defining finding your center

As a brass player, I’ve heard the term “play in the center of the note” probably a million times. This refers to the sweet spot where the note is resonant, in tune, and not chipped (ugh). “Center” is also something commonly referred to in yoga when becoming present and tuning into oneself. Mentally, “Finding your center” is another way of saying that one is “in the zone,” or they have found a mental space in which they feel as though they become absorbed what they are doing. This state was given the term flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who portrayed it as a time of pure joy in which a person is so completely absorbed in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. So, let’s combine it all!

Finding Your Center is aiming for pure joy and success in performance and wellness, while using yoga to get you there.

The systemic practice of yoga may aid in developing good habits and body awareness, and helps musicians maintain proper posture, strengthen the wrists and hands, lengthen the spine, and remove stiffness in the shoulders. Additionally, yoga increases flexibility and strength, improves the function of the endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immune systems, as well as increases hand-eye coordination. Furthermore, yoga has been used as a promising intervention for performance anxiety in musicians. In uniting yoga and musicianship, Finding Your Center focuses on breathing exercises, physical poses, and mindfulness practices that all musicians will be able to use in a realistic setting such as prior to a performance, during a rehearsal, or as they practice.

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