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Starting anew this springtime

March 29th, 2018 — 9:36am
GéNIA teachers Piano-Yoga® at Holistic Day for Pianists in London

GéNIA teachers Piano-Yoga® at Holistic Day for Pianists in London

At the beginning of Spring what is better than a professional induction/assessment tutorial for your piano playing?

A fresh inspiration is awaiting you at Piano-Yoga®, where we pride ourselves in having a different holistic approach to piano learning; where your lifestyle, energy levels, body, mind, temperament are all considered and worked with individually.

If you are new to the Piano-Yoga approach and are intrigued to learn more, the induction tutorial will give you a hands-on insight to our method. You will also find out how to enhance your overall experience of piano practice – no matter the level- and all the little details in your mind, body and spirit that may have gone unnoticed before. These can make a considerable difference to your awareness and enjoyment level.

Piano-Yoga® is offering a spring discount until the end of April. Please see the details of the Assessment Lessons and listen to GéNIA’s interview here.

We are conveniently located near Liberty’s in W1 for your after-work or lunchtime Piano-Yoga® induction tutorial.
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Piano Pieces to Lift Your Spirit

March 28th, 2018 — 8:52am

genaWith the spring, there is always a ‘new you’! If you are tired from winter and cold dark nights, you are most likely feeling creative and would like to start playing something new and exciting on the piano! Many beginners and intermediate players have enthusiasm, but often lack the knowledge of the repertoire that would allow them to choose their pieces.

Here is a selection of pieces that will most likely elevate your mood and, at the same time, will be great for developing your piano technique

 

Mozart Piano Sonata in C Major K545 Mov 1

 

Beethoven 6 Variations in G Major WoO 70 on “Nel cor piu non mi sento’

 

Scaralatti Piano Sonata in C Major K159

Bach Toccatta in G Major BWV916

 

Moszkowski ‘Etincelles’Op.36 No.6

 

Schumann Happy Farmer Op.68 No.10

Chopin Walts in D Flat Major Op.64 No.1

 

Chopin Mazurka Op.7 No 1 in B flat Major

 

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C Sharp Minor S244:

 

Mendelssohn Song Without Words Op.19 No 1 in E Major

 

Prokofiev-Nikolaeva Peter and a Woolf Piano Music

Enjoy and have a great time with these pieces!

 

GéNIA

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Happy Holidays from Piano-Yoga®!

December 23rd, 2017 — 10:47am
GéNIA, the founder of Piano-Yoga®

GéNIA, the founder of Piano-Yoga®

Here at Piano-Yoga® we are taking this opportunity of wishing you a wonderfully happy festive period! This is the time to reconnect with your friends, your family and ….. with yourself! This latter one is very important to remember, as it is the magical time to take care of yourself, your creativity, your health, your inspirations… and it is also a perfect time to reflect, and we so wish you to enjoy this fully wonderful experience to the full.

Remember our mood often dictates us how we feel and, at the same time, if we feel good, we are usually in a better mood;  it is a two way street! And the music is there to support us and make this experience even more magical… Enjoy!

GéNIA xxx

 

Russian virtuoso pianist and composer GéNIA is a founder of Piano-Yoga® Method. She runs Piano-Yoga® Studio located in Central London: www.piano-yoga.com If you would like to try out Piano-Yoga® Assessment Lesson, online Piano-Yoga® tuition, or browse through Piano-Yoga® book just visit our website for further information and courses.

 

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An inspirational Holistic Day for Pianists with Melanie Spanswick, myself and our students

July 24th, 2017 — 2:26pm
GéNIA teachers Piano-Yoga® at Holistic Day for Pianists in London

GéNIA teachers Piano-Yoga® at Holistic Day for Pianists in London

This is just a little blog entry from me about the Holistic Day, that I led with renowned educator, blogger and teacher Melanie Spanswick recently in London. I wanted to share with you how wonderful it was to spend the whole day concentrating on Piano-Yoga® and other aspects of piano playing and technique. Melanie’s talks were inspiring; she offered wonderful tips on memorisation and sight-reading, making students practise various things there and then.

I offered a slightly different approach, concentrating on how to obtain the best energy, so you can get the best our of your practice and/or a performance, especially when you were tired or, opposite, too excited to concentrate. Through the various exercises and talks about different energy states, we spent a wonderful afternoon exploring. I concluded my part of the day by going through the details of each stage of my book ‘Piano-Yoga® Transform Your Hands’: 10 Week Course of Piano Exercises.

We had a wonderful variety of students, which included amateur pianists, piano teachers and professional music students.

The atmosphere of Jaque Samuel Pianos, was equally inspiring; we were surrounded by at least 100 pianos and had 4 Fazioli grand pianos in our studio, where we taught.

Melanie Spanwick teaches Sight-Reading Class at Holistic Day for Pianists

Melanie Spanwick teaches Sight-Reading Class at Holistic Day for Pianists in London

The students were very receptive and eager and after the day we received wonderful comments such as ‘A most inspiring duette with many useful tips’ from Edi and ‘One of the most interesting days in my life. Thank you so much!’ from Charles.

We look forward to bringing you more events and if you’d like to invite us to come to your area with the Holistic Day Programme please do not hesitate to get in touch!

With love,

GéNIA

 

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Why Body Work is so important for musicians

July 5th, 2017 — 9:59am
Pianist GéNIA demonstrating yoga exercises for pianists

Pianist GéNIA demonstrating yoga exercises for pianists

Every professional musician knows the drill: if you want to be good you need to practise. For classical musicians there are many hours of strict practice required, for jazz and other musicians there is a different kind of practice, but in any case, you always need to practise more rather not less. Talking about  technique, which is best developed when we are children, if you want to be good, you are encouraged to practice at least three to four hours when you are a child, with a gradual increase in hours as you get older, especially if playing piano has the potential to become your profession.

 

I personally studied at the School for Gifted Children in the Ukraine, then at the Music Conservatoire (Kharkov State institute of Arts), before embarking on Postgraduate Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and finally a Masters Degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Throughout all these years, I have been encouraged to practice as much as possible, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. It was not surprising that at the age of 15 I suffered muscular tension due to over-practising. What was astounding was that, at no point during my entire studies, was I ever advised on how to look after my body in order to avoid over-practising (meaning over-using it) nor taught how to practise efficiently; how to avoid strain whilst keeping my body relaxed.

By my early 20th, I found myself suffering from  chronic back-pain, and was forced to see a back specialist on a regular basis. After about six months of such visits, I realised that this could not go on. I had to learn how to start caring for my body in order to stop having to see a doctor, as I was became addicted to these visits.

 

This is when I started to explore. It was suggested I should try yoga, and after the first few sessions I got ‘hooked’. Yoga allowed me not only to get rid of my pain, but I noticed that my body slowly started to transform, my muscles became leaner and I even felt taller!

 

Additionally, I noticed that