Vocal Yoga Teachers

Vocal Yoga is Sound Healing!

We all carry with us at all times the ultimate sound healing tool, our voice! The whole body can fill with vibration from head to toe, giving the sounder the sensation that they are a Tibetan Healing Bowl. In a Vocal Yoga class you will learn how to be an instrument, how to be fully in healing vibration and how to let go of any blocks that have limited your resonance potential. Sound healing has become very popular, but without the inclusion of the voice you can only scratch the surface of your healing potential.

Did you know that your body’s entire well-being is reflected in your voice? Check out the Vocal Yoga Exercises page for some Vocal Yoga exercises.

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.”

US Vocal Yoga Center:

Heather Lyle: voice@vocalyoga.com 310 200-0506

European Vocal Yoga Centers:

Luna Maggioni: ltaly, Europe, Lunafausto@icloud.net

Cherie Lucas: Slovenia, Europe, cherielucas@hotmail.com

Asian Vocal Yoga Center:

Ludmilla Emelianova: India, Bali: lemelia96@gmail.com, Ludmi is a certified sound healer from Svaram Sound Experience in Auroville, India. She is also a certified yoga teacher and a singing teacher. She does group classes in India and Bali.

Philippines Vocal Yoga Center:

Ron and Joyce Titular RYT-200: are a husband and wife team based in the Philippines with over 20 years of experience in training people to improve their speaking voices. Ron is a broadcaster with over 30 years in the industry while Joyce is a beauty queen, former news presenter and TV host for the 700 Club Asia. Both are voice actors and extremely passionate about teaching the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method®. For online classes, contact them at brightspeaknow@gmail.com.”

Australia/New Zealand Vocal Yoga Centers:

Bruce Thompson: New Zealand, bruceclydethomson@gmail.com. Bruce is a Lessac certified teacher, an Estill teacher, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a Yin Yoga teacher and a speech and voice coach in New Zealand.  Bruce gives individual instruction as well as group classes.

Certified Vocal Yoga Teachers:

Associate Certified Level II Vocal Yoga Teachers

Nora Leonhardt, MFA, FV: New York,New York, noraleonhardt1@mac.com: 917 612-9749. Nora is an experienced Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method teacher who is taking individual students for voice training in NYC. She has an MFA from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is also trained in Linklater and Rodenberg. Nora teaches voice and speech, Fitzmaurice Voice work and the Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method for Pace University.

Asheida: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://asheida.com. Asheida is an experienced singing teacher as well as a Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® teacher. She gives individual instruction in singing and Vocal Yoga as well as group classes for all ages.

Bruce Thompson: New Zealand, bruceclydethomson@gmail.com. Bruce is a Lessac certified teacher, an Estill teacher, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a Yin Yoga teaacher as well as a speech and voice coach in New Zealand. He gives individual instruction as well as group classes.

Certified Level 1 Vocal Yoga Teacher Practitioners

Classes Available:

Terra Gold: Santa Barbara, CA, terrawellness.com, terrawellness@gmail.com. Terra is a yoga therapist, accupuncturist and nutritionist as well as a Vocal Yoga teacher.

Erika Ackerman: Los Angeles, lamovementsalon@gmail.com, www.themovementsalon.com. Erika is a Somatic therapist, teacher, actor, and singer who has worked with artists for over 3 decades. She has studied Pilates®, Lotte Berk Method® Watsu® and Gyrokinesis. She is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a certified teacher of Vocal Yoga® which strongly supports her coaching of singers. She became a Somatic Experiencing practitioner in 2017.  In order to help people embody their full potential, she works as a somatic therapist , voice and movement coach , audition and on-set coach, and offers private coaching, group classes, and workshops.

Linda Rose Linnebach: Laguna Hills, CA, Studio59@cox.net. Linda is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at California Baptist University, Riverside. She is a practitioner in M.D.H. Breathing Coordination®, Myofascial Release technique (MFR) for Neck, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (laryngeal massage), Vocal Yoga® and Movement for Singers.

