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Voice Loss Remedy- Sea Buckthorn Oil May 3, 2013

Filed under: Art and Movement,Beauty and Fashion,Body and Spirit,Sound and Music — skyscraperyoga @ 2:21 am

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skin and voiceThe Food for Better Voice & Radiant Skin
• If you are concerned about voice loss -first of all, stop talking, especially on the phone, avoid yelling and do not whisper because your vocal chords will be experiencing even more tension.
• Simple voice loss remedies might include the following. Drink any milk along with mineral water. The best mineral water for this recipe would be “Borjomi” offered through selected Whole Food markets. This mineral water contains natural salts and many minerals that are essential for your well-being.
• Reading is very important. Dr. Oz in his book ” You being Beautiful” offered useful advice that is based on his true business expertise, relevant education and on decades of his sound experience.

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is one of the most useful plants on Earth. Its orange colored berries are not only yummy; they are an unsurpassed natural source of vitamin E, A and several other carotenes. Sea Buckthorn, which contains vitamins B1, B2, K, and P has the quality of healing stomach ulcers, burns, sore throats, and voice loss, and it can also treat your skin so that it looks royally radiant. Take a 1/2 of a table spoon or 1 tea spoon of Sea Buckthorn Oil and swallow as slowly as possible or just let it run down your throat. For more tips click here and see the video clip.

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Music is Painting in the Air

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The last week of April in New York was influenced by a plethora of extraordinary music events dedicated to the International Day of Jazz and to the celebration of the Birthdays of Barbra Streisand, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Many gifted singers and musicians showcased their talents on various stages including Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and other Jazz & Blues halls and clubs.
What an extraordinary occasion to learn about blues & jazz and, if you’re lucky, to jam with some renown jazz musicians who gathered together to pay a tribute to music!!
During one of our ‘after-concert’ coffee hours the question: “Are Gospel music and Blues the same thing?” was asked.
While there is an evident distinction between Gospel Music and the secular solo Blues, Blues is also an important root of jazz music and to this day is considered to be an essential part of a jazz repertoire.

“Blues is many things: a musical form of bars and measures, a whole body of melodies and themes. It is a harmonic system. It is a system of call and response. It is a bunch of moans and groans, and shouts and cries, dissonance and consonance; and it can interface with music all over the world”. Wynton Marsalis in “Jazz, a History of American’s Music”
“The Blues is a feeling and when it hits you, it’s the real news.” – said Huddie Ledbetter (1888-1949) who was called the” King of the twelve –string guitar” and had a repertoire of some 500 songs.
I would also add that Blues is Improvisation – the ability to find a new fresh and radiant melody (motif) and avoid being repetitive, simple, ill-mannered or predictable. Developing the motif and improving voice is not something that is done overnight. Listening, practicing and respecting the standards of notorious Jazz Kings and Jazz Queens is a time-consuming but an awesome and luxurious entity. It is also important for jazz students, teachers or well-known jazzmen and jazzwomen to create new music that is in harmony with our recent time, human values and our hearts.


On NBC News, Barnard’ President Debora Spar discusses whether women can have it all. April 26, 2013

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In a NBC Nightly News segment about work-life balance and the challenge of “having it all,” Barnard President Debora Spar talks about the need for redefining success.

Watch the video clip here.


Music Is My Favorite Language April 19, 2013

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Dear Ladies, Happy Birthday!!

Ella and Barbara

In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocals and short syllables. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice. Ella Fitzgerald  (born April 25th 1917) is generally considered to be one of the greatest and most gifted scat singers in Jazz History.

Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

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All Wonder Women of the World – Come Together! April 12, 2013

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All Wonder Women of the World – Come Together!

(Do not forget to invite your significant folks, boyfriends and husbands!)


Brief Announcement:

Kelcey Edwards’s movie “Wonder Women! The  Untold Story of  American  Superheroines ” airs on the PBS series Independent Lens, on Monday, April 15 at 10 p.m.

“The film  traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, ” WONDER WOMEN!” looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation”.


Vocal Health during Allergy Season April 5, 2013

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VOCAL WORKSHOP: Vocal Health during Allergy Season.

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Attention all practitioners- musicians, actors, teachers, public speakers, sport advisors, sales representatives and others: It is allergy season and it’s time to talk about saving your voice.
I love the springtime and summer, but the pollen and various grasses tend to make people stuffy, sneezy, and, eventually, hoarse. Of course, there are consequences for all practitioners including singers and vocal teachers because the pollen in the air and other air impurities can make singing more difficult.

I spent a decade studying about music, art, voice and how to keep your voice healthy. I can tell that being able to overcome the dirty environment is important for good singing, teaching or presenting. This means that during this time of the year, I’m simply putting extra thought and energy into protecting and preserving my voice and I encourage everybody to do the same.
Here are some major things I would recommend to keep the voice during any allergy season:
Nasal Irrigation
This is my #1 tip for anyone dealing with sinus issues. You may have heard of neti pots – yogis all around the world do not neglect its benefits. Use any method you like and do the nasal irrigation every morning year-round, and twice a day during allergy season. It Works. Wonders!

Hot Herbal Tea
I usually choose something with lemon or peppermint, honey, ginger or licorice especially when my throat is sore. The recipe is simple, yet the tea is tasty, delicious and it smells good. From time to time I put anti-inflammatory Turmeric or a mix of pea protein to my morning or afternoon drink.

