Today I want to share a basic practice to help you access the full depth of your voice. Your breath capacity and relaxation are key to getting started. Follow along as I demonstrate, and then try it yourself.
Start by taking in a few long, deep in-breaths with an open mouth and relaxed jaw. Expand the belly and stretch the diaphragm as you fill your lungs to capacity. Breathing fully, we access the deep channel of power from the solar plexus, carrying it up through the heart and the throat.
Now, breathe out in the same way, emptying the belly, contracting the diaphragm, and emptying the lungs. Do this several times with full awareness and concentration on the pattern and fullness of your breath. Imagine a crystal clear drinking straw running from the crown of your head to your perineum, and each breath clearing this channel completely. As you breathe in this way, you might start to feel light-headed. Just go slow - there’s no rush. This deep breathing exercise might also bring up emotions. Your lungs are the wings of your heart, and as you breathe, you activate the heart chakra, the house of our vulnerability, grief, and sorrow.
Now, with your next out-breath, make the sound ahhhhhh, like a big out-sigh. In this ahh sound, you are releasing all tension, stress, fear, discomfort from any part of your body. Pull any discomfort or emotion into the drinking straw from wherever in your body you are holding it, and sigh it out. Do this several times, exaggerating the sigh as if you are the most relaxed person in the whole world.
Now continue to breathe in and out but as you ahhh on the out-breath, create a pillar of strength that runs through your whole body. Your ahh sound should be firm, steady, and powerful. Imagine you are God sounding the world into being. Feel this sound rising from the root of your perineum and out the top of your head. Do this several times until you start to feel convinced and confident of the power of your own voice. If you enjoy it, keep going!
The third part of this exercise is to then roll your ahhh sound into the sound OM. Repeat this again and again in your own rhythm and it will be like the waves on the ocean lapping up the shore. Ahh is the sound of creation and manifestation - the sound of God - and Om is an appreciation of the physical manifestation. Let this sound AH-OM be your prayer for the conscious awareness and expansion of your creative and healing potential. I highly recommend this as part of your daily meditation practice.