Aristotle described the voice in spiritual terms,
Voice is a kind of soul characteristic of what has soul in it; nothing that is without soul utters voice.”
Vocal Yoga Teacher Certification Program coming in Spring 2016: The Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga Method®
Location: Santa Monica, California.
Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga Method® Level 1 teacher certification program will be held in the Spring of 2016, for one week with one day off in the middle.
Teachers: Heather Lyle (Master Vocal Coach, Creator of “Vocal Yoga,” and Terra Gold (author, yoga therapist, acupuncturist and nutritionist).
$1200.00. Deposit of $250. There is a limited number of participants. Your deposit secures your spot. Click under Products on the main menu to find the link to the PayPal page.
Needed for course: yoga mat, zafu (meditation pillow) or bolster, pillow, 10 ft. yoga strap, a tuning fork and small crystal. (I have some of these things available to borrow for traveling students).
This certification is for voice and singing teachers, yoga teachers, movement specialists, music healers and sound healers, professional therapists, life coaches, actors, …
All certified teachers of Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga Method® will be listed on the Vocal Yoga Website with a link to their website.
Feel free to Click here to email me for an application information.
Learn to teach the techniques in the book “Vocal Yoga, The Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding” and new techniques that will be in “Vocal Yoga” book two!
The whole body sounds!
The voice is a mirror into the physical and mental health of the being.
BODY ARMOR The first part of Vocal Yoga is about releasing the primal voice, the authentic, free voice we all had as children that has become trapped in the web of tension life creates. Over the years body armor builds on the body as a protective mechanism, which inhibits our vocal expression. Once the voice is released it can be beautified with resonance techniques, but without the fully released voice we are only using a small part of our vocal expression and personal power.
The course will begin with the study of the central and autonomic nervous system and the unconscious protective mechanisms of the body. We will address body armoring and where the autonomic system holds tension and how this tension affects the breath and voice. With the use of Vocal Yoga designed theatre exercises, habitual holding patterns will be quickly identified and the student will learn to identify these areas of tension in themselves and others. With the use of Vocal Yoga yoga asanas, yoga strap physical therapy exercises, bioenergetics, massage and theatre exercises, he or she will be able to create a plan of remediation.
ALIGNMENT Alignment affects breathing. We will study proper body alignment and use Vocal Yoga strap exercises and asanas to correct any problems. We will study how the spine is also a support for the voice. Spinal awareness and well being is paramount for good voice use.
BREATHING We will then study the anatomy and physiology of breathing and learn how to undue unhealthy habitual breathing patterns to allow the body to find its natural, most healthy way of breathing. All of the muscles of respiration will be identified and the student will learn specially designed series of asanas that target all of the muscles used in respiration and extended voice use. Pranayamas will be used to open up the whole torso to breathing and identify any areas that restrict the breath.
SUPPORT AND VOCAL POWER We will then study the anatomy and physiology of support and identify the specific muscles to engage vocal power. We will also look at the different methods still being taught today and learn a system based on the anatomy and physiology of the voice preferred by voice scientists today.
AIRFLOW One of the differences between singing and speech is the need to develop airflow, what the Italians called, filar al suono ( to spin the sound). Range extension and airflow sounding exercises will be delved into. Ancient Indian kriyas and bandhas will be learned to raise the kundalini though the chakras and assist in airflow activation. The pitches used in yoga toning in India are the pitches best for men and do not achieve the same results in women. Vocal Yoga has created a series of complimentary pitches especially for women to open the chakras that the student will learn.
RESONANCE We will explore resonance with tubes, tuning forks and chanting. The definition of resonance is amplification of the range of audibility of any source of speech or singing sounds, by various couplings of the cavities of the mouth, nose, sinuses, larynx, pharynx, and upper thorax, and, by the skeletal structure of the body. We will discover how to couple your resonators to find your most beautiful sound and experience that the whole body sounds!!
