Yoga for Musicians
The Australian Yoga and Music Academy offers yoga classes specifically designed for musicians of all
ages, levels and instruments. These classes are taught by a qualified yoga instructor who is also a professional musician. Anna designs and delivers each class drawing on her own experiences of integrating a regular yoga practice into her career as a pianist.
Each class will offer the opportunity to gain more awareness of your breath, body, posture and mind and ultimately enable you to take this awareness into all aspects of your music making.
The life of a musician is usually very physically and mentally demanding filled with stressful deadlines, longs hours of practice and the pressure of public performance. Too often musicians are haunted by repeat injuries, pains and general physical fatigue that prevent them performing at their full potential. Many musicians, even when firmly established in a professional career, struggle with performance anxiety and are unable to express themselves with ease and freedom in any performance situation.
A regular yoga practice can help to maintain balance, perspective and physical health in every stage of your musical career. There was a reason that the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin considered his yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar “my best violin teacher” and practiced headstand for 20 minutes each day!
Classes at the Australian Yoga and Music Academy will offer practical techniques to increase strength, relieve tension and create healthy movement patterns to prevent or repair injuries. Each class will also focus particular attention on fine tuning your control and use of the breath to create a calm and focused mind in any performance situation.
How do I get started?
AYAMA offers the opportunity to arrange a yoga class for up to 3 people at a time of your choice! Special discounted rates are available for music students when purchasing classes in blocks of 5 or 10 sessions. Bookings can be made here.
"Since starting yoga with Anna I have had less performance anxiety, been able to connect my breath with my playing and have less muscle tightness and pain in my lower back. The classes leave me feeling relaxed and I've noticed that I always sleep well after each session. I would recommend yoga classes at AYAMA to musicians. The individual focus is hard to find at other classes and ensures that we are doing postures safely."
"I started yoga classes at AYAMA to build strength and stamina in my body, correct my posture, and learn techniques to cope better with nerves during public performances and exams. Since attending classes regularly I have noticed that I am more focussed in my piano practice, have better coordination and strength which in turn has improved my playing technique and I am able to cope in a more positive way with emotions and stress in my life."
"I was hesitant to start yoga as I had not really enjoyed it in the past however, I now look forward to my classes each week as they are basically the only time that I can just focus completely on myself. I like that in each class Anna gives us something new to focus on and to take into our music practice for the week. I definitely do not get as sore or tired when I practice or in general since starting yoga. I would recommend classes at AYAMA to other musicians because I think yoga compliments musical performance so well and can help bring out the best in our playing! Anna is a wonderful yoga teacher who makes yoga practice so relevant to life! "