This is yoga designed especially for the bodies of pianists!
Playing the piano in itself can be a relaxing and even meditative activity, however if we are in a stressful or anxious state when we come to the piano, those relaxing benefits are harder to achieve.
Playing piano is a physical activity! We need our bodies to feel limber & pain-free in order to play at our best and be our most creative!
Whether you’ve just started playing piano or you’ve been doing it for years, start looking after your body now and maximise the health & wellbeing benefits of your piano playing!
Integrate these routines into your practice sessions and enjoy accumulative benefits in the long term including greater range of movement, prevention of pain, improved posture & mental rest.
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Bexie's experience covers teaching all types of yogis. You're bound to learn something new in every class, as she'll help you find alignment and fine tune your experience in postures.
She is super skilled at meeting you where you're at in your practice. She loves to play and brings yoga to our local kindys and teaches classes at the Raglan yoga studio, The Space.
Off the mat, Bexie is a community-spirited greenie. She also enjoys cooking for friends and catching longboard waves.
500 hour Yoga Alliance RYT
200 hour Ashram Yoga NZ 2011
300 hour Shades of Yoga (Bali) 2015
Play Kids Yoga Teacher 2016
Bliss Baby Prenatal Yoga Teacher 2017
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Here’s what you get in the course:
- Instructions on how to get the most out of your yoga practice.
- x6 yoga routines to mix & match to your schedule.
- A 30-day prompt calendar to download.
- Journal printable for notes & exercises.
- Nighttime meditation script.
And just to layer on those meditative benefits...
SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER:
- Access to the 'Meditative Piano Playing' 1-hour workshop ($47 value) on September 24th
- Learn to play in the style of the songs from the Yoga for Pianists soundtrack!
- PLUS the replay video to watch again and again!
Here's how the course is structured:
- Each routine can be mixed & matched to your own specific schedule and what needs your body has each day.
- Follow the suggested 30-day plan (download your calendar!) and after the first month, repeat or move on to making your own schedule.
- Enjoy an original soundtrack while stretching, created by Ruth Power. The easy-flowing compositions include an inspiring mix of piano, rhodes, strings, synth pads, Tibetan singing bowls and percussion.
MINI-SEQUENCE FOR UPPER BODY 1 & 2
These are quick 5-8 minute sequences that you can go through anytime you are in a hurry to get playing the piano. Do a quick routine before and ideally, also after - your piano practice session.
5 minutes spent stretching out your upper torso can relieve muscle tension due to poor posture, stress, anxiety and injury. Over the long term these stretches will help to improve your posture when sitting.
MINI-SEQUENCE FOR LEGS & SPINE
Another quick 5-minute routine that focuses on the legs and spine. Perhaps surprisingly, the legs are a crucial part in playing piano. So it’s important to make sure our legs are ready for action and our spine is limber and free to extend to a full range of movement both forward, back and side to side - as well as maintaining an upright posture at our piano bench.
This 5-minute routine can be done for quick effect and can be perfectly paired with the Mini-sequence for Upper Body as a ten-minute yoga program for busy people.
To get the full effects of the Yoga for Pianist program, you’ll want to regularly delve into the longer routines too:
PIANO PREP ROUTINE
The Piano Prep floor routine is a 15-minute program especially designed to limber up the full body ready to play the piano for an extended amount of time. If you have a marathon session of 1 hour or more planned, this is your go-to preparation.
This 10-minute routine follows perfectly on from the Piano Prep. It works on strengthening the torso core responsible for stability and posture, as well as side stretches to release strain in the ribcage, underarms, legs & feet.
This 11-minute routine can be done after every practice session or after you’ve been sitting for a length of time at any part of the day: desk-bound, driving, sitting in a lecture or watching a film.
This routine is begun in an easy cross-legged pose and helps to wind down the body through various floor positions. It focuses on opening up the hips, stretching the lower & upper back and getting blood flowing back to the heart before final resting pose.
The story behind 'Yoga for Pianists'...
THE PROBLEM FOR PIANISTS
With the prevalence of sitting at a computer or watching TV, or having our heads in our handheld devices - humans are already in danger of neck craning and postural problems. From sedentary lifestyles to the influence of the colder seasons, everyone can suffer from stiffness, aches, strains and pains.
For pianists, unfortunately we can exacerbate those problems more if we don’t pay attention to our bodies. I’d had my fair share of strain & pain before I moved to Raglan about 5 years ago.
THE BIRTH OF AN IDEA
Raglan has black sand beaches with a high iron content that do a great job of ‘earthing’ or grounding your body to the natural world as you walk in bare feet. Many who come here consider it to be a place of healing.
As well as that, it’s the self-titled ‘Yoga Capital of New Zealand’.
It was here I began regularly doing yoga, going to the weekly ‘Gentle Yoga’ class with the instructor Bexie, to rehabilitate my shoulders, back and neck.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR BODY & MIND
If you don’t want to give up playing piano after a few years due to strain or pain, it’s important to put some good habits in place and look after your body!
I’ve been going to Yoga for a few years now and got talking to Bexie who co-owns The Space yoga in Raglan. Bexie helped me with my specific issues due to being a pianist and daily computer user and I’ve been much better for it.
It’s given me the tools to destress my mind & body before and sometimes after I play, so that I can have a great session and neutralise my body and avoid bad postural habits.
I now really miss yoga if I don’t do it for a few days to the point that I can’t imagine ever not doing it!
It’s given me the gift of longevity as a pianist which is a huge relief considering the thoughts I’d started to have about throwing it in, when the pain was at it’s worst.
THE RIGHT YOGA INSTRUCTOR
So I enlisted Bexie’s help to create a program specific to the needs of the pianist using some of the poses I’ve found most beneficial that targeted those problem areas. This program is called Yoga for Pianists!
Perfect for students to engage all parts of the body before sitting at the piano to ensure a full range of healthy movement, use post-practice to reset your body before continuing your day and use the maintenance routine to work on range of movement and dexterity.
These routines are the perfect preparation before a performance, particularly if you are nervous or tense at all. It relaxes not only the limbs and muscles of the body, but the nervous system: bringing calm to the breath and the mind.
Also a great resource for teachers who want to promote healthy playing with their students: Use a mini-sequence in the final minutes of your lesson to loosen up - or provide the prep, maintenance & recovery routines for students under exam or competition stress. Teach your students to relax their body before a performance!
This is incredibly beneficial to all pianists, no matter what your stage. This is a yoga & mindset program made especially for you!
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StartMini-sequence: Upper Body 1 [8 minutes] (8:18)
StartMini-sequence: Upper Body 2 [7 minutes] (6:55)
StartMini-sequence: Legs & Spine [6 minutes] (5:47)
StartPiano Prep [15 minutes] (15:32)
StartMaintenance [10 minutes] (10:13)
StartRecovery [11 minutes] (11:25)
StartNEW: Audio-only routines.