Lyle Povah is a musician, keynote speaker, drum circle facilitator, researcher and workshop leader, as well as a yoga teacher, with particular interest in the areas of health and community building. He recently returned from 2 years in China and Japan, leading various therapeutic music and drum circle programs, including corporate team building sessions with IBM China and Joy International. Across 5 of 7 continents, he has utilized drumming, rhythm, the voice, and movement to promote all aspects of wellness.
Lyle offers programs at conventions, retreats, hospitals, festivals, and correctional facilities. He presents at national and international conferences, works in health care centres, eating disorder and psychiatric wards, and with the underprivileged. He also leads yoga and drumming programs for women and men with Corrections Canada at medium and maximum security prisons.
Lyle and his company Drumming and Health has conducted groundbreaking research into the health benefits of drumming for eating disorder patients at St. Paul’s Hospital In-Patient Eating Disorders Program. He has also worked at British Columbia Children’s Hospital one day a week for 26 years, runs programs for Inspire Health Supportive Cancer Care, and the BC Cancer Society. Corporately, he works regularly with UBC’s Sauder School of Business and many other organizations, banks and universities.
Lyle recently led a drumming and rhythm session for 900 managers at Lululemon’s International Leadership Conference in Whistler, Canada, led the week long “Embody your Expansive Spirit – a Yoga and Drumming Retreat” in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and facilitated an event for TEDx Stanley Park with 2700 people at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Lyle has had the honour to have collaborated with 1st Nations groups (Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba and BC) such as the Dene, Stolo, and Katzie Nations.
Lyle regularly joins international teams of facilitators for week long teaching retreats with the Wellbeing Project based in Paris France http://wellbeing-project.org/ a global initiative that assists social change leaders and organizations to focus on inner wellness. Lyle offers Kundalini yoga and transformational drumming, with upcoming 2019 retreats in Austria and Sweden, and Spain in 2020.
Lyle is also an international marathon runner, recently running the Boston Marathon and the 80 kilometer ultramarathon called the Whistler 50. In the Summer of 2019, Drumming and Health will launch Drum Run, a running and drumming adventure tour that combines distance running from city to city throughout BC with healing Community Drum Circles in each of those communities on the tour, all to benefit local charities. http://www.drummingandhealth.com/drumrun/