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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.

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.

Are You Ashamed of Your Belly Fat?

I consider myself to have a fairly strong core. Yet when I sit down, I still have belly fat showing. I wish I could say that I was completely above such matters as body image but it’s still a work in progress for me. And so it seems for today’s society as well. People are ashamed of their bellies hanging out. It’s the flat stomach that gets all the love. But this has some serious implications.

“Clean” Pain and “Dirty” Pain – Navigating the Sensations in a Yoga Class

The other day someone wrote me a really nice thank you message for the mini musicians’ yoga sessions I’ve been doing inside the Wellbeing for Musicians Facebook group. They said they’ve been really enjoying them but some of the exercises “hurt”. It’s not the first time someone’s brought up pain in relation to practicing yoga so I thought I’d shed some light on the topic.

The Only Place from Which You Can Ask For Help…

Have you had any experience with this? Sometimes you go about your day thinking “I feel fine, everything’s working as it should be.” But once you get onto your yoga mat… well, let’s just say it can be surprising how “so not fine” the body suddenly feels when you take it through a series of movements that don’t resemble sitting on your bum all day or holding an instrument.

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