Practice Series: Release Your Voice


The theme for this month's Practice Series is VOICE. Over the next five weeks, we'll explore our creative voice, cultivate self-expression, and hone the ability to mindfully speak our truth.  

In our everyday lives, we sometimes keep a sound barrier around ourselves—swallowing or choking back certain aspects of our experience and interaction with the world. (Ever get shoulder/neck/jaw tightness? That can come with clamping down and trying to control your voice.)

This week we’re starting small in our voice exploration, practicing vocalizing in a primal way, letting sound and vibration move through your body without worrying about words. It’s designed to help you both feel and free your voice—and notice what comes up in the process.

Ideally, you’ll want to do this practice in a place where you feel comfortable making a little noise. But you can also tailor this to your surroundings, sticking with steps #1 and #2 for now and skipping the rest if you’re in a public place.


  1. Drop awareness down into your body and feel your breath moving in and out for a few breaths. Relax your jaw. 
  2. Take a deep inhale in through your nose, then open your mouth and let out a sigh. Allow it to be an audible sigh, with a sense of release. Repeat a few more times. Notice how it feels.
  3. If you’re in a place where you can keep going, try out another sound: a louder sigh, a groan, a giggle. Again, how does it feel?  
  4. Ready to go a little deeper? Try tapping into a more fierce primal sound: a howl. Yes, it’s normal to feel a little silly here. Though it can also be fun and freeing!

How did it feel to give voice in this way? Uncomfortable? Silly? Cathartic? Feel free to voice a word or phrase in the comments below.

Photo by Marina del Castell on Flickr (CC BY 2.0

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Anna Befort


Anna Befort is a magazine editor, freelance writer, yoga teacher, and avid tree climber who’s proud to hail from Midwest farm stock. Co-founder of Invoke Magazine, she’s inspired by creative grassroots collaborations and the ability of her black lab Samira to fully inhabit the joyfulness of each moment. She tries to use her grammatical superpowers only for good, and she loves sharing women’s stories and wisdom at


'Practice Series: Release Your Voice' have 5 comments

  1. June 1, 2015 @ 11:12 am Amanda

    I sounded very wounded when I let out a howl..then I laughed ..and then I cried. (I beat on a drum to help me connect a little deeper) Thank you ladies!


    • Anna Befort

      June 1, 2015 @ 11:41 am Anna Befort

      I love your comment, Amanda. Thanks for sharing your laughter and vulnerability!


    • June 1, 2015 @ 1:14 pm Wendy

      Amanda, drumming always helps me go deeper. Nice word image of your practice.


  2. June 1, 2015 @ 1:19 pm Wendy

    Love this practice. Recently discovered that the wolf is one of my power animals, so the howling was great. Actually climbed onto the oversized boulder along the shore of the lake I was at last week and howled into the wind, so…perhaps I felt your practice coming. That really felt great, as did howling in my living room just now.


    • Anna Befort

      June 1, 2015 @ 2:26 pm Anna Befort

      Thank you for sharing your experience of tapping into your primal feminine fierceness. 


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