Her history as technical swim coach through the 1980's (NCCP Senior Level 3), & BCPRA Fitness Leader & Personal Trainer, helped her find her unique niche as a vocal "technique" specialist and performance coach in the early 1990's, before her graduation recital from the Capilano University Jazz Studies in Vocal Performance Degree program in 1996.
Gentle Hatha yoga and Pranayama have been a part of her vocal teaching since day one, but it was during her 240 hour yoga teacher training that she recognized that yoga technique and vocal technique are one in the same, and so she married these two paths in a class and weekend retreat format.
Her Yoga-sing Class is a natural extension from the Adult Summer Singing Camp she launched with her partner Jeremy Vallance in 2015. Each morning Sandi would spend 45 minutes helping participants relax and open their bodies with yoga asana and pranayama before embarking on the more traditional vocal warm ups and singing exercises. Many participants expressed how much they LOVED that part of the singing camp and asked Sandi if she would consider offering a yoga-singing class throughout the year. Thus, the Yoga-sing Class was born!
Sandi began practicing yoga herself in 1981 as a highly competitive teenage swimmer. Relaxation and rejuvenation, deep connection to Self 3 main draws to the discipline for her. As yoga's popularity increased and classes became "packed" and competitive/fitness in nature, she found herself feeling disappointed and repelled from the emerging and popular "styles".
Missing the "old days" of small classes in big spaces with lots of room for personal space between mats, she had no intention of becoming a teacher, but took her initial training to educate herself so she could practice at home.
When launching Yoga-sing it was important to find a space that was large, warm and inviting. Beauty and AMAZING acoustics were paramount, and lots of room for each participant to find a personal and have private experience. The Labyrinth Room at St. Paul's in Vancouver, the W. Vancouver United Church gym, and Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island all meet this criteria.
ONLINE CLASSES: have turned out to perfectly support Yoga-sing explorers with an added sense of privacy! Sandi creates a sense of singing with other by using her "looper" (a tool she uses with her choirs to help create a feeling of other people singing in your home with you!)
You might want to check out 3 other complimentary classes Sandi is teaching online Tuesdays - Fridays; TENSEGRITY REPAIR SERIES, BONE HEALTH & YIN + MEDITATION.
Sandi is 80 hours away from attaining her C-IAYT so has COMPLETED specialized training for Back Care Yoga, Yoga for Writsts & Shoulders, Yoga for Knees & Hips, Restorative Yoga, Healthy Aging and Chair Yoga, Yoga for Trauma & Mental Health, Inversions & Backbends, Yin Yoga Yoga, Tensegrity & Fascia, Vayus & Alignment, Brain on Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy as well as PILATES MAT.
DROP IN ANYTIME, or register for an upcoming 6 - 8 week Yoga-sing Series (online during Covid), or our annual Spring and Fall retreats at the BEAUTIFUL Stowel Lake Farm on SALT SPRING ISLAND!
RETREAT space is limited - to save your spot register now: www.yoga-sing.com
NOTE: Every new "series" changes and is created to encompass the needs and interests (requests) of the students. This allows ongoing students to continue from series to series and receive a comprehensive learning over the long term.
*Discounts are given for purchase of multiple series.
*Subscriptions available for ongoing students (maximum discount).