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Yoga

Yoga

Recently, I started taking yoga classes on a weekly basis. I take a tween and teen yoga class called Yogi Blossoms on Fridays. I love going to yoga on Fridays because my school gets out at 1:40 and yoga starts at 3, so Friday is my day of tranquility. I’m kind of the underdog of my class because I can only kick up into headstand for about half a second and my feet can’t even stay on the wall in handstand. I also have the balance of a weak wooden shack in a tornado. I practice my yoga a lot, but apparently not enough. Despite my horrible balance, I work on my flexibility on an almost daily basis, and it’s really paying off. I can lift my leg above my head (almost) and I can touch my toes in a standing forward fold.
I’d have to say my favorite pose is either Wheel (Upward Bow), shoulder stand, or Plow. They are my favorites partly because I am really good at them and partly because they give my back an amazing stretch. I also like standing strong in Warrior II, howling at the moon in Upward Dog, and bending forward in Butterfly.
As a singer, a big part of yoga for me is the music I practice with. My personal favorite yoga tunes are Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House” and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I also love the authentic feel of practicing yoga to ancient Sanskrit melodies. My teacher also plays “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake sometimes, but as much as I love the song, the tempo is too fast for yoga.
I love doing Shivasana (corpse pose) at the end of yoga class. After hard work timing breathing with movement, it’s nice to chill and let go. During Shivasana, my teacher says these things called affirmations. The affirmations are pretty much statements that we repeat back to ourselves like, “I am loved,” “I am beautiful (the class is all girls),” or “I am worthy.”
Even though yoga can be hard and aggravating at times, it is the most relaxing activity on this planet. Between pranayama (breath work), asana (poses), stretching, and Shivasana, the feeling of fulfillment and pride in my abilities after yoga class is one of my favorite feelings in the world. That is why I never, ever give up on a pose in yoga. I love to feel proud of myself and I really want to become a flexible, balanced, and strong yogi one day.


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My Views On: Disney’s Frozen

My Views On: Disney’s Frozen

Can I just say that Frozen is the best movie in the history of the world? It just has every element of a fantastic movie and it went above and beyond my expectations. I just saw it last night and if you haven’t seen it, GO SEE IT. RIGHT. NOW. (Or, after you finish reading this blog post. Whatever works for your schedule). But the point is, catch it before it goes out of theaters. I guarantee it is worth your time.
The movie is basically about these two sisters named Ana and Elsa. Their parents are the king and queen of Arandelle, and they are the princesses of Arandelle. Elsa has a magic power to freeze solid anything she touches and to create snow and ice out of midair. Ana is just an ordinary person who trusts people too quickly. When they were little, Ana and Elsa were very close. They loved to build snowmen together indoors using Elsa’s powers. But as they got older, Elsa’s powers grew incredibly strong and she could not control them unless she wore gloves. One night, Ana and Elsa were playing in some snow Elsa had created. Elsa was creating more snow when she accidentally froze Ana’s head and Ana was almost killed. After that, their parents made Elsa stay in her room alone for the rest of her life. Even after her parents died, Elsa stayed in her room because her parents always told her, “Conceal. Don’t feel. Don’t let them know.” As one could imagine, Ana got very lonely because her playmate was locked in her room.
When Elsa’s coronation rolls around, the palace gates finally open and Ana is elated. She falls in love with Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, who proposes to her two hours after they met. Ana is so desperate for companionship that she agrees to get married. When they go tell Elsa about their engagement, Elsa is furious. She gets so mad that she unleashes her powers on innocent people and runs away. Little did Elsa know that she cursed Arandelle with a permanent winter. Ana knows that she has to solve the problem, so she sets off in search of her sister. Along the way, she meets the ice-delivery man, Christophe, his reindeer Sven, and the world’s most adorable creature, a talking snowman named Olaf. I cannot reveal any further details other than that because that would defeat the purpose of actually seeing the movie. Overall, Frozen is a heartfelt, hilarious, powerful, feminist, and musical animated adventure that is definitely worth seeing. Did I mention the music is out of this world?


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My picks for The Voice Season 6

My picks for The Voice Season 6!

