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Yoga for Musicians with Outi Smith
Sat 1 April 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 BST
This two hour workshop is aimed at musicians of all levels and styles, whether you're an instrumentalist or a singer.
Prior experience of yoga is not required, only an open mind.
The workshop will be delivered in two parts, the first focusing on the physical element of yoga. We will look into particular asanas (postures) that target the problem areas of a musicians body, and promote better body awareness and ease of movement when playing our instruments.
The second half of the workshop introduces us to the spiritual side of yoga in the form of pranayama (breathing) techniques and meditation. We will learn how to focus and calm the mind and control the thoughts, helping us to concentrate in the practice or performance at hand and communicate better with our fellow musicians.
Playing and practising music requires the body and the mind to work together in harmony. A good musician practises their instrument daily, often hours at a time. As many instruments are rather one sided, and because the player's focus is on the music, the body can easily become imbalanced. This results in bad posture and tension in the muscles, tendons and joints, which over time could lead to overuse injuries.
Yoga is a fantastic way to create balance in the body and to become more aware of the posture whilst playing, making the body work more naturally and helping the music flow freely. Nobody wants their career to end because the body can't handle the physical act of playing any longer.
Music needs to breathe, just like the physical body does. Becoming aware of the breath and learning to breathe deeply into the body, fully utilising the lung capacity, helps us to play more smoothly and with feeling. Focusing on the breath will also focus and still the mind, which promotes better concentration and helps to control the nerves.
Better focus together with body awareness leads to better practise and allows us to dive deeper into the very heart and soul of music, helping us to become better musicians and realise our full potential.