SINGERS & MUSICIANS
“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”
Since yoga as we know it was brought to West during the 20th century, it is no wonder why many artists have followed suit.
One of the most enthousiast advocates of this practice was the great violonist and conductor, Yehudi Menuhin. A personal student of the late B.K.S. Iyengar, he credited the postures (asanas), the breathing exercices (pranayama) and the meditation, not only with giving him a better understanding of his body and mind, but with enabling him to grow as a musician in ways that he would never have expected – with clarity, and ease.
After intensively studying classical piano for 10 years, from 4 to 14, at the Rachmaninov Conservatory in Paris, then with Jean Ullern, I turned to classical singing, completing my 2nd and 3rd cycles at the Bobigny Conservatory, before heading to the Rueil Malmaison Conservatory for my Post Graduate studies.
I seek to bring together these two passions by providing professional musicians with a practice specifically designed for their highly demanding artistic and professional lifestyle.
Each session is based on:
– the rigorous synchronisation of breath and movement to cultivate attention, silence, ease and stamina
– a very specific attention to alignment within each posture to gradually strengthen the muscles and the joints and improve posture and body awareness
– pranayama (breathing) and meditation techniques to learn to still the mind, manage stress and stagefright, and enhance creativity.
Classes for singers might feature a special emphasis on diaphragm release and standing postures to improve stamina and breath support.
According to their needs, some musicians might benefit from working on balancing postures to develop stability and help ground themselves.
Others might need a more therapeutic approach to strengthen the deeper muscles or modify the postures in the event of any injury/tendinitis…
Indeed, while there are a lot of techniques popular with singers and musicians alike, yoga is such a complete form of practice that it is a perfect complement for musicians.
The possibilities are endless, really, and I feel confident that the practice we create for ourselves can truly help us grow as artists, in wonderful and unexpected ways, as we create a safe place for us to come back to in good and bad times.