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Fall 2019 Movement for Musicians

"Movement for Musicians" is a new weekly workshop series beginning fall semester. In this12-week workshop series, you will learn how to have a deeper level of awareness and optimize your ability to perform through body mapping and movement. As musicians, many of you will experience pain from a repetitive stress injury, struggle with chronic pain, or have issues with performance anxiety. Tools that have been scientifically proven to reduce risk of repetitive stress injury, reduce pain, stress and anxiety, and improve overall health -are yoga, body awareness, meditation, and breath work.

The weekly classes will feature yoga, body mapping, merge (fascial therapy movement), deep (yoga-based proprioreceptive coordination), postural alignment, breath work, meditation, functional anatomy and tools to help with repetitive stress injury and performance anxiety.

Classes take place on Mondays begining Aug. 26, through Dec. 2, 2019, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. at the Nelson Fince Arts Center, Studio 122.  Instructors are Kim Hankins and Brianna Borden.

All workshops are for all levels and abilities. No experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring your own. The studio has a strict no shoe policy, so expect to be barefoot. You may want to wear comfortable clothes, have something to take notes, and bring a water bottle. Nearby visitor parking is available in Visitor Parking Lot 20 and Tenth Street Parking Garage.

Movement-musiciansKim Hankins, DMA Viola student at ASU and teaching assistant for Nancy Buck, is a RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, certified in a variety of Yoga and Fitness formats and specializes in Vinyasa, Buti Yoga, Merge for Musicians, and Yoga for Musicians. Her interest in the benefits of yoga (and other mind-body practices) for musicians, led her to create ‘Movement for Musicians’, originally a yoga-based project that aimed to integrate foundational movement with body mapping.

Brianne Borden, DMA candidate in Trumpet Performance and teaching assistant from 2016-2018, is an avid freelancer and private studio teacher within the Phoenix valley. As an ERYT-200 & YACEP certified yoga instructor, Brianne teaches and regularly leads trainings through CorePower Yoga. She has published multiple articles and created workshops on ways to incorporate yoga into a musician’s lifestyle in order to counteract repetitive motion injuries, battle performance anxiety, and live a healthier life.

These workshops are open to ASU students and faculty -and local non-ASU musicians!