Meet Your Hosts
National Center of Voice and Speech Vocologist, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Speech Science, DMA Research Internship, Indiana University, Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, E-RYT 200
Heather Lyle is a dedicated educator and forever student who is excited to share her expertise all over the world. She is just back from Hong Kong where she taught Vocal Yoga® at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing arts and Singapore where she presented two workshops at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. January 2017 was spent in India where she taught an amazing workshop for twenty eight people combining her work with Catherine Fitzmaurice, the creator of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. This past summer and summer 2016 and 2015 Lyle spent at the National Center of Voice and Speech in Salt Lake City, Utah where she studied with renown voice-scientist Ingo Titze. She graduated the program this past July and is proud to of received her certification in Vocology, a new field combining speech therapy with singing technique and voice science. Summer 2015 was spent at the New York University Medical Center studying the latest findings in voice science with Swedish voice scientist Dr. Johann Sundberg and Dr. Brian Gill. 2014 Lyle spent five weeks in Pondicherry and Kolkata, India where she worked for the educational division of the American Idol owned TV show "Indian Idol" creating vocal pedagogy for the new schools that opened across the country. This past summer she presented her Vocal Yoga Method® at The Voice Foundation's annual Symposium. Then she was off to Hong Kong to be a key presenter in a voice conference at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and then to La Salle University in Singapore to present a workshop at The Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
B.A. Ethnomusicology and Religious Studies, M.A. Buddhist Studies, M.A. Psychology of Religion,
Time Techniques Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner. Life Coach and NLP Certification, Vocal Yoga Certification. Galen Ayers is a musician, writer, and activist
Galen's training as a therapist has been unconventional—as has been most of her upbringing. Daughter of the British maverick musician Kevin Ayers, she has lived a life steeped in creative expression, travel and music. Her global experience has developed into a complex understanding and respect for how we frame and tell our stories.
The unique methods she has created empower the autonomic nervous system to support oneself in any public performance, whether it’s singing, dancing, acting, public speaking or leadership and business negotiations.Her work includes composing, recording and releasing two albums, writing for online magazines, including the Huffington Post, and helping philanthropic groups worldwide. She has collaborated with Centrepoint on behalf of homeless people, worked with and for Rwandan women as part of the organization Everything Is a Benefit, in addition to promoting its powerful documentary Rape as a Weapon of War. In support of the environment, she has worked with National Geographic and served as ambassador for the environmental charities People and Environment Awards and Friends of the Earth.
Galen combines the latest research in Positive psychology, Vocal Yoga, Buddhist Meditations, Logotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy and Narrative Therapy to guide integrative group sessions, which help the body and mind make the most of the Tune-In retreat Vocal Yoga sessions. This will be achieved by helping you remove limiting beliefs, focusing your goals and strengthening your breathing awareness and your mindfulness. With Galen you will explore academic and intuitive methods which will inspire, rejuvenate and arm you with a toolkit of empowerment techniques for everyday life and your performances.
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Elena Von Dönhof
We are delighted that this year our beloved friend and excellent Yoga Teacher Elena Von Donhoff will be joining us to teach both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Welcome to the family Elena.
Elena von Dönhoff is an internationally recognized journalist, humanitarian and yogi. As a child of Swedish diplomats she grew up living around the world. Her yoga journey started in 1992, while studying history at Oxford University. Inspired by reading about Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga practice in Hollywood, Elena became the youngest member of the only class she could find - an older adults practice taught by the wife of a professor. While living in London, she studied Ashtanga and Iyengar with Cat de Rham. Marriage led her to Chile, Dublin and South Africa. Throughout this period, she wrote a doctoral thesis about the Mapuche medicine men, began producing television reports and worked for a German NGO. She also became the mother of 4 children. In 2007 Elena did a teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa style yoga in South Africa, a teacher training in Kundalini Yoga with Pritam Kaur Khalsa and Guru Dharam in 2009 and a Yin Yoga teacher training with Biff Mitthoefer. Elena has also studied with renown teachers Shiva Rea, Seane Corne, Sharon Gannon & David Life and Gurmukh. For many years, she ran a yoga studio blending her practice with philosophy and chanting.
Elena now lives in Stockholm with her kids, dogs and horses, hosts monthly kirtan circles and produces reports for Swedish Television. Her latest piece is an interview with family members and representatives of jailed Saudi human rights activists Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahani and Walleed who received the alternative Nobel prize - the Right Livelihood Award, for their visionary efforts to reform Saudi Arabia’s totalitarian political system. Her mission is to inspire those of us living in the West to never take our freedom for granted or forget how lucky we are.