2hr. Workshop Content:
- Sitting is the New Smoking
- The Psychology of Practice
- Neuro-biological Impact of the Practices
- Addressing Addiction and Post-Performance Depression
- Measured Breathing - Mindfulness
- Anatomical Considerations - Keeping it Safe
- Core Stability and Posture
- Postures/Sequences that address major issues of the drummer (or anyone who sits)
- Q & A
While the 4hr on-line program goes in to greater detail on all of these subjects, the Yoga4Drummers Clinic at your Drum Shop or Venue is a succinct, relevant and coherent download on some of it's highlights. During this 2 hr. presentation participants will come away with a solid 20-30 min. routine they can apply immediately to their drumming regiment to offset time at the kit; to mitigate shoulder, neck, wrist, low-back and hip pain, not to mention plantar fasciitis. Included in the clinic fee is a one-year subscription to Yoga4Drummers.com.
Discussions will be interspersed with playing at a kit, yoga demonstrations and guided practice. To Note: This program is not just for drummers - all musicians can benefit and all are welcome. (ie. guitarists, bassists and keyboardist - neck, shoulder, back pain, brachial nerve impingement etc.)
Much like brushing your teeth after a meal, the Yoga4D program is a preventive measure regardless of what you do or how you use your body at the kit. In addition to the obvious physical benefits of yoga and mindfulness, the practices can also help musicians that may have alcohol or other addiction problems.
Given Chris Cornell’s recent suicide, this information is more pertinent than ever for all musicians to be aware of. Years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness in prison and the juvenile justice system has shown me first hand how these practices can impact those with such challenges, not to mention help folks to avoid this path altogether.
These practices can also increase emotional resilience for those who face demanding touring and performance schedules. In addition to ensuring wellness on-the-road, yoga and mindfulness can help mitigate Post-performance Depression when returning home after long periods. The absence of the performance high can often lead to substance abuse. Regular mindfulness practice however, can reel in the highs and lows of the performance pendulum swing and create a stable internal middle ground.