Tone Stretch Test
This isn’t the yawn tech I talked about in the last post, but is something interesting I’ve been playing around with for a while. I’d like you to test it please, and report back in the comments section.
Ideally this would be tested by people who already have a yoga or stretching routine and could therefore see more clearly whether or not this helps, but I’m eager to hear back from anyone.
What I want you to do is visit this tone generator and enter a frequency of 172Hz, then press play. Sing along with that note, like this: “Ahhhhhhh”. Memorize the note, keep singing it, and turn off the tone generator.
Now, while continuing to sing the note, perform some stretches or poses.
The only question I want you to answer is: Does singing the note make poses or stretches easier?
For example, to touch my toes I ordinarily have to do several warm-up attempts first. However, while singing that note, I can go straight down in one motion.
Bizarrely, this also works while just imagining the note playing in my head, without me physically singing it. Give that a try, too.
The tone of 172Hz is matched roughly to the resonance frequency of my own voice, so other pitches might work better for you. To find your own voice’s resonance frequency is easy enough: it’s just the pitch of your normal speaking voice, minus any affectation you might have picked up such as a deep “tough guy” voice. (Side note: Speaking deeper than your natural voice tone actually makes your voice less powerful acoustically.) Just try a variety of tones and see if they help your stretches/poses. A good idea is just to pick a tone on instinct as these usually turn out to be correct.
Finally, go for a walk and sing a tone in your head. Does this improve posture and walking motion?
Let me know your results in the comments section below.