Jenny Cho: Bloomington, Indiana, johenayoga@gmail.com, www.johena.com. Jenny is teaching Vocal Yoga classes in Bloomington. She has taught VY for Namm Yoga in Santa Monica and has served as an assistant to the creator, Heather Lyle.

Laura Bresee MA CCC-SLP, RYT-200, LSVT-LOUD: Memphis, Tenn., Memphis Speech Solutions LLC 901-524-0440 www.memphisspeech.com laura@memphisspeech.com Laura has a Masters degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is an LSVT-LOUD practioner for Parkinson’s patients and a yoga teacher. She is the owner of an executive speech coaching business. She incorporate holistic voice coaching methods when working with clients who experience intense public speaking fear, stuttering or speech disfluency, and voice concerns related to Parkinson’s Disease.

Dinah Snow: Colorado, www.dinahsnow.com, dinah@dinahsnow.com. Singing, speech and sound healing, Private and group sessions.

Surendra Metha MBA, C-IAYT, RYT-200: Diamond Bar, CA, yogateacherusa@gmail.com.  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 and in the HL Vocal Yoga Method® teacher certification.

Sudha Subbaraman: Boston, MA, Sudha teaches voice, chakra  and sound healing and is a Hindustani classical singer. sukuved@yahoo.com

Stacey Cabaj: Los Angeles, CA, Stacy teaches voice and is the head of the MFA acting program at Loyola Marymount. She is also a designated Linklater teacher. staceycabaj@gmail.com

Czarina Del Mar: Orange County, CA czardelmar@gmail.com. Czarina is a singing teacher, performer and recording artist in the OC.

Melanie Dorn, MA CCC-SLP, RYT-200: Washington D.C. area, melanie.dorn@verizon.net. Melanie Dorn is a Speech Language Pathologist and a Professor at The George Washington University’s Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department.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.

Kosa Tokovic: Brisbane, Australia, kosatokovic@gmail.com. Kosa is involved in ayervedic healing and is opening a clinic in Brisbane combining Vocal Yoga and healing.

Susan Schneiderman: Los Angeles, CA, sas12music@aol.com. Susan is a flute teacher and uses Vocal Yoga for breathing for flute. 

Lauren Berman: Phoenix, Arizona.  laurenrebeccaberman@gmail.com. Lauren has a DMA in voice and teaches singing and Vocal Yoga.

Niambi Sims: Venice, CA, niambiworld@gmail.com. Niambi is a excellent yoga teacher and vocal yoga teacher. 

Taryn Scudder: Eugene, Oregon,  taryne311@gmail.com. Taryn is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.

Muni Aranha: Pacific Palisades, CA,  herenow110@gmail.com

Tara Austin: West Los Angeles, CA,  screamindiva@gmail.com. Tara is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.

Frances Prelan: London, England,  fjprelan@gmail.com. Frances is a professional opera singer in London.

Tara King: Los Angeles, CA, Tara is a singing teacher and professional performer. tarajking@gmail.com

Ashley Crute: Seattle, WA, Ashley is a professional certified yoga teacher. acrute@gmail.com

Kendra Kingsburying: Kendra is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher and a certified yoga teacher. kingsburying@gmail.com

John Doyle, MD: Venice, CA, John is a medical doctor, Master Iyengar yoga teacher and vocalist who teaches at Vocal Yoga at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica. doylin@yahoo.com He has taught for the HL Vocal Yoga Method® teacher certifications.

Jenece Gerber: Buffalo, NY, jenece11@gmail.com. Jenece is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.

Duck Soon Walcutt: Garden Grove, CA, sunnysky1268@gmail.com. Duck Soon is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.

Rebecah Ziegler: Denver, CO, rebecahz@comcast.net. Rebecca is a Crano-Sacral specialist who uses Vocal Yoga in her work.