Season 6 of NBC’s hit reality singing competition, The Voice, started off with a BANG! Every single artist that auditioned had amazing talent and I can see that each and every one of them will go far in their music careers. However, there were a few artists that particularly stood out to me during the Blinds.
1. Madilyn Paige: I always love the younger contestants. Is it just me, or do the younger ones always have a ton of talent? Madilyn Paige is 16 years old and lives in Provo, Utah. She did a hauntingly beautiful rendition of David Guetta’s catchy track “Titanium” for her blind audition and got Usher and Shakira to turn around. Both made good points, but ultimately, Madilyn chose Usher to be her coach since he played the Bieber card. She reminds me of an edgier version of Season 5’s Caroline Pennell, except with better vocal technique.
2. Christina Grimmie: I had heard of Christina Grimmie before the blind auditions. She is a YouTube star and she has almost 200,000 followers on Instagram. But I guess that wasn’t enough for the ambitious 19-year-old pop vocalist. She killed Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” for her audition and got all 4 superstar coaches to turn around for her and eventually went with Adam Levine, aka Cap’n 4-Chair Turn, as her coach. Even though she can undoubtedly belt out big, Aguilera-esque notes, she can also hit the notes that aren’t as big and she can hit them well, which really says something about her control.
3. Cary Laine: Cary grabbed me with her take on The Band Perry hit “Better Dig Two.” She is an edgy, raw vocalist who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, proclaiming herself to be a “to the core country artist” in front of R&B icon Usher. Cary also got a 4-chair turn, and turned the realm of country music upside down by going with Adam Levine, who offered her a seat in his infamous leather chair.
4. Melissa Jimenez: One of my personal Blind Audition highlights was hearing Melissa Jimenez nail the opening notes of Alicia Keys’s “If I Ain’t Got You” a capella (did I spell that right)? I am a fan of genuinely talented singers and a capella. Combine the two, and that’s Melissa in a nutshell. Other than that, her performance was still really good but it was the a capella opening that sold me on her. She went with Team Usher after having to choose between him and Shakira. I envision another a capella performance from Melissa in the Live Rounds.
5. Clarissa Serna: Clarissa was another 4-chair turn, but she broke the 4-chair mold by going with her “Latina soul sister,” Shakira. For her audition, she sang “Zombie” by The Cranberries (I have never heard of the song or the band before in my life). The coaches mentioned it was a 90’s song, and even though I personally am not one for 90’s tunes, I loved Clarissa. She is a strong female vocalist that will undeniably make it to at least the Live Playoffs.
6. Bria Kelly: When I heard Bria rasp through the first phrases of “Steamroller Blues,” I was blown away. I don’t usually like singers with raspy voices, but Bria is an exception. She is 17 years old, and believes she was born in the wrong generation. She grabbed me from the first note and I never stopped focusing intently on her intriguing vocal style (which is rare for me since I have focusing issues) and I put her down as a contender immediately.
7. Brothers Walker: Brothers Walker are quirky identical twins from an unheard of town in Missouri. They had me with their tight harmonies and I was PRAYING someone would turn around for them when at the last minute, Usher pressed his button. I don’t trust Usher, but I was thankful they made a team.
8. Alaska and Madi: Alaska and Madi are a best friend country duo from Tulsa, Oklahoma, which got a few choice words from Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. Predictably, they went with Blake. They have tight harmonies and their chemistry is visible onstage, which is a crucial characteristic of a duo.
9. Sisaundra Lewis: Sisaundra kind of reminds me of a combination of Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin and Donna Allen (also from Season 5) because I can tell she is wise and her vocals are dynamic and powerful. She surprised coaches and fans alike by choosing the “cute, charming, country son of a *****,” Blake Shelton.


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The Discovery of SongKick

Can I just say that songkick.com is a music-lover’s paradise? You can track all of your favorite artists, and it lets you know when an artist you love is performing at a venue near you. My dad told me about it, and I haven’t really gotten around to trying it until now. I honestly shouldn’t have waited because I missed concerts by Lorde, Danielle Bradbery, and Ellie Goulding, among others. The only con of SongKick? Jacquie Lee (who is pretty much the reason I live) isn’t on it!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (I know, #firstworldproblems, but Jacqattacks are brutally obsessive)! So, if you don’t want to miss any more Lorde concerts, go to SongKick.com right now. You can register with your Twitter or Facebook, so no more annoying password memorization. Plus, it’s free. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t sign up for Songkick. What’s that? You need to go to the bathroom? Okay, but after you go, sign up for Songkick!!!!!