Curated from The Bulletproof Musician – with Nicole Newman –
You’ve probably seen some articles in the last few years about how bad sitting in a chair is for you (unless you’re sitting in the Hawaii Chair of course, in which case I guess you’re ok?).
But whether it’s teaching from a piano bench (or in front of your laptop) all day long, double rehearsals, 6-hour operas, or even long drives to and from orchestra gigs, musicians’ lives can involve quite a bit of sitting.
So does that mean we should consider adding extensions to the legs on our pianos, so we can play while standing? Well, no – although a part of me would reeeeally love to see that (even though I’m not sure exactly what would happen with pedaling…)!
Despite it having been around forever, the popularity of yoga does seem to be trending upwards, and in recent years, I’ve been hearing more and more musicians specifically mention yoga as an important part of their musical lives – in warmups, practice, and before auditions or performances.
So this seemed like a good time to chat with someone who has immersed themself in both the music and yoga worlds, who can share some insights on how to bring the two together, and why one might want to.
Whether you’re a total yoga newb, or experienced yoga veteran, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s chat/demonstration!
Nicole Newman is a flutist-turned-yoga educator, curriculum developer, and educational consultant for the Colorado Symphony.
Given the visual nature of yoga, this will be a two-part episode. In Part 1 (audio), Nicole and I chat about some of the mental and performance-related benefits of yoga, and in Part 2 (video), you’ll see Nicole demonstrate specific exercises that she recommends for specific instrumentalists, as we’re joined by Met Opera percussionist Rob Knopper.
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If you have any follow-up questions, or are interested in workshops or personalized recommendations, you can send a note to Nicole via her website: Yoga for the Arts