Teacher Certification Program
The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Teacher Certification Program Level I, will be held again July 22 – 30, 2023.
The voice is a reflection of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. HL
Hi everyone, I am excited to announce that my patented The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® will be offered for the 10th time in July 2023 and the cost is $2149. We do make payment plans so feel free to ask about them.
Joining us along with the incomparable yoga therapist Terra Gold and osteopath Jennie Morton will be pranayama and yoga nidra teacher Surendra Mehta, speech language pathologist Melanie Dorn, voice teacher and for the first time yoga trauma specialist Amanda Restivo.
We are committed to giving you the best learning experience that we can. We are also committed in providing individual attention to each participant to make sure he/she is advancing successfully and feeling supported in the program. We are continually fine-tuning the materials, so that we can offer the thoughtfulness, care, and support that’s required to assist everyone in becoming a safe and skillful practitioner and teacher. At the end of the course each student will receive a certification to teach the methods learned and will become part of the Vocal Yoga family. We have free continued education sessions throughout the year and I make myself personally available to answer questions on the work and how to start classes. I can’t wait for the training to begin!
This certification is for voice and singing teachers, yoga teachers, movement specialists, music healers and sound healers, professional therapists, life coaches, actors, public speakers and anyone who wants to learn a new groundbreaking method to free, train and heal the voice.
Heather Lyle has been a singer since the age of three and a yoga practitioner since the age of 14. Lyle’s father was a yoga teacher and a devotee at the Sri Aurobindo ashram in India who inspired her to develop a yoga practice. It was inevitable that her two favorite things would intersect. While doing yoga poses Lyle played with singing and making sounds. Astonishingly she felt her voice sound richer and fuller and her breath felt like it would go on forever. She also felt her whole body vibrate with sound and felt that she could direct the sound into different parts of her body; the sounds she made actually changed her body. While Lyle was pursuing an opera career as a young adult she contracted non-hodgins lymphoma, becoming seriously sick for a number of years. Singing actually saved her life as one day she tried to sing and nothing came out of her mouth. She could speak, but she could not sing. An x-ray revealed that there was a tumor pressing on her recurrent laryngeal nerve, the nerve that innervates the vocal cords. If she hadn’t been a singer, she would have died in a few weeks, as the tumor in her chest was close to cutting off the major aorta to her heart and collapsing her windpipe. After surviving treatment, Lyle discovered that she had partial paralysis to one of her vocal cords, which led her to experiment with methods to rehabilitate it and regain her overall health. She returned to college and received a Bachelors in music and a Masters in vocal performance and speech pathology, graduating from both with honors. She went on to study vocal pedagogy, vocology and voice science. She then received her yoga teacher certification, studied yoga therapy and became certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework® a leading voice work for actors today. As she dove deeper into yoga, yoga philosophy and the ancient texts of yoga, she discovered that yoga is indeed a science and many of its methods can be combined and even boosted with techniques of sound. This led Lyle to experiment with finding the best sounds to open the body and she found that many exercises used in speech therapy work brilliantly with yoga asanas. Thus the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® was born. The method is a combination of both voice work and somatic sound healing. In these methods, we explore stretching in different yoga poses while making loud calling sounds until a “golden tone” is emitted. The “golden tone” can best be described as a tone replete with all of the fullness and richness the human voice is capable of creating, along with a myriad of overtones. As we twist or stretch into different poses and sound, the voice starts to release. While performing these exercises, a surprised look often crosses the face of the yogi because they hear a new glorious voice being revealed. Where has this voice been? It’s been collecting dust under the layers of tension and stress that naturally form throughout one’s life. Our body engages and releases muscles 24 hours a day so that they may protect or defend us. This is an unconscious practice of our sympathetic nervous system. The contraction of muscles can create holding patterns in the body until we carry a layer of armor that can hinder vocal expression. Once body armor is released and the “golden tone” is uncovered, the voice can be directed into different parts of the body, as well as towards more subtle energy centers such as the nadis and chakras. The “golden tone” becomes the most perfect Om and is able to relieve pain and promote healing.
