聲音瑜珈 Weekly Voice Yoga sessions
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Voice Yoga is an integral approach to body & movement, breath, sound & silence. It is taught weekly in Taipei by Mark van Tongeren.
In Voice Yoga’s dynamic group process, students go beyond their own habits and expectations. Often, something larger than ourselves emerges: a flow of hidden creative potential. We work with all kinds of sounds without meaning, without emphasizing a beautiful voice. They help us to get beyond common subject-object and mind-body dualities, and bring our unconscious selves and irrational emotions to the surface. The group process becomes a mirror for the self and allows us to ‘see’ ourselves more clearly, to hear what’s living deep inside.
Designed and taught by Mark van Tongeren, a Dutch sound explorer with a deep interest in the synergy of arts, sciences and contemplative traditions. Mark has 25+ years of experience in theatre, music and dance productions and holds a PhD from Leiden University’s Academy of Creative of Performing Arts.
Voice Yoga consists of exercises that give pride of place to the voice as a central, creative force in our lives. Human existence depends in important ways on our speaking, listening, sounding and singing abilities. The 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, allows 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.
We usually start with silence, breath and body movements to turn away from our busy mind into the body and to the sensations we actually experience. We let the voice come out of a natural breath flow. We listen to and follow its natural resonances. We do not try to sing in an artful way, but to experience how body-mind-voice are intimately connected, and how voice and resonance can serve as a bridge to overcome the dualistic notion of body <> mind.
From then on, all kinds of styles and genres of vocalising and musicking may happen, some structured, some wild, some giving insight in your voice, some therapeutic. Exercises are based on yoga, musical and theatrical techniques, vipassana meditation and our innate love to play like children.
The idea behind Voice Yoga is 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 slowly become more and more familiar with your voice and its powers; 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.
In a Voice Yoga Review of 2014 you can read some more.
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.
The class is slowly transitioning to a Mandarin class, as Mark improves his skills. Expect some English too (and don’t mind too much about the talking anyway – the sounds will speak to you).
Every class lasts 2 hours. The price is 400 NT$ for a single class, and 1500 NT$ for four classes (375 NT$ per class). Student, 65+ and disadvantaged discount of 25% (300NT$/one class ; 1125 NT$/four classes).
You do not have to attend four classes in a row but like you to use up your credit in about two months, three months at most; we’ll just tick off your presence four times and then you can sign up again for four times.
HOW TO REGISTER
Feel free to join the Voice Yoga class any time. It is best to send a message on FB every time you want to come to the Voice Yoga Group, once you are a member (after your fist visit, usually).
You can also write to mark at fusica dot nl or send a text-message to 09 10 48 27 49.
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). Ring the bell, go up the stairs and take the elevator to 4F.
Nearest MRT: Technology Building (10 min. walk).