Namaste and welcome!
This website is a place where ideas and information can be shared as we explore the fascinating relationship of Yoga to singing, the performing arts, and authentic communication in our everyday lives.
I acknowledge, with deep gratitude, my mentors and teachers who have been so helpful and important in my journey in Yoga: Dr Robert Butera, Kristen Butera, Larry Payne, PhD, the fine teachers at the YogaLife Institute, Denise Mihalik who has collaborated with me and provided invaluable research and expertise in the area of Yoga chanting, and all my students who continue to inspire and allow me to grow as a Yoga practitioner and teacher. I also wish to acknowledge my musical mentors who gave me a depth of knowledge and understanding about the singing voice and performing on the lyric stage, over the course of a 30-year career: Professor Richard Miller at Oberlin, Alan Montgomery, Judith Layng, Sam Sakarian, Michael Warren, William McIver, Benton Hess, Colin Graham, Dr Christopher Arneson... to name but a few.
YogaVoice, the application of Classical Yoga technology for the personal and professional needs of performing artists, public speakers, and anyone who wishes to improve their creative and communication skills, represents my life's work as an artist and as an educator. It is my passion to bring this information to as many people as possible because I am confident that it has benefits for all and, by extension, for the integrity of our culture. I am indebted to several colleagues who have supported my work from the beginning and who continue to do so by providing opportunities for me to share YogaVoice in various educational settings, notably Scott Hoerl, Laura Brooks Rice, and Dr James Jordan at Westminster Choir College.
Most importantly, however, I acknowledge those students and workshop participants who come to YogaVoice with open minds and eager hearts…those who intuit that there are deeper levels of Self that need to be expressed in their lives as artists. The enduring power of Yoga technology and its specific application to the artistry of communication is the "magic" that accomplishes these breakthroughs. I always feel honored to be present when a person uncovers his/her true voice... the YogaVoice.