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The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Teacher Certification

Heather Lyle | Published on 5/23/2022


The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Level I Teacher Certification

"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 being honored by The Voice Foundation this summer.

"I’ve never felt my rib cage open that fully, I sang the best I ever have last night! I love Vocal Yoga!"
Christopher Lemmings, International Opera Singer, The Royal Opera, Lead artist in “Alice in Wonderland” at The Los Angeles Opera.

"There is a clear connection between the science of yoga and the science of the voice. Heather Lyle has spent 40 years finding the connections and o
ffers it now in her incredible course."
- Terra Gold, yoga therapist

The Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Level I Teacher Certification
July 9 – 17, 2022 and August 14, 2022 ONLINE 10:00AM to 3:00PM PDT

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.

In this course you will learn the techniques from the book Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding. It is the first book of its kind synthesizing techniques from yoga, pranayama, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, The Bel Canto School of Singing, Sanskrit chanting, classical speech training, vocology and voice science, to unblock the breath and free the voice. Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing,Singing and Sounding contains 100 exercises that promote vocal freedom, resonance, and power, and help you uncover tension that might be hindering your voice and creative expression.

The book and teaching methods were well described 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.”

Covered in the course will be:

The nervous system and Polyvagal theory
Anatomy and physiology of breathing and singing
Anatomy and physiology of the vocal cords, jaw, tongue, hyoid bone
Vocal acoustics and physics of sound
Body alignment with yoga straps and Alexander Technique
Pranayama for breathing taught by a pranayama master
What is fascia and how does it connect all the organs and muscles of the body Therapeutic yoga asanas taught by a yoga master
30 yoga asanas to target the main myofascial layers of the body with therapeutic sounds
Resonance with tubes, straws and tuning forks
Range extension and airflow
Semi-occluded vocal tract exercises

Vocology exercises from voice scientists Ingo Titze, Johann Sundberg and Brian Gill
How to teach trauma informed voice yoga
Chakra tuning and special frequencies for healing

Special pitches for the female chakra system

Teachers for the Course:

Heather Lyle: 
NCVS Vocologist, B.M., M.M., F.V., E-RYT, C.Ht., Heather Lyle is a leading voice teachers in Los Angeles for singers, actors and public speakers. She received a Bachelor and Master Degrees in voice and completed doctoral voice research and a doctoral internship in historical vocal pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music under the tutelage of renown voice teacher and NATS president 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 a diploma in voice science attending renown European voice scientist Johan Sundberg’s voice science course at New York University. Heather Lyle is a proud Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, which changed her life. She is the author of Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding (New Leaf 2012), a contributor to The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing (Hal Leonard 2018) and a contributor to the VSR. In the US she has taught for University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, Arizona State University, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Mission College, Loyola Marymount Yoga Studies, Mount Saint Mary’s College. Internationally she has taught at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Loreto College, Indian Idol Academy and Probir Guha’s Alternate Living Theatre in Kolkata, India. Lyle is also a professional singer who has recorded for an NBC sound track inside the Great Pyramid, and has performed concerts in numerous other venues, including nightclubs in Paris, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Playboy Mansion. Highlights of her career have been performing on stage with Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, and Dee Dee Bridgewater and opening for Baba Ram Das at the Harmony Festival. She is a life long yogi trained by her father Auro Arindam since she was a child who was a sadhak at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India.

Terra Gold: 
M.A., L.Ac., YTRX, E-RYT500 Terra is co-author of the comprehensive yoga therapy medical book, titled Yoga Therapy and Integrative MedicineWhere 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). She is the director of the annual Yoga and the Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount. She has been featured in “LA Yoga Magazine” and in the widely acclaimed books, Yoga For Dummies, Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga, and The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses.

Jennie Morton: 
BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology After a career as a classical ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, theatre and TV actor, and lead singer of a big band, Jennie spent 10 years working as a clinician at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine in London (UK). She is now an Osteopath and performance coach specializing in the treatment of all performing artists based in Los Angeles. Her treatments are focused on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and integration into performance, and she is a specialist in laryngeal manual therapy for vocalists. Jennie is on the Board of Directors for the Dance Resource Center, Los Angeles (DRC), is a former Board Member and Membership Chair of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and Co- Chair of their 2016 and 2018 International Symposia. Jennie is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and The Effect On Health, The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Performance and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger.

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 HLVYM Vocal Yoga Instructor. She is the only Vocal Yoga teacher teaching a VY class for voice disorders and Parkinson’s Disease.

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.

Amanda Restivo BFA, ERYT-200 Trauma

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. Amanda has performed for crowds up to 7000 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. Amanda was a lead actor in the Cirque Productions national tour of the Broadway show with “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” and “Cirque Dreams Holidaze.” After two decades of performing she moved to Hong Kong and became an associate vocal instructor at 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.

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