A quick one to share here. It would have been even quicker to share if I hadn't had to google the spelling of buoyant! This is one of my favourite ways to enjoy the sensation of breathing and, remember, there's no point in talking about how to support your breath, unless you have breath in your lungs to support!
Some times breathing in before you sing, especially if you're feeling nervous, can feel tight and unnatural. As if you've forgotten how to do that easy thing you do perfectly all night long in your sleep.
There are a few ways to "remember what you already know" - my favourites are "meditation for singing breathing", "semi supine for singing" and "the leg lean."
The buoyant balloon is my favourite way to really loosen your breathing apparatus and give your lungs a nice big stretch.
And it's so easy.
Take a deep breath in, imagining that you are trying to make yourself so buoyant that you would float if you fell in water.
Imagine that you are filling up like a big balloon.
Enjoy the sensation of your ribs expanding.
Enjoy the sensation of your lungs filling.
Enjoy the sensation of your stomach expanding to make space for your lungs.
Imagine the base of the balloon is at the base of your stomach, or lower.
Enjoy how easy it is to sing after you've really filled your lungs.
Don't worry about whether your shoulders raise or if you want to use any gestures to help you. This is not how you'd breath during a gig or show. It is to give your lungs a lovely big stretch to remind them, and your body, how nice it is to