Dr. Mark Wilkinson has led a joyful professional life unhindered by boundaries, combining the best of movement, science, the arts, and leadership into a career as a yoga teacher, actor/opera singer, fervent volunteer, and voice specialist. He has been seen and heard on stages and soundwaves throughout Canada as a baritone soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, voice-over artist, and national anthem singer. He has enjoyed contributing to the Ottawa-Gatineau community with all of the major artistic organizations and professional sports teams. Additionally, he was a busy yoga teacher at Elevate, Rama Lotus, and Upward Dog for many years. He owes a debt of gratitude to Mike Dynie and Mark Laham, his primary yoga mentors, for all of their generosity in their teachings. Dr. Mark received his doctoral degree in vocal health from The Ohio State University.
Workshop – A Primal Sound and the First Human Instrument
A public yoga class is a moving meditation carried on the breath of the students and the voice of the teacher. The gentle guidance of a teacher inspires every inhale, every exhale, and every powerfully soft movement of every individual in the space. Yoga is a humbling,
universal practice and yet even the most experience yogis finds themselves drawn to particular teachers. This connection/resonance is unavoidable.
In this rare workshop, Mark Wilkinson (known to most as “Dr. Mark”) shares his voice with hopeful yoga teachers who are looking to find theirs. Bringing together all the parts that make up the human voice – anatomy, physiology, psychology, emotion, speech, singing, acoustics, physics, communication, and others – Dr. Mark opens yogis’ hearts and minds to a topic too often forgotten in most yoga teacher trainings: the care and maintenance of a yoga teacher’s voice to ensure a long life of happy, healthy yoga-teaching.
This is a workshop not to be missed, given by a yoga teacher who happens to be a professional opera singer with a doctorate in vocal health. Yogis will leave feelings the vibrations of their voices and the deep resonance of their intentions as they share them effortlessly into the space on a free, ringing, articulate sound.