14 January, 2021 / / / 10:15 - 12:15
What is Voice Yoga?
Voice Yoga consists of a series of exercises that gives pride of place to the voice as a central, creative force in our lives. Our existence depends in important ways on our speaking, listening and ‘sounding’ abilities. This class promotes awareness of the many roles of the voice in our daily lives. It expands our creative vocabulary, without necessarily talking about music, the singing voice or any musical style. The point is not so much to learn any specific new technique: we play with the voice in a lot of different ways and listen with fresh ears to the hidden potential of our voices.
In Voice Yoga, sound, silence and resonance become a mirror for the self. The sounds produced by ourselves, allow us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside us. In ever-growing cycles of creating and perceiving we learn about music and sound, about ourselves and about the environment.
Content of the classes
Exercises are based on yoga, musical – and theatrical techniques, vipassana meditation and our innate memories of playing like children – and become like them again. Some parts of the Voice Yoga exercises are comparable to yoga and tai-chi: the effect of the exercises is gradual. We believe that only with repeated classes you can really learn to connect the energies of voice & sound with the whole of your body and mind. You will begin to hear and feel things you did not hear and feel before. That’s why we suggest you to sign up for four classes a time after your trial class.
Your role as participant
It may be better to call the Voice Yoga events ‘sessions’ instead of ‘classes’: you are very much making the event, not so much in imitation of the teacher, but by sharing your own sounds and movements, or just by listening to and observing others. What a session will be like (quiet and reflective, noisy and wild, or both…) is very much determined by who are present. Your experience, whatever it is, is central. There is no predetermined goal. Like in a musical ‘jam session’, the outcome is unpredictable. We have no expectations of each other except allowing that part of you that wants to be heard to come out, and respecting each other’s contributions.
Voice Yoga is designed and taught by Mark van Tongeren, who brings with him 25 years of experience in working with sound, music and theatre in many different cultures.
In my Voice Yoga Review of 2014 you can read about some recent experiences:
For those seeking to enrich their voices, let off steam and unlock their hidden creative potential. For singers and those who are afraid to sing. For actors, musicians and other artists and professionals who work with sound. Perhaps more than anyone else, people who want to experience and learn about the therapeutical effects of sound seem to benefit from Voice Yoga.
Dates and time
Please go to the Calendar for current dates and times.
Every class lasts two hours. The price is 400 NT$ for a single class, and 1500 NT$ for four classes (375 NT$ per class). You do not have to attend four classes in a row, but we expect you to drop in a few times in a period of some two months. Then we’ll just tick off your presence each time and you can sign up again for four times. Students and others with limited financial resources can get a reduced price: just send a message.
How to register
Feel free to join the Voice Yoga class any time. It is best to send a message every time you want to come, then we prepare a place for you. Write to mark at fusica dot nl or send a text-message to 09 10 38 27 49. Or better still, connect on FB and join the FB Voica Yoga group – send a request to be added.
How to get there?
See the pictures below. Canjune Training Centre, 4th Floor, number 3 , Lane 151, Fuxing South Road, Section 2, (this is about 20 meters from the corner of FuXing South Road, go up the stairs to the hairdresser and take the elevator to 4F; if you’re very early the streetdoor may be closed). Nearest MRT: Technology Building (10 min. walk).