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Tongue Yoga Intensive with Mary McDonald Klimek - ONLINE
Course ID: 1710
Date: 2022/02/05 to 2022/02/05 (YYYY/MM/DD) Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 am MST Cost: 55.00 CAD Language: English Prerequisites: Level 1 and 2 Courses
Instructors: Mary McDonald Klimek
Contact: Ron Long | | 7808875664
Course Location:
Edmonton AB

Tongue Yoga Intensive


Mary McDonald Klimek, MM, MS, Estill Mentor and Course Instructor

Founding Partner & Creative Consultant, Estill Voice International 

Mary built Tongue “Yoga” on an exercise from a performing colleague, Hazel O’Donnell. Hazel is named and honored here for inadvertently changing the course of Mary’s life by telling her to attend a course with Jo Estill in 1990. Decades later, when Mary was using this routine in clinic, a patient said it felt like yoga for the tongue. The name stuck. At the end of a 10-minute whirlwind Facebook Live demonstration of these exercises at the 2020 Estill Online Summit, Mary stated, “I could unpack this for another 3 hours!”  

We are giving her 2.  

Tongue Yoga draws upon several Estill Voice Training® elements: High Tongue, isolated control, “listening to muscles harder than the voice”, Effort monitoring, Relaxation Maneuvers, Attractor States, and Diction for Performers. At its root (pun intended), it is a very deep dive into what the tongue is up to as we speak and sing. Is it functioning in a way that enhances articulation and voice production? Or, is it getting in the way somehow?  

When is a round of Tongue Yoga recommended? What are its benefits? What are its risks? How can we get the most out of it – for ourselves, for our students?  

Bio Notes:

Mary McDonald Klimek has been a professional musician and singing voice teacher since the early 1970s, an Estill Voice Training® enthusiast since 1990, and a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1995. She currently lives in Maine, but much of her professional life was spent in Boston: teaching in area music schools and colleges; performing as soloist in recitals, operas and oratorios; and providing professional voice therapy for injured actors and singers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Since that first encounter with Jo Estill, Mary has been committed to promoting the art and science of the human voice. She is an Estill Mentor and Course Instructor, Founding Partner and Creative Consultant for Estill Voice International, and co-author and illustrator of The Estill Voice Model: Theory & Translation. 

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