TENSION We will uncover the tiny little places of the body that like to engage when we make sound and, if tense, will restrict your voice. As we change pitches, volume and intensity, certain muscles can grab the voice on its journey out of the body. We will go through all these places and learn a series of exercises to free each area.
TEACHING Finally, each person will have a chance to teach Vocal Yoga.
Heather Lyle has been a professional singer for thirty years and a yoga practitioner most of her life. When she completed her university studies in voice and began teaching, she realized that the process of transforming the voice was a yoga unto itself. The literal translation of yoga is union and vocal means having to do with the voice, therefore, vocal yoga means vocal union. The state of vocal union is the state that we all universally desire. Actors, singers and public speakers recognize the need for harmonious voices and often seek expertise in this area. Lyle believes that everyone can have a beautiful, resonant voice and has made it her personal quest to assist all in finding the voice that reflects his or her true nature.
Lyle began practicing yoga at age 14 years, influenced by her father, a sadhak at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India and one of the pioneers of Auroville. Lyle began to experiment with yoga and pranayama techniques for singing in her teens and studied South Indian Classical singing and opera in college. Lyle performed throughout the San Francisco Bay area singing her synthesis of yoga chanting and folk music, accompanying herself on guitar and other instruments, in the 70’s. She was often a featured performer at yoga and spiritual symposiums and opened for Baba Ram Dass at the “Harmony Festival” in California in 1973.
In 1991 Lyle officially developed her patented Vocal Yoga Method voice work and was the first to use the term Vocal Yoga. Vocal Yoga is a union of East meets West; ancient Asian and Indian breathing and voice techniques, combined with the best of Western voice methodologies. Vocal Yoga has developed from Lyle’s thirty years of singing experience and a synthesis of techniques from Hatha and Kriya Yoga, Chi Gong, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, The Bel Canto School of Singing, British Classical Voice Training, Roy Hart Extended Voice Work, Fitzmaurice Voicework, bioenergetics, mulitcultural sounding, Sanskrit chanting, and gospel and jazz improvisation. Lyle has explored practically every voice work in existence and integrated the jewels of each art form to assist the student in finding their true, most beautiful voice.
Our sound is our essence, it is pure it is perfect, it is unique. As far back as 500 BC, the Greek philosopher Pythagoras was experimenting with sound as a healing tool. According to Pythagoras, “Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.” We are each an individual sound and at the same time a part of a universal harmony. Our sound is capable of great subtlety and power. Softly it can soothe and calm. Fully released, our sound fills our mouth, our throat and opens into our body, spreading to our extremities. Every capillary and organ in our body can be filled with sound. Sound is not restrained by tubes or tubules, it can vibrate into the core of our cells and float through our cell walls free of restriction.
By analyzing one’s vocal sound, vocal scientists discovered that a single sound is composed of what is called a fundamental and a series of overtones that are heard simultaneously with the fundamental. A person with a beautiful resonance or ring in their voice contains more overtones in their voice, and a person with a dull sounding voice contains less vocal overtones. By learning to use the natural resonators of the voice we can all complete our vocal spectrum and use our voices to their fullest potential.
Unfortunately, most of us have become disconnected from our voice and do not know its unlimited possibilities. But, all is not lost as we can relearn the connection to the voice and pure vocal behavior most of us had as small children. Through Vocal Yoga work we can discover and fall in love with our own authentic voice all over again. Our beautiful, resonant voice has only been sleeping, waiting to be gently nudged awake.
Check out the Vocal Yoga Exercises page for some Vocal Yoga exercises. I recently found on another site a description of Vocal Yoga saying that it was just yoga asanas with sound. Vocal Yoga is so much more than that, the exercise page will give you a taste of my work. Join my facebook page for more exercises.
You are such a treasure my dear teacher. Late the other nite, past 8:30pm, I was up to read for a big Casting Director and I was pretty beat from the days rehearsal and driving to Burbank. Before entering I did my “NYC fancy acting school back stretch,” thumbs locked, leaned back until everything started shaking. Went in and blew them away, got a high score on everything all 5’s! thank you!
– Javier Estrella
actor and musician