As a professional flautist I know just how important it is for musicians to look after their bodies and minds. To maintain the physical shape needed to be able to perform at the highest level for years, despite the grueling toll playing an instrument can take, is an aspect of musical training that is often neglected until problems or pain occur. Yoga is a great method for learning how to take care of the physical and mental aspects of our health. By using movement and breath together - an alliance already used by many of us daily in our playing – yoga can help regain flexibility, improve posture and alleviate pain, creating an ease of movement and awareness that can help us learn how to use our bodies in the most ergonomic way. Alongside these physical benefits, yoga also helps to improve focus and relieve stress - aspects that are equally as important in maintaining a healthy career.
I first discovered yoga in 2013 whilst I was studying and on the search for better flute playing posture. Since then I have delved deep into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and found that it has helped many aspects of my career and daily life in ways I never expected. I trained to be a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2019 in Rishikesh in India and continue to learn Ashtanga Yoga with my teacher in Cologne.
My classes and online resource have been designed to share what I have learnt with other musicians, with the understanding of exactly what we put our bodies and minds through in a career in music. I hope they can help you to take care of yourself.
Scroll down for more information and access to my online yoga resource for musicians, with videos featuring yoga poses, stretches and sequences especially made to help musicians.