noticed thru the past 20 years of being a singer / songwriter /performer that it also has been a great barometer for helping me build awareness of where I am holding myself back, what is negatively effecting me and where my body could use some assistance in releasing tightness.
So as you sing your song a day with or without a group enjoy the great physical benefits and while you do, begin to notice what thoughts are arising, where do you feel a bit of resistant in your body or mind and could you show up even more for the song.
In my experience it has been helpful to have a journal near by because a lot seems to unfold, unleash and release… write it down. It is is great information for transformation!
A song a day keeps the doctor away. Happy Singing!
We may not think much of our voice until we have to get up and do a presentation, or get on camera or sing a song. However, each moment our voice has a lot to say.
Your voice can be a window to your soul.
When your voice is free I venture to say you are feeling more free inside to be your true self. When your voice is free you have a confidence and ease with showing up and being heard. At least this is what I have experienced. Thru the years here are some affirmations I have used to stay open with my voice when I have been on stage. May these 7 affirmations to free your voice be a contribution to you! Your Brilliance can change the world!
- My VOICE is my Power
- I am being sung by source energy
- I expand my energy and let go of judgments
- If I can breath, I can talk, If I can talk I can sing
- My voice is a unique contribution to the world
- My body is open and free to express my voice
- I trust the brilliance that comes thru my voice
How to use these affirmations:
1-First Aid: When you find yourself feeling self conscious or uncomfortable -contracted in your body and inhibited yet your still aware of a “green light” energy of “go do this”, pick one of these affirmations to use or several. Use them on the spot!
2-Personal practice: If you are aware of a specific pattern that shows up you can pick the affirmation that lights you up and say it as a mantra practice morning and night. Say it 10-30 times at a sitting. (or in the car, this is were I get a lot of my transformational practice done LOL) This will help you rewire your experience with using your voice.
With these affirmations under your belt you will begin to find more ease with your video blogs, speaking in a room full of people, making a presentation or even with speaking to your children.
I love questions. IF you have any let me know in the comments!
Could you use more help with freeing your voice? I offer Vocal empowerment sessions that are a deep transformational journey of self discovery to free your voice I would love to support you!
- All the best
Have you ever noticed that who you think you are and the points of view you have about yourself, about what is right and wrong and about what is good and bad predict what you are willing to be and act out in your life? There is a more potent way to express yourself in your reality and with your work.
Your personality is getting in the way of your voice!
Let go of your personality!
What if these points of view that are running your life and determining your expression were strategies you developed a long time ago to survive your family and your school life. What if these strategies are out dated and there is a more potent and more expressive way to live?
What if I told you the voice you are using right now today is actually the voice of a 5 year old or an 8 year old or a 13 year old? Have you gained awareness and wisdom thru the years that are being squashed and unheard because of strong points of view that you established way back when?
What if it is way more potent and efficient to tune in to what is required with the situation in the present moment. Would you be willing to be and do what ever it takes to be a contribution to your client? Or do you think your 5 year old self has client relations in your grown up business covered?
How do you choose something different:
Your vocal expression and communication with others can be a tell tale sign of where you are functioning from in your life. Vocal awareness can give you information as to whether you are functioning from the present moment or a past strategy. Functioning from the present moment requires that you be extremely present with the energetics in the room with out referring back to a past situation to figure out how to react and communicate. Two questions you can use to get clear about what is required in the present moment are:
What is required here?
What can I be or do to be the biggest contribution here?
These questions will keep you in the present moment. These questions will give some ah ha possibilities to try. These questions do not give you concrete answers but they do inform you as to what to be or do next, given that you are willing to let go of your personality to express what is required.
For example, If you are someone who has a point of view about cussing and being loud or aggressive, you may be missing out on part of the rainbow of vocal expression that could be effective in a certain moment.
Now this is not permission to go and let out all your aggression on a client or your child or a friend . You see if you become aware that a more stern or aggressive approach is what may be required, you do it with no attachment to anger or negative feelings, you do it as a strategy. To do this and use your voice in this effective way, what would it take to come from awareness rather then your personality, points of view and feelings. It’s putting your personality self aside and being willing to be the energy that will contribute to the person to create the most change.
Vise Versa, if your personality is stern, go – getter and no frills would you be willing to put that aside and voice your self with the tenderness that may be required?
Are you willing to use your voice in a way that would be the biggest contribution and create the most change? Yes, you may receive judgment, yes you may feel confused at first and yes you may see yourself and the reality around you change, including the freedom you have with your voice.