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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 proprioceptive reorganization of functional anatomy. 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.

 

 

Certifications

RYT200 Vinyasa Yoga

Merge The Practice - Level 1

Buti Yoga: Advanced Buti, Primal Flow, Hot Buti, Deep, Sculpt, Bands, HotCore

American Red Cross: First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers

Reiki Master/Teacher

EFT and TFT Practitioner

 

Education

Arizona State University, DMA Viola Performance, (2020)

  • Mindfulness Leadership Certificate Course
  • NASM Prep Course
  • SKY Meditation Club

Indiana University, MM Viola Performance, 2017

  • Postural Alignment for Musicians
  • Stott Pilates IMP Certification Course

Indiana University, PD Solo Viola, 2016

University of Arizona, BM Viola Performance, 2011

  • Kyudo Club

 

Active Member of

American Viola Society

Arizona Music Educators Association

Complementary Therapists Accredited Association

National Association of Music Education

International Reiki Organization

Performing Arts Medicine Association

Yoga Alliance

 

Continuing Education + Additional Training

Breath is Life: Breathing and Meditation Course, The Life Awareness Project

Happiness Program, The Art of Living

Learning How To Learn: Powerful Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects, McMaster University & University of California San Diego

Positive Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Work Smarter Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity, University of California, Irvine