BONUS: Yoga Essentials for Musicians

Welcome to Yoga Essentials for Musicians!

I remember finding an old book about the violinist Yehudi Menuhin on my parents’ bookshelf when I was very young. Inside, there was a picture of Menuhin standing on his head, which I always found curious.

I didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out Menuhin was an avid practitioner of yoga, feeling that it contributed greatly to his music-making and practicing.

“It enables me to regulate my breathing, quieten my mind, and do certain exercises in stretching. Also I have been made aware of certain subconscious processes, of posture and balance, of the coordination of joints, and the use of the body to its fullest potential.”

-Yehudi Menuhin

Indeed, it’s said that he once presented his yoga teacher with a watch, with the message “To my best violin teacher,” inscribed on the back.

Whether it’s yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, or body mapping, I’ve come to appreciate these various body awareness modalities more and more as the years have passed, and I’ve learned about (and experienced) their various benefits.

So I’ve asked flutist-turned-yoga educator Nicole Newman to create a series of videos – a Yoga Essentials for Musicians, as it were – that I hope you’ll find helpful. Not just to get into a better physical state before, during, and after practicing, but to develop greater kinesthetic awareness and nuanced control that will transfer to performance as well.

Note: Always better to be safe than sorry – if you have an existing injury, are recovering from an injury, or are experiencing pain, check with a physician or qualified health practitioner before starting a new type of physical activity!

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons

There's an LIVE component too! (for educators)

If you’d like to explore some of the most essential skills and techniques in the course live, with a cohort of curious, thoughtful, supportive, and like-minded educators (and a few mildly irreverent or benevolently sarcastic folks mixed in to make sure we don’t get too serious), that’s also an option!

Starting Thursday, February 3rd, we’ll meet via Zoom once a week, and go through selected strategies related to effective practice, managing nerves, and achieving flow states under pressure. We’ll do some in-class playing experiments (don’t worry – you’ll be muted!), short weekly homework assignments, and small-group breakout sessions to help you integrate these new skills into your teaching.

This 6-week live course is normally $199, but is available at 50% off the regular cost when bundled with Beyond Practicing. For more details about the live course (and dates) CLICK HERE.