The methods learned will be from the bestselling book: Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding and techniques coming in the upcoming book: Vocal Yoga II, The Asanas. I am very excited to write that The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® has now been recognized by the Speech and Singing community as a viable method for vocal health, healing and training. My book and teaching methods were mentioned in The National Association of Teachers of Singing’s academic journal in an article in the May/June 2017 issue, Volume 73, No. 5, pp. 511–518: Vocal Yoga: Applying Yoga Principles in Voice Therapy by Adam Lloyd, Bari Hoffman-Ruddy, Erin Silverman, and Jeffrey L. Lehman. “Heather Lyle incorporates voice pedagogy, yoga postures and principles, directed breathing exercises, and voice science in her work, Vocal Yoga: The Joy of Breathing, Singing, and Sounding. Lyle’s work focuses on respiratory exercises for speech and singing, and also provides examples of speech and singing exercises to achieve a balanced voice production. She incorporates aspects of other popular body alignment techniques and programs in her work including Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, and Tai Chi, among others.”
Needed for the course: a yoga mat, a 10 foot yoga strap, two blocks, a tuning fork in C# (136.1 hertz) and a small crystal. (I have some of these things available to borrow for traveling students.)
Covered in the course will be:
Anatomy and physiology of breathing and singing
Vocal acoustics and physics of sound
Body alignment with yoga straps
Asanas and pranayama for breathing
30 yoga asanas to target the main myofascial layers of the body
Myofascial massage release exercises
Resonance with tubes, straws and tuning forks
Semi-occluded vocal tract exercises
Vocology exercises from voice scientists Ingo Titze, Johann Sundberg and Brian Gill
Yoga Kriyas to raise Kundalini
All certified teachers of The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® will be listed on the Vocal Yoga Website with a link to their website.
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Voice science meets the science of yoga!
SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOP
The class will meet from 10:00AM to 3:00PM PST, which is 1:00PM to 6:00PM EST and 6:00PM – 11:00pm or 7:00PM -12:00PM time in the EU.
This is the planned schedule. It may waiver a bit as we get into the work.
Morning Session: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM with osteopath Jennie Morton. We begin with the study of the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous system and the unconscious protective mechanisms of the body. We will address body armoring, the specific muscles of fight or flight and how they affect the breath and voice. We will learn about Polyvagal Theory and how trauma can affect the voice, looking at the body as a whole and discussing where possible holding patterns can develop. Using HLVYM® designed theatre exercises, students will learn how to identify these tension-filled areas in themselves and others. Introduction to the fascia of the body and the idea of the body as a web will also be covered.
Afternoon Session: ALIGNMENT AND HEAD AND NECK: Study of proper body alignment for the voice using Vocal Yoga yoga strap exercises, Alexander technique, spinal awareness, Brueggers, cross body syndrome, sensing the body, spine walking and state of readiness. Next will be an exploration of the best positions for allowing the breath to drop. We will then address stress patterns and tension release incorporating stretches and myofascial massage.
Morning Session: THE VOCAL CORDS: Melanie Dorn, Speech Language Pathologist, will present her slide show on the anatomy and physiology of the Vocal Cords. She will explain phonation, voice disorders and the way to maintain healthy voice use. Melanie will also share how she has uses HLVYM with Parkinsons’ patients. Vocology semi-occluded vocal tract exercises will be explored to stretch the vocal cords the safest way.
Afternoon Session: BREATHING: We will study the anatomy and physiology of breathing (diaphragmatic and costal) 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. Pranayama, Bel Canto and medical respiratory strengthening exercises will be used to open up the whole torso to breathing and identify any areas that restrict the breath. We will also study historical breathing methods as well as popular breathing techniques used today like Wim Hof breathing and Holiotrophic breathing.
ASANAS for breathing: The student will learn specially designed asanas that target all of the muscles used in respiration and extended voice use.
Morning Session: PRANAYAMA: Learn the ancient art of pranayama from a pranayama master. The study of nitric oxide through nose breathing, the prana mudras and nadis and chakras.
Afternoon Session: MYOFASCIAL WEB AND ANATOMY TRAINS: The study of how myofascial tissue courses through the body in different lines or trains and how each anatomy train affects the voice. Explore asanas with sound that open the anatomy trains and thereby open the voice. How does each modification of a different part of the body affect the voice.
Morning Session: SUPPORT AND VOCAL POWER: We will then study the anatomy and physiology of support and identify the specific muscles to engage vocal power. Asanas will be used to connect the voice to the core and stabilize vibrato. Primal sounding and wailing will be used to release the voice. We will also look at the different methods of support still being taught today and learn a system based on the anatomy and physiology of the voice preferred by voice scientists today.
