Embodied Voice: Speech Clarity

This training introduces the process for developing breath, optimal posture, and speech clarity through Arthur Lessac’s kinesensic approach. You begin by developing awareness of sensation via the breath. You will explore behaviors that elicit optimal breath and establish postural alignment that best supports the breath and voice. You explore consonants using a musical metaphor upon this newly established foundation of vocal production. You will attune with the sensations and vibrations of the consonants of the English language. Once felt, you will carry these sensations into words and then sentences with the goal of sustaining quality sensation and vibration throughout the process. You will explore consonants through a range vocal dynamics that carry over into an awareness of how to identify what Lessac called “playable opportunities” so you can be clear in their speech, yet spontaneous and free in your vocal delivery. You can take this course on its own or with Embodied Voice: Concentrated and Dilute Vocal Resonance

This course is delivered through downloadable audio files and accompanying pdf handouts.

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Embodied Voice: Concentrated and Dilute Vocal Resonance

This training introduces the process for developing breath, optimal posture, and vocal warmth and resonance through Arthur Lessac’s kinesensic approach. You begin by developing awareness of sensation via the breath. You will explore behaviors that elicit optimal breath and establish postural alignment that best supports the breath and voice. You will develop awareness of vocal vibration through bone-conducted resonance in the bony surfaces of the mouth and skull. This attunement with vocal vibration will develop vocal richness and warmth that leads you to vocal strength without pushing or pain, as well as a fuller and more flexible pitch range. You will learn eleven dilute vowels of American English that create space in the mouth and free the jaw of tension. You will discover what Lessac calls the “tonal current” as a way of speaking such that concentrated and dilute vowels occur freely without losing vocal tone or clarity. You can take this course on its own or with Embodied Voice: Speech Clarity.

This course is delivered through downloadable audio files and accompanying pdf handouts.

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Gentle Yoga Fundamentals:  Core Conditioning and Awareness

This class leads students through the fundamentals of a hatha yoga asana (postures) practice. You will learn how to safely develop core strength at the front, sides, and back of the body. You will learn how to synchronize their breath and movement of the pelvic floor such that they develop strength and flexibility in this most critical layer of the deep core. Through three one-hour asana practices, you will move in a range of ways that keep the pelvis stable and safe while strengthening the core. This class is suitable for anyone new to yoga and wanting to learn how to get started, experienced in yoga and wanting to learn critical information on the core and safe stability, postnatal yoga students who have been cleared to begin a movement-modality by their OB/GYN or midwife, and students experiencing low back and/or sacroiliac joint pain. 

This class is delivered through three one-hour downloadable videos.

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Postnatal Yoga Supplementary Module

This class covers modifications necessary for the postnatal student to keep her safe as she recovers from the load and strain of carrying and delivering a baby (vaginally or via C-Section). You will learn about diastasis recti, how to determine the width between the two abdominal sheaths, and what practices will help it heal and which practices to avoid. You will learn about the pelvis and the pelvic floor and how to keep them safe and stable through an asana (postural) practice. This module is suitable for yoga students and yoga teachers alike.

This class is delivered through a one-hour downloadable video.

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Melissa Hurt

is a certified trainer of the Lessac kinesensic work and is a member of the Lessac Research and Training Institute®️(LRTI). Please refer to their website for more information about this approach to voice, speech, and movement at www.lessacinstitute.org. If you would like to discover this work more deeply, you may contact Melissa for a private online session via her website at www.melissahurt.com. You can also search for a certified trainer near you on the LRTI website.