In my senior year of undergrad I developed tendinitis in my left shoulder while preparing for grad school auditions and my recital. I knew that I wasn't stretching enough and so I wanted an exercise practice to help stretch and strengthen the shoulder muscles while recovering from injury. I had taken a hot yoga class before, and remembered how challenging and rewarding it was. After finding an article on Bikram yoga and all the potential benefits, I found a local studio and began practicing every day. Three weeks later all signs of the tendinitis were gone.
Since then, I have been very interested in the mind-body connection and has explored a variety of exercise, martial arts, and yogic practices. The idea that this could be beneficial for musicians, led me to create 'Movement for Musicians': originally a yoga-based project (rather than a specific practice) aimed to integrate foundational movement with anatomical body mapping. This evolved over time into a workshop series, now being offered at Arizona State University.
I use my knowledge of anatomy and physiology in my approach toward teaching both music and yoga, and strongly believe that awareness is the key to improvement in any area of life. I now use my combined knowledge of functional anatomy and yoga to help musicians find relief from injury and performance anxiety.
200hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance - Vinyasa
American Red Cross: First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers
Buti Yoga: Advanced Buti, Primal Flow, Hot Buti, Deep, Sculpt, Bands, HotCore
Merge The Practice - Level 1: Power Flow, Restorative Flow, Merge for Musicians
Stott Pilates IMP Training
Arizona State University, DMA Viola Performance, (2020)
Indiana University, MM Viola Performance, 2017
Indiana University, PD Solo Viola, 2016
University of Arizona, BM Viola Performance, 2011