Teaching music is exhausting.

Seriously.

Whether you’re standing on the podium for 10 minutes at a time, squeezing yourself through the ranks of stands while navigating a forest of clarinets trying to find which one is sharp, dancing in front of your choir as you’re trying to get them to sing, playing that fiddle part againĀ so the violins can mimic your sound, or you’re dancing around the classroom, squeezing under children’s arms…

It’s a physical game we’re playing here. And if we don’t take care of our bodies, we can get burned out, suffer over-use injuries, or end up just getting stressed out because we are sore and tired and we just can’t conduct ONE MORE BAR OH THANK GOD THE SONG IS ALMOST OVER.

[That was me conducting Mass this morning after riding my bike to school in 22-degrees…. *sigh*]

So it shouldn’t surprise you that one of the best things you can do for your body to make sure it continues to perform the tasks required of it is; YOGA.

Yoga has been proven time and time again to build strength and flexibility, prevent injury, perfect your posture, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown… pretty much everything you need to keep doing this for the next 30 years!

THIS POST alone lists 38 Health Benefits of regularly practicing yoga.

But here’s the problem…

We’re busy.

Like, really busy. Not-even-time-to-eat-a-sandwich-between-classes busy.

That’s why I created these two short yoga routines ANYONE can do. I keep you standing so you don’t need to have a mat or even be able to touch the floor.

And I know you’re probably like, “But Elisa! You teach music, not yoga!”

Oh contraire mon amies. I have been practicing yoga for more than 7 years now. I have been an award-winning triathlete, mountain biker, and trail runner for at least that long as well. I spent years working on my form to improve my function and so I humbly submit to you today these poses [or ‘moves’] that I use every morning, just to prepare myself for the challenges of teaching that lay ahead.

I do hope you’ll take advantage and give a couple of these a try. You’re even welcome to try them in your class, and share them with other music teachers you know that might be able to benefit from the stress-relieving, body-toning, life-enhancingness that yoga can provide when you practice it regularly.

 

 

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