Food for a Better Voice
Fish, Meat and Almonds all serve as high protein foods that will fuel your body and keep your vocal cords working well. These foods are good for the vocal cords as long as they are organic and not served with heavy spices. Spicy foods will increase acid in the stomach and that acid can rise up through the esophagus and damage the vocal cords.
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits, such as apples, are good for vocal cords because they are high in protein as well as vitamins A and C. Yellow vegetables are also good for the vocal cords. Most green vegetables should be avoided when preparing for a speech or a performance as they can make you bloated.

Vocal Stretching and Vocal Warm –Up
Being hydrated keeps the vocal cords supple. But after your morning glass of tea you can start stretching your voice by singing (or speaking) one note and holding it for as long as you can before you run out of breath. You can change the notes, or the shape of your mouth to stretch the muscles as well. You can also stretch the range of your voice by singing scales, or by scooping a note from low to high or high to low. Do not overdo this though- the human voice is a sensitive organ. If you are experimenting with no limits you should be responsible for the injury(s) or damage that you created or encouraged. Immediately consult your doctor if you start experiencing negative sensations while producing notes.

Vocal healing and training provides more than just preserving your vocal folds or the removal of some negative sensations in your throat. This is a unique and luxurious opportunity to treat the whole body with the healthy vibrations of sound created by the most precious musical instrument-your own voice.

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Here And Now March 11, 2013

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Stepping outside of your comfort zone, meeting with inspiring and talented people from different backgrounds, and planning a variety of new endeavors can create chaos, but it can also transform your existence and take you into a different dimension that is enriching for the diverse nature that you and others around you own. New York City is known for its cultural diversity, so I started to believe that this diverse essence of the big city and my survival harmonize regardless of the negative forces that are also a part of the big city.

I recently noticed that diversity has become more prized in our everyday lives. For instance, the treadmill machines at Equinox Fitness Club , NYC can ‘speak’ a different language, which shows that some trainers, members and their staff are admiring “otherness”. Exclusiveness is written in the stones and I found the appreciation of the human ethics very attractive and cutting edge in the era of Global mobility. Nowadays, people are migrating, living, working and purchasing property in different countries with greater ease. Equinox reflects the new era and the challenge that it brings just like some leading corporations do. Ethical businesses include members and families regardless of their nationalities, sex orientation, or cultural heritage.

Diversity, women’s leadership, the freedom of humanity vs. freedom of hate and cyber bullying are important topics for an ongoing Global communication.This communication includes upcoming debates in London and in the USA led by Madeleine Albright, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra, the head of the Anti-Defamation league Abe Foxman and the recent 2013 Film Festivals held at the Barnard College and at the Tish School of Arts.

I joined both Festivals because I believe that perpetual dominance of one kind over the other, abnormal egocentrism and hate are ugly, regardless of the cover-ups.I joined in to meet some inspiring female and male producers, writers and singers seeking a communication with like-minded folks and I would not regret the positive influence! Isolation is deadly for survival, communication is everything, and here is a little tip, points that caught my attention and occupied my thoughts:
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Can Music save your heart in this rough and controversial real world and how can music redirect its negative force into better channels? What does it take to make your first music recording? I felt shocked, fearful, intrigued and more. Is this because I was born this way? –“Let the Music Begin” – suggested one of the music producers while he shared about his studio, diverse staff and about some stunning Production Houses during the Festival’s Round Table. Thrilled! My first recording sessions are booked, the rest does not matter!

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What is Positive Humor? -Liza Donnelly cartoonist for New Yorker and the speaker at the Festival has travelled the world, and she knows what diversity and survival really mean. “When Do They Serve The Wine?: The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of being a Woman” Hilarious! I guess I do not have to worry about my weekends, at least until me and my handsome boyfriend/caring man in his 40s will finish some reading. So much Joy!! Laughing our asses off…!

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What is Dance? Dance & the Internet– “The Window Sex Project’– I would not narrow the topic of harassment to “man or boys insulting a woman”, but it is fascinating that in their project a diverse group of women didn’t talk back to insult men in return, neither did they provoke or enjoy some violent manifestation of their feminine powers at the price of compromising the dignity of others.

Instead, they showed their guts in creating a “language” that is both strong but smart, when their Dance becomes the weapon for better communication between women and men instead of being a weapon that is against understanding. I wondered if they would include men in their next production. Would they express their feminine and masculine powers, the clashes of their egos and prides without going into total war against each other? Most likely not – it might be too injurious or even deadly. But my expectations are solely based on the screening, and not on any sufficient communication or real interaction with the members of this group.

Receptions & Food- What can better say on the “diversity issue “if not your food choice? Pickles (my native recipe) are good for digestion! I can digest pretty much everything now, from coco –banana blend, to cold beer, to fat beef or dry chicken, to God knows what else, you name it…


We all make our own choices. Our true supporters do not betray or insult us. Our words and thoughts express our own identity and it is useless to try ‘to inject’ our preferences or compassion like a vitamin. But what can we do then if we are taking the side with the diverse crowd that strives for humanity?

Here: from time to time when I stretch in my Yoga pose, take my Kettle Bell class, run my favorite treadmills, cycle on my bike , put on my red boxing gloves, teach my workshops -I continue meditating on the preciousness of human life. I resist nobody but the hate and the ugliness of impulses, regardless of nationality, religion, status, age, sexual orientation or cultural background.