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In undergrad I had my own experience with injury, developing tendonitis in my left shoulder as I prepared for my recital, concerto competitions, and grad school auditions. Through the practice of yoga I was able to feel better and get back to playing without any issues! That experience showed me the power of physical movement to aid healing and help avoid injury.

 

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 that I offered at Arizona State University, and teamed up with Brianne Borden (of Yoga for All Musicians) to help me co-create and lead it.

 

Aside from my overuse injury, I have struggled with anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, and a sleep disorder. Yoga, movement, and knowledge of functional anatomy has helped me through it all. I feel it is my life's purpose to share these tools, and help to normalize wellness issues as something we should meet with compassion.

 

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

Reiki Master/Teacher

EFT and TFT Practitioner

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

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

 

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

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine: Arts Educator (Instrumental Music), Performing Arts Medicine Association

Happiness Program, The Art of Living

Hypermobile Yogis Online Training, Adell Bridges and Celest Pereira

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