Erica DeLoach: Chicago, Illinois, ericadeloach@gmail.com. Erica is a certified yoga teacher and voice teacher.

Barbara Soares: New Milford, CT, bsoares105@sbcglobal.net Barbara is a wonderful singer and voice teacher. She is a master sound healer and does sound baths with her amazing array of gongs and healing instruments as well as teaching sound healing.

Maria V Johnston: Carbondale, Illinois, mariavj@siu.edu. Maria is a wonderful professional singer and voice teacher.

Korel Tunador: Los Angeles, CA, koreltunador@gmail.com. Korel is a voice teacher, a professional singer and musician. He tours with many bands as well as operates a private recording studio.

Brenda Varda: Los Angeles, CA, brendavarda@gmail.com, Brenda is a professional singer and voice teacher.

Vikki Gurdas: North Hollywood, CA, vikkigurdas@hotmail.com. Vikki is a professional singer and voice teacher.

Jennie Gold: Redondo Beach, CA, jgold1118@gmail.com Jennie Gold is an LA based musician and teacher. She is a classically trained singer with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and has worked extensively with multiple voice and speech techniques, including Linklater, Laban/Bartenieff, and Fitzmaurice. She fell in love with and became certified in Vocal Yoga to deepen her own practice, as well as help others find their own channel of authentic expression. Jennie keeps her sessions fun and unorthodox! She is just as likely to help you find resonance in surprising new places as she is to help you use it to scream swear words in a Scottish accent. Jennie creates a fun and safe environment where anyone can feel empowered by their true voice, whether they’ve been performing for years or are looking to integrate sounding back into their life. Check out her website MUSIC | Jennie Gold for more info!

David Johnson:  davidbjohnsonjr@gmail.com

Debbie Burns: debbburns@verizon.net

Beth Cyrus: christian.elizabeth.cyrus@gmail.com

Amanda Restivo: BFA, ERYT-200, Orange County, CA, amandarestivo24@aol.com
Amanda is a professional singer, vocal coach and yoga instructor. She has taught in LA and Hong Kong and for the HL Vocal Yoga Method® teacher certification. She received her BA degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. She spent over two decades as a professional performer, performing at the Wolf Trap outdoor amphitheater in Washington, D.C., Redlands Bowl in Southern California,The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California and for Cirque Productions where she sang as the lead on Broadway and toured the country for numerous productions.

Lucinda Holshue: Minneapolis, Minnesota, holsh001@umn.edu Lucinda Holshue is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. She teaches classes in voice production & text. She was a resident vocal coach at the Guthrie Theater for 14 seasons, working on more than 60 productions. She has coached at Jungle Theater, Park Square Theater, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Theater Latte Da, Penumbra, Walking Shadow, Arkansas Rep and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has worked with teachers from the Roy Hart Theater since 1990 & trained in their methodology at their center in France. She also takes inspiration from the work of Patsy Rodenberg and Cicely Berry. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Rachel Fulginiti: Los Angeles, CA, rfulginiti@gmail.com Rachel is a professional voice over artist. You have heard her voice on many audio books.

Marcy Willis: Los Angeles, CA, marcyvwillis@gmail.com

Angie Parmer: aparmer2@gmail.com

Arnae Batson: Los Angeles, CA, arnaelujah@yahoo.com Arnae is a song leader and has taught for Agape, Maggie Wheeler’s Golden Bridge Choir and more. She has her own choir in Los Angeles.

Daniel Johnson: Los Angeles, CA, danielharley2008@gmail.com

Dorothy Pincus, 300-(RYT) : Santa Monica, CA, Dorothy Pincus is a Registered Yoga Teacher 300-(RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Certified Vocal Yoga and Vocology in Practice vocal coach. She is a best-selling author and an experienced Health & Wellness Coach integrating new and ancient techniques into each session. www.dorothycpincus.com


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