YogaSing workshops held at WCR Center for the Arts in Reading

Mar. 22—The WCR Center for the Arts in Reading and Berks Youth Chorus recently partnered to host YogaSing workshops for singers from the community of all ages.

The event allowed singers to explore their voices through yoga at the historic downtown arts venue, organizers said.

The workshops took place Sunday and were led by voice and yoga life coach Suzanne Jackson, a former resident artist on stage at the Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera for 25 years. She \teaches YogaSing to artists around the world.

"As we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are excited to partner with Berks Youth Chorus to provide this unique opportunity and quality educational programming to people of all ages," WCR President Jayme Rhoads said.

YogaSing combines the physical and spiritual freedom of yoga with vocal technique and training, organizers said. It helps singers of all ages expand their breath support, free their voices and decrease their mind-body stress. It demonstrates that every movement — physical and vocal alike — is rooted in breath, they said.

YogaSing helps singers build core strength and awareness, which improves breath management, helps provide more stamina and encourages ease of movement onstage, they said.

The workshops were possible through support from the Reading Musical Foundation and included students as young as third-graders all the way up to adults.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for the kids to work with a world class instructor and educate them on how to elevate their voices," Rhoads said.

"Yogasing, (the combination of yoga and singing), provides an experience which opens the body and brain to a new level of mastery accompanied by individual and group vibration," Jackson said.

The kids said the classes made them feel lighter, calmer, and even "tingly," she said.

"YogaSing was a delight for our singers," Berks Youth Chorus Executive Director Sam Barge said. "Our world presents so many distractions for kids, and this workshop encouraged the singers to venture beyond their comfort zones and be present in the moment."