Yoga for Musicians Class Schedule:
Fridays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST
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Beginning Chair Yoga for Musicians
Yoga for Musicians is designed for anyone who plays an instrument. No previous yoga experience is required! As musicians, we make the same repetitive movements and hold static postures that can lead to wear and tear on the body over time. Yoga for Musicians counteracts the repetitive movements we make and postures that we hold ourselves in.
In Yoga for Musicians classes, we gently stretch the fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and hips to release tension and tightness that we have from playing our instruments, increase strength and flexibility in areas that may have weakened due to lack of use or poor posture, move through sequences that are designed to bring us back into alignment, learn practical anatomy and apply it to playing an instrument, and explore ways to move with mindfulness and ease, the way our bodies are intended to move.
A consistent yoga practice can have many long-term benefits for musicians. We all know of amazing musicians who have had careers cut short due to injury. Yoga can reduce pain, prevent injury, and increase the length of your music career. It can also open up new pathways for creative expression and enhance ease and enjoyment in your playing.
Alexander Technique teaches you to notice and get rid of undesired habits, allowing day-to-day activities to become easier and more enjoyable. You can apply the principles to everything you do, including sitting, walking, working at a computer, and playing an instrument or a sport.
When applying the Alexander Technique to playing music, you learn to hold your instrument and move in ways that are more efficient and less taxing on your body. You get rid of interference patterns and release tensions that were holding you back from reaching your expressive potential. Musicians who study AT not only avoid injury and have less pain, but they also become better musicians.
Alexander Technique is gaining popularity in the field of music education and is part of the curriculum at The Julliard School of Music, the Boston Conservatory of Music, Loyola Marymount University, and the Boston Conservatory of Music. Many famous musicians have studied the Alexander Technique, including Julian Bream, Sting, and Paul McCartney.
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Amy Hite is a classical guitarist and holistic music educator living in Temecula, CA. She holds a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Fullerton, and is a certified Yoga and Alexander Technique teacher.
While in college, Amy developed severe carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome in both arms and hands. In order to avoid surgery, she started taking yoga classes and Alexander Technique lessons. Her body began healing from the inside-out. She was able to finish her Masters Degree and have an extensive performing and teaching career on the guitar without surgery.
Amy continued her journey by becoming certified to teach Yoga and Alexander Technique. She completed a 200-hour yoga training with her local yoga studio, HOME Yoga in Temecula, where she learned alignment-based yoga and mentored with a teacher specializing in gentle and restorative practices, and later completed an advanced 300-hour yoga training online with My Vinyasa Practice, through which she trained to teach effectively in an online group setting and to tailor sequences for specific needs. Amy studied Alexander Technique with the Contemporary Alexander School with a focus in teaching musicians. She completed two summer internships at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she had the opportunity to teach Alexander Technique to string players and pianists from all over the world. She believes in a holistic approach to musicianship and has designed a yoga program specifically for musicians that play instruments.
More information about Amy's music career can be found at www.AmyHiteGuitar.com .