Piano-Yoga® Masterclasses With GéNIA in Monaco & Nice

August 8th, 2014 — 3:46pm

We are very pleased to announce that Piano-Yoga® will be heading to Cote d’Azur for the first time to host two masterclasses! The first will be held on 3rd September in Nice and the second on 4th in Monaco.

GéNIA will share her teaching on the topics of Efficient Practice with Piano-Yoga®; Combating Stage Fright with Piano-Yoga® and Musician’s Body Mapping that will help musicians to learn how to pinpoint their personal strengths and weaknesses (as well as those of their students) and work on those.

Click HERE for more information and to book tickets for the masterclass in Nice.

Click HERE for more information and to book tickets for the masterclass in Monaco.

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Lieben, student of GéNIA wins 1st Prize in Open Adult Recital at the Windsor Festival.

July 15th, 2014 — 5:24pm

GéNIA student Catherine Lieben won the 1st prize in the Open Adult Recital at the Windsor Festival. Congratulations Catherine! To find out more about the festival follow the link HERE.

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GéNIA releases video for Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’

July 1st, 2014 — 2:44pm

Piano-Yoga founder GéNIA has just released a small snippet from one her recent concert performing Claude Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’

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GéNIA Student Philip Balkan Wins Another CUP at Dulwich Piano Festivial

June 23rd, 2014 — 1:17pm
Philip With His Trophy

Philip With His Trophy

Following on from his win last month at the London Festival of Music, Drama & Dance, Philip Balkan has won first prize at this years Dulwich Piano Festival and was awarded the Raymond Banning Trophy. Congratulations Philip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student of GéNIA Philip Balkan wins CUP at the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance!

May 21st, 2014 — 9:51am

Philip with his trophy

 

Philip Balkan, a student of GéNIA, has won the  Mabel Floyd cup at the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. He has also won 1st prize for the Repertoire  class!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back Release Mini Series by GéNIA: 3 Minute Tension Release

May 13th, 2014 — 7:49am

After playing piano professionally for 30 years and teaching piano for the last 16, I have noticed that due to regular piano playing some people can experience similar physical and psychological problems. After observing students, colleagues and, of course, myself I have come to the conclusion that these problems can be alleviated if dealt with before they manifest.

There is a popular misconception that compared to the work of a dancer, a pianist’s work is mainly intellectually based. However pianists use the physical body as much as the mind – without both elements the expression of music would not be possible.

The most common physical problems for pianists are stiffness and pain in the shoulder girdle and lower back, stiffness and tension in the hips (mainly due to long hours of sitting), muscle fatigue in the hands, arms and right leg (due to pedaling), and a general feeling of blocked energy. As well as dealing with physical strain many pianists, especially those at a professional level, have to deal with the psychological stress of public performances.

Music students are expected and encouraged to practice a lot, some classical pianists practice up to eight hours a day. However, driven by the will to succeed they often ignore these issues continuing to practice and continuing to be deprived of the desired results because of the state of their physical and mental well-being.

After studying yoga for a number of years and then training to be a yoga teacher, I started implementing various yoga postures and exercises into the breaks between my piano playing sessions and found that the quality of my practice and my well-being improved tremendously.

The exercises outlined in Back Release Mini Series are designed to help pianists during and after their sessions by helping to rejuvenate and stretch the body, particularly working on the upper back. You can do each exercise individually between your piano practice sessions or do them together as a sequence.

Try to take notice and observe the way your body is feeling and choose the exercises that feel suitable for you. Also remember that all breathing during these exercises is done through your nose, with the mouth closed, unless you feel blocked and congested. In this blog I am introducing 3 Minute Tension Release:

 

3 Minute Tension Release

BENEFITS: Stretches the spine. Opens the hips. Warms up the upper body. Rejuvenates tired muscles. Restorative.

Props: Using a Grand Piano as a prop can be useful for stretching and releasing your back after a piano playing session. This exercise can also be done by placing your hands on a wall and then walking yourself backwards but is a little less effective. Recommended for adults only.

  • Place your feet parallel and hip width apart
  • Place your hands with your palms facing down on the lid of a grand piano (Do not do this with an upright as the height would not be appropriate).
  • Start slowly walking backwards while keeping your hands on the piano until you find yourself in an L-shaped position
  • Hold position for a few minutes and engage abdominal muscles by drawing them slightly inwards to support the back
  • To come out of the stretch, slowly start to walk towards the piano while keeping your palms pressed on the lid until you reach an upright position

 

Photographer: Pamela Troni
Model: Trudi Oliveiro
Photos: © Piano-Yoga Ltd

If you like to learn this exercise directly from GéNIA click HERE to book your place on the Piano-Yoga® retreat at King’s Place on 18th May in London.

