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For a long time, my main focus as a musician was to simply practice my instrument. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the other side of the coin – performance wellbeing and it’s been a game-changer! I’m fascinated by the different ways we can promote wellbeing and raise awareness about it in the music industry. It’s those things that inspire my blog posts.

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For a long time, my main focus as a musician was to simply practice my instrument. It wasn’t until later that I discovered the other side of the coin – performance wellbeing and it’s been a game-changer! I’m fascinated by the different ways we can promote wellbeing and raise awareness about it in the music industry. It’s those things that inspire my blog posts.

The Joys of Imposter Syndrome

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of teaching a Musicians’ Yoga workshop at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Yoga was a real revelation for me as a student, a total game-changer in fact, so I was really excited to be able to share some of the things I’ve learnt with students myself and perhaps even make it easier for them to understand what specific tools would help them as musicians and why (something that took me years to find out).

Should We Avoid All Suffering?

I don’t know about you but the start of work in September hit me like a truck. It went from pandemic - literally no work, to a very mild pandemic schedule, to the summer holiday, to pretty much business as usual. I feel like I’ve only just been able to find my feet juggling a full-time job with my passion for yoga and helping musicians.

4 Lessons from a Shoulder Injury

This past spring, I started to have this nagging pain in the front of my left shoulder. It started small at first. I thought, let’s wait and see if it goes away. It didn’t. In fact it only kept getting worse for several weeks until I finally decided to book a GP appointment to have it checked.

A Place Where You Can Just Let Go…

I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I got my current job in Birmingham. I was fresh out of college having had only two months between my final recital and the start of my job and frankly I just couldn’t believe my luck. Those two months between my finishing college and coming to England were perhaps the most blissful summer that I can remember. I was in for a rude awakening though.

Do You Feel Exhausted After Teaching?

I have a lot of respect for people whose work consists mainly of teaching music. It’s a very demanding type of work that requires lots of energy and concentration. When I used to teach at a music school, I’d be completely wiped out at the end of the working day. And sure, it got better as I gained more experience but I was still pretty tired.

My First Shoulder Injury

I haven’t really talked about this very much yet but this past Spring I had a shoulder injury. It was the first time in my life anything like that happened to me as well as the first time I had to stop playing for a while because of a physical limitation. But as much of a difficult process it’s been, I like to think there’ve been some silver linings.

Could Rest Be Productive?

If you’re like me, your natural tendency is to fill your day with all sorts of different tasks and try to be productive. It’s kind of the default routine for most people nowadays where we always try to do more. For me, managing this tendency is an ongoing practice.

How to Perform Better with Less Effort

Here’s how I used to approach performance preparation (especially when I was a student). I’d start practicing the pieces not paying very much attention to details. I’ve got all the time in the world, right? Or so it felt. I’d often get distracted when practicing, thinking about all sorts of other things as I did. But as the performance drew closer, I’d start to feel the pressure. I’d put more effort in, especially in the days before, trying to control the outcome. Sounds familiar?

Use Your Anxiety Management Superpowers

In yoga, they say that breath is the thread that connects your body to the mind. I love that statement. It’s kind of poetic. The old yogis may not have had research supporting this but breath is one of the only things you can use to indirectly control your heart rate helping you to regulate your stress response. A bit less poetic, right? But the science behind it is really cool.

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