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