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Back Release Mini Series by GéNIA: 3 Minute Shoulder Release

May 7th, 2014 — 11:44am


Back Release Mini Series by GéNIA: 3 Minute Shoulder Release

Very often I see musicians who suffer from shoulder pain, but instead of dealing with the issue, they ignore it, hoping that the pain will go away. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Instead the tension in the shoulders keeps building up and, if not dealt with correctly and in a timely manner, could affect many areas of the body: in the arms, which start experiencing tension that prevents musicians from playing freely; in the neck, by creating pain that in turn could lead to heightened blood pressure, ‘tired’ eyes and even double vision; and in the lower back, by creating extra stress in this area, (which supports the entire spine) and therefore destabilises the whole sitting or standing position of the player. These problems are common for all types of musicians: pianists, string players, wind players, percussionists and even singers.

However all these grim side-effects can be avoided if musicians start taking care of their body on a daily basis, treating these exercises like ‘maintenance work’. And knowing that no one has much time these days, I decided to introduce a short Blog ‘Back Release Exercise Mini Series’, that can change the way you feel about you body, open it up, release stress and tension and invigorate!

However, please note, if you are already suffering severely from tension in your upper back and shoulders, I recommend you see a specialist first – osteopath, back specialist, cranio-sacral therapist or just a masseur. If the condition is too acute. we do need external help and it will be a waste of time doing the exercises and could even risk doing damage.

Also it is important to know about any dis-alignments you may have, as some of the exercises may not be appropriate. For example, if you are suffering from a frozen shoulder, please do not do any exercises that work with the shoulder area without the supervision of a specialist, and if you used to suffer from this condition, approach with the caution, do it slowly and always with bent arms. Therefore it is always good to contact a specialist before you try new exercises – whether it is yoga, pilates or the little mini exercises which I introduce in these series.

Here is a simple Shoulder Release exercise, which would be great to do either before or in between your practice. To start, try to keep your hands wide, as it is easier, and you do not have to keep your arms straight; bent is fine, as long as your shoulders are down and in line with the body. This shoulder release exercises also suits anyone who sits at the computer for prolonged periods. It’s one of my favorites, and only takes a few minutes!

 

Shoulder release

BENEFITS: Stretches the spine. Opens the shoulder blades. Warms up the upper-body. Improves circulation. Opens and stretches the front body. Invigorating.

Props: Yoga belt or tea towel

  • Sit on a chair or in a kneeling position, take hold of a yoga belt or tea towel, stretch your arms out in front of you slightly more than a shoulder width apart
  • On an inward breath, with straight elbows, start to slowly raise the arms until they are in line with the ears
  • Try to keep the shoulders down and the chest in, and on an exhale bring the arms down. Repeat 4 times
  • Do this one more time, and this time, try to keep your arms raised for 5 seconds or more. For more adventures practitioners, try to take your hands further behind your ears, if you can manage this.

 

If you are suffering from any medical conditions, and in particular frozen shoulder, neck pain, high blood pressure or any severe back pain, I do not recommend that you do this exercise. If you just feel stiff, you can bend the elbows and take your hands as wide as possible.

Do this exercise before or in between your music practice or prolonged computer sessions. Enjoy!

Photographer: Pamela Troni
Model: Trudi Oliveiro
Photos: © Piano-Yoga Ltd

Click HERE to book your place on the Piano-Yoga® retreat at King’s Place on 18th May

Click HERE to book your place on the Piano-Yoga® retreat for the ISM in Liverpool on 11th May

 

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‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ Now Available on iTunes!

April 25th, 2014 — 4:25pm

Piano-Yoga® founder GéNIA’s new EP ‘Dreams of Today,Thoughts of Tomorrow’ is now available to buy on iTunes! You can follow the link HERE to purchase the EP.

However if you prefer CDs, we still have signed versions of the EP to purchase as a collectors item HERE.

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GéNIA talks to Jo Good on BBC London Radio 94.9 about her new EP!

April 24th, 2014 — 10:35am

GéNIA returned to BBC London Radio (Jo Good Show) to discuss her newly released EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’. She reflected on her life in Paris (the sabbatical that she took while composing) and on the story that prompted her to start composing, and played some of her compositions live on air.

 

 

To Buy CD GéNIA ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ EP click HERE

To Buy Digital Downloads from iTunes of GéNIA ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ EP click HERE

To see GéNIA live playing her compositions click HERE

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Caffè Nero Plays GéNIA’s Music!

April 10th, 2014 — 9:19am

Several of GéNIA’s tracks from her newly released EP ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’ have been selected by Caffè Nero to be played in every coffee house in the world throughout April 2014!

You can listen to GéNIA playing live these works live on the 25th of April at the Walthen Hall, where she will also be playing compositions by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Debussy. You can find all the details HERE

But if you are in Caffè Nero, listen out for tracks such as ‘Past Love’, ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Sweet Memories’ and while your drinking your coffee with milk, listen out for ‘Coffee with Milk’, one of the most popular tracks on the album! You can read more about the album and listen to the music samples HERE

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