Afternoon Session: TRAUMA: How to teach trauma informed yoga. ASANAS: Floor and Twists with sound.
Off to process material
Morning Session: 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 release exercises to free each part.
Afternoon Session: RESONANCE: We will explore resonance with tubes, tuning forks, straws and more. 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. With the use of tuning fork exercises, straw exercises, tube exercises, resonant voice speech therapy exercises, vocalizes and yoga toning we will explore each resonant area of the body and learn to identify areas that are dormant to sound and how to awaken them. We will discover how to experience the whole body sounding!
Morning Session: MORE RESONANCE AND CHAKRA TUNING: Seed sounds for each chakra and how to use tuning forks to activate the chakras and release blocked parts of the body. Frequencies that are now deemed the best for sound healing. A set of notes more suitable for the female voice for chakra activation than the commonly used pitches.
Afternoon Session: 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. Physic based airflow voice exercises to ancient Indian kriyas will be learned to raise the kundalini though the nadis and assist in airflow activation.
Morning: PHYSICS OF SOUND AND ACOUSTICS OF THE VOICE: How to teach a therapeutic voice lessons. Vocology exercises from voice scientists Ingo Titze, Johann Sundberg and Brian Gill.
Afternoon: TEACHING: How to create a Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® sequence for a class. Practice teaching.
Morning and Afternoon: TEACHING: Practice teaching and get feedback from teachers.
FINAL WRAP This is an extra one day class a month later where we come together and share our experiences of teaching the work. Questions and answers and finally, each person will have a chance to teach The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method®. You may focus on what ever aspect best fits your passion. The purpose of teaching is to see if you can articulate what you have learned and put it into practice for yourself or others.
Also there is a final teaching project, which will be a written and or video project.
Heather Lyle: NCVS Vocologist, B.M., M.M., F.V., E-RYT, C.Ht., Heather Lyle is considered one of the leading voice teachers in Los Angeles for singers, actors, public speakers. She is a dedicated educator who received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in voice, specializing in singing, diction and speech science graduating summa cum laude. A winner of the prestigious California University Sally Casanova Doctoral Scholarship, Lyle completed doctoral voice research and a doctoral internship in vocal pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music under the tutelage of renown voice teacher Paul Kiesgen. Lyle furthered her education by receiving a diploma in Vocology attending Dr. Ingo Titze’s course in voice science and habilitation at The National Center of Voice and Speech. She also completed renown European voice scientist Johan Sundberg’s voice science course at NYU. Heather Lyle is also a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has taught in the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification Program numerous times. Fitzmaurice Voicework is one of the leading voice works for actors today, taught at Harvard, Juilliard and professional acting conservatories.
Lyle has taught singing, vocal technique for actors and public speakers and The Heather Vocal Yoga Method® for Arizona State College, the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts, Santa Monica College, LA Mission College, the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Mount Saint Mary’s College, Loyola Marymount’s Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program, Studio 5 in New York, Seydways Acting Studio in Hollywood, numerous other acting schools, and the private sector. Internationally she has taught for “Indian Idol Academy,” The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Loreto College and Probir Guha’s acclaimed “Alternative Living Theatre.” Lyle is the founder of the patented The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method®, a somatic voice work synthesizing techniques from Yoga, Pranayama, Alexander Technique, Physical Therapy, Roy Hart, the Bel Canto School of Singing, Qi Gong, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, circle singing and voice science to free the voice. Lyle began her practice of yoga at age 14 through the influence of her father, yoga teacher Auro Arindam. She has been a life long student of Integral Yoga and a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Terra Gold, DiplOM, L.Ac., C-IAYT, E-RYT500 Terra is the co-author of the comprehensive yoga therapy medical book, entitled Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, released in early 2015 that highlights the uses of yoga therapy within specific medical fields. She is a licensed acupuncturist, a clinically trained nutritionist, a certified yoga therapist, and has an allied professional degree in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). Terra has integrated all of these modalities into her work with private clientele for 20 years. Terra has also been the director of the annual Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Yoga and the Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount that she co-created 11 years ago. Terra was recently featured in a wellness episode on Fox News, in “LA Yoga Magazine,” in “Santa Barbara Magazine” and in the widely acclaimed books, Yoga For Dummies, Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga, and The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses. Terra is also a Bhakti Kirtan Musician with a self-released album entitled, “Sun and Moon.” She loves travel, all forms of art, music and nature, and greatly enjoys being a mom to her 7 year old son, River.
Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology Jennie began her career as a classical Ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, performing in London’s West End for many years. She was also the lead singer of a top UK Big Band performing across, jazz, swing, rock, and pop genres. She is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of all performing artists, and worked at The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Clinic in London (UK) for 10 years. Her treatments are focused on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and integration into performance, and she is a specialist in laryngeal manual therapy for vocalists. Now living in Los Angeles, she provides treatment for performing artists, and also offers performance coaching for singers, actors, instrumentalists, and dancers. She is an adjunct professor at Chapman University where she works with the dance, music, and voice students, and is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School. She is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), an international organization dedicated to the health and wellbeing of performing artists, and the Dance Resource Center (DRC), an LA-based service organization providing support and resources for the dance community.
Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of healthy practice in the performing arts, and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, teachers, and medical professionals. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London, for which she compiled the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Injury syllabus, and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. Published articles include “Voice and Dance Technique Integration for Musical Theatre – Triple Threat or Double Trouble?” (VASTA Voice and Speech Review Journal), “Osteopathy In The Arts” (The Osteopath journal),“The Hazards of the Musical Theatre Workplace” and “The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre” (Medical Problems of Performing Artists) “Osteopathy For Singers” (iSing Magazine), as well as several others on injury management for dancers and musicians. Jennie is the founder of www.healthyperformers.com, and her book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health was published in May 2015.
Surendra Mehta MBA, C-IAYT, RYT-200 Surendra is a certified yoga therapist, and graduate of the Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Los Angeles, Yoga Therapy and Teachers Training programs. In addition he studied at the Indian Yoga Institute in India, and with teachers including Dr. Nagendra. Surendra studied Yoga Nidra at Bihar School of Yoga, and is a direct disciple of Yog Swami Ram Dev, known for his Pranayama teachings. Currently he is teaching for internationally known yoga teacher Dr. Larry Payne PhD in his Prime of Life Yoga® program in the Yoga Therapy and Yoga and the Healing Sciences at LMU and numerous yoga programs. He also conducts Pranayama and Yoga Nidra workshops for individuals, small groups and corporations. Surendra has been practicing Yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2001.
Melanie-Joy H Dorn MA CCC-SLP, RYT-200 Melanie Dorn is a Speech Language Pathologist and a Professor at The George Washington University’s Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department. She supervises graduate student clinicians in their rotation in Acquired Neurological Disorders and Fluency Disorders and teaches several undergraduate courses throughout the year — Foundations of Human Communication and Voice and Diction. Dorn is a certified LSVT/LOUD Clinician for Parkinson’s and a HLM Vocal Yoga Instructor. She is the only Vocal Yoga teacher teaching a VY class for voice disorders. Dorn is a member of The Parkinson’s Foundation National Capital Area. When she is not on her mountain bike or teaching yoga she enjoys presenting and conducting research focused on group therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Amanda Restivo BFA, ERYT-200
Amanda is a professional singer/dancer/actress, vocal instructor, Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® teacher and a trauma yoga specialist. She received her BA degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. Originally from Southern California, she has been featured in musical theatre, plays, television, and has spent the last 10 years performing all over the world. Amanda has performed for crowds of up to 7,000 people at the Wolf Trap outdoor amphitheater in Washington, D.C., Redlands Bowl in Southern California, and at The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California where she was selected to sing the National Anthem. In the summer of 2008, Cirque Productions debuted on Broadway with “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.” After a successful run, Amanda was cast to replace the original singer and composer of the musical and took over as the lead character of “Mother Nature” for the year long national tour. After a successful tour, Amanda was asked to reprise the role for a residency at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Amanda spent two and a half years working for Cirque Productions touring the country as the vocalist in “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy,” and “Cirque Dreams Holidaze.” Having spent over two decades as a professional performer, Amanda began training to become a vocal instructor. She moved overseas and was hired as an associate vocal instructor at one of the most prestigious voice and recording studios in Hong Kong. The studio of choice for Hong Kong’s pop, television, and movie stars. Her interest in yoga led her to become a certified yoga instructor, to study HLVYM and to become a trauma informed yoga teacher through Connected Warriors a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.
What is the prerequisites for the course? You must read Heather Lyle’s book, Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding and have some experience with yoga.
Are the sessions recorded? Yes, we will be recording all the sessions and you have lifetime access to the recordings.
How long is the course? It is four days on, one day off to process the material and then five days to finish.
Do I have to attend all the classes? You will want to attend all the classes as the teachers are amazing and it is really interesting. Nothing is pre-recorded so it is really nice to be in the virtual room with the teachers and have the opportunity to ask questions, but if you have to miss something you can discuss it with me.
Is this for singing teachers? The course is pretty much everything you need to know to be a holistic singing teacher as well as the intersection of yoga and singing. We show the teacher how to view the whole body as the singing instrument as well as incorporating the best vocology techniques Lyle has learned from Ingo Titze and Dr. Johan Sundberg. Voice therapy exercises are also incorporated in the work.
Who can take the course? The certification is for voice and singing teachers, yoga teachers, movement specialists, music healers, sound healers, professional therapists, life coaches, actors, public speakers and anyone who wants to learn a new groundbreaking method to free, train and heal the voice and body.
How do you incorporate the body? We begin by looking at the body as a whole and seeing where there are places in the body that are being held, limiting breath and vocal expression. First we look at the autonomic nervous system and see how it affects the body and then we look at the body as a large myofacial web and see where the web is locked or unnecessarily tightened, creating tension in the body that will affect the breath and voice. We use yoga poses, myofacial release exercises, physical therapy exercises and a myriad of things I have learned in my 40 years studying voice and yoga and movement for singers to free the voice. We also study the latest information on the larynx and vocal cords and some of the best, new voice science tips for better singing.
What type of yoga are we doing? The yoga we learn is a series of yoga asanas from Hatha yoga that I have adapted for voice work. Terra Gold is a yoga therapist and ERY-T 500 that teaches the yoga portion. She is one of the best yoga teachers I’ve ever known. We use each posture with primal voice use. When I do a class it is more like an Iyengar class with sound although I have a flow series that can be used as well.
What if I am not physically fit? There are also adaptations for people who are not physically fit and we address injuries. The purpose of the work is to free the voice, find its authentic power source and its best resonance, not do the best yoga pose you can.
What if I have an injury? We keep the class small enough so we can keep our eye on each student and we have adaptations from yoga therapy for people with injuries.
Have you presented at academic conferences? I’ve presented the HL Vocal Yoga Method® and Racking® for NATS, VASTA, The Voice Foundation and PAVA and they all loved it. I was set to present at the Australian VASTA Conference but it got canceled due to COVID.
Is this group or individual work? You can do the work in a class setting or in an individual lesson. The work is also fun and I have used it with people aged 12 to 80. Just before Covid hit I did a Vocal Yoga class for a high school choir conference and the teenagers had a blast.
Do I get a certification? You receive a certification in HLM Vocal Yoga® You are then listed on the Vocal Yoga website and are recognized as a certified teacher among the NATS, VASTA and PAVA communities.
Yes, yes it is all about the primal voice! If you don’t find the primal voice you have nothing to work with. Everyone should do Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga!
–Vladimir Chernov, world famous Russian baritone opera singer
I’ve never felt my ribcage open that fully! I love Vocal Yoga!
–Christopher Lemmings, International opera singer
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Hi Heather, I m Julia from Germany and interested in your vocal teacher Certification.
I can’t see what it costs.
Can you tell me please?
I m reading your vocal Yoga book at the moment and I m a singer for yoga classes too and vocal coach.
So, I d love to be part of your school.
Thank you for your feedback,
Your teacher training program has been a dream of mine for a while. I am delighted that you are offering this online as I’m UK based it makes it more accessible. My name is Marianne Samuels, I’m a voice teacher and recently qualified yoga teacher (spoken voice). I trained at Royal Central School of Speech and drama in London back in 2005. Vocal yoga is something I’ve been playing with for a while but I’d love to learn more. I love singing but I’m not a singer. Pitch has always been an interesting area for me and recently my chakra 5 has been out of balance with thyroid issues. I’d love to be a registered teacher in your methodology to bring it to my location in the UK. Would you have me enroll? Are there spaces left?