When I was a kid, I used to spend nearly every afternoon at the music school. My life literally revolved around music, it was a place where I fit in and felt like I excelled at something that I loved. Fast forward into my late teens, I decided to pursue music as a career. And with that decision, lots of other things came up, self-pressure and back pain from hours spent practicing to name just a few.
It was not long after that, that I tried my first yoga class in an attempt to find a way to ease my back pain and, quite frankly, to get fit. What I didn’t expect was that I’d become a complete yoga addict for life. Not only was I able to feel good again in my body, but yoga was just about the only place where I could let go of all the pressures of being a music college student. Even just showing up to the class and doing my best felt like an accomplishment.
So it wasn’t surprising that after a few years of practicing yoga, I started to play around with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher myself to share the benefits of yoga with other people. It took a few more years, not to mention a hefty encouragement from a trusted yoga teacher friend, for me to finally take the leap and go study yoga in India in 2018.
And it was that very time in India where the real transformation took place for me. You see, I used to value yoga mainly for the obvious benefits – easing my back pain and making me feel good in my body. But having immersed myself in this training, it made me understand that the real value lies in the relationship that I have with myself. And it was also in India where the idea of merging my two worlds – music and yoga – came to me.
Ever since then I’ve been helping musicians avoid injury and burnout so that they can enjoy sustainable careers staying connected to their love of music as well as promoting a culture of wellbeing in the music industry.