Heather Lyle | Vocal Yoga Breathing Exercises

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Vocal Yoga Breathing Exercises

by Heather Lyle

Incorporating breathing exercises into daily life can greatly relieve the effects of stress on our body and mind, while restoring optimum health. Listen, relax and take conscious control of your breath. Based on the bestselling book, "Vocal Yoga."
Genre: Spoken Word: Educational
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1. Introduction
1:29 album only
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2. Why We Don't Breathe
3:12 album only
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3. Left Side of Ribcage Expansion
1:05 album only
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4. Right Side of Ribcage Expansion
0:56 album only
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5. Chest Expansion Exercises
0:37 album only
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6. Back Expansion Exercises
0:51 album only
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7. Relaxation Exercises
6:37 album only
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8. Four Part Breath Exercises
2:44 album only
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9. Panting to Feel Diaphragm
1:38 album only
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10. Counted Breathing
4:10 album only
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11. Puffs of Air Exhalation
3:41 album only
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12. Fixed Diaphragm Breathing
2:08 album only
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13. Back Breathing
1:28 album only
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14. Slow Hissing Exhalation
2:47 album only
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15. Breath of Fire
2:42 album only
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16. Catch Breath
1:44 album only
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17. Moving with Breath
3:09 album only
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18. Daily Breathing Awareness
1:41 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Welcome to Vocal Yoga. I hope you enjoy this CD. It begins with an explanation of why we don’t breathe followed by exercises for the ribcage, a short relaxation exercise and a series of breathing exercises. All of the breathing exercises will strengthen your lungs and relax your nervous system. According to the National Institute of Aging, pulmonary function measurement is an indicator of general health and vigor and can be used as a measurement of potential life span. So, doing breathing exercises can keep your lungs healthy and extend your life. If you have any questions regarding these exercises, email, vocalyoga@gmail.com or visit vocalyoga.com

Why don’t we breathe?
Human beings have the unique ability to consciously engage the central nervous system and breathe deeply or we can breathe letting the autonomic nervous system (involuntary nervous system) control our breathing, which is what we do most of the time. So why don’t we breathe deeply, regularly, if we have the ability to do so? The autonomic nervous system that controls our breathing most of the time is also responsible for the fight or flight mechanism. The fight or flight mechanism is a protective survival reflex of the body that reacts to pain, fear and threatening external stimuli very similar to the animal kingdom. Imagine a deer in the woods and suddenly, a lion lurks nearby. The deer will freeze, bracing every muscle in its body and hold its breath to go unnoticed by the lion. We do exactly the same thing. Holding our breath and bracing our body serves as our unconscious survival mechanism. Anyone who has ever sat behind the wheel of a car has experienced it in the muscles of our shoulders and neck as we grip the steering wheel to avoid potential threats.

Strong emotional stress can also cause breath holding and body bracing. The body can experience and react to an emotional trauma as extremely as it can to an actual physical trauma. Our survival instincts will armor our body from emotional pain, no differently than it might from physical pain. The autonomic nervous system believes that if we don’t breathe, we wont feel. As the stresses of life accumulate, shallow breathing can become the autonomic breath pattern of many people. But, since we can consciously engage our breath, we can reverse the affects of the fight or flight mechanism. By doing breathing exercises we can greatly reduce the effects of stress on our body and mind and restore ourselves to optimum health. Breathing exercises stimulate all of the vital organs in the body, increase circulation and calm the mind and nervous system. Put on this CD, relax and take conscious control of your breath!

Ribcage Expansion Exercise
Our lungs are housed within our ribcage. If our ribcage cannot expand then our lungs cannot completely open and our lungs may lose their elasticity. As we get older the muscles between our ribs can start to calcify, affecting the radius of expansion of our ribcage. So, doing exercises to keep the ribcage flexible can keep your lungs healthy and extend your life.

About the author:

Heather Lyle is considered one of the leading voice teachers in Los Angeles for singers, actors, public speakers and anyone who wants to expand their voice. She is a dedicated educator who received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in voice, from California State University, Northridge. She specialized in singing, diction and speech science graduating summa cum laude.
A winner of the prestigious California University Sally Casanova Doctoral Scholarship, Lyle completed advanced doctoral voice research and a doctoral internship at the renowned Indiana University School of Music under the tutelage of renown voice teacher Paul Kiesgen. Heather Lyle is also a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and teaches in the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification Program. Fitzmaurice Voicework® is one of the leading voice works for actors today, taught at Harvard, Juilliard and professional acting conservatories. Fitzmaurice Voicework® is also rapidly being discovered and embraced by singers and is a fabulous addition to traditional singing techniques.


Lyle is the founder of the patented Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method®, a voice work utilizing techniques from Yoga, Pranayama, Voice Science, Alexander Technique, the Bel Canto School of Singing, Qi Gong, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, fascia release work and somatic body work to free the voice. Vocal Yoga uses specialized yoga postures, yoga straps, tubes, tuning forks and somatic body work and sound healing exercises designed to unblock the breath and voice from parts of the body where it has been braced or blocked due to the emotional and physical stresses of life. When the body is free to breathe and released from encumbrances, the singer or actor will discover a new depth and expansion to his or her voice. The success of her Vocal Yoga book has given her the opportunity to teach people via Skype from China to India and she is now certifying teachers in her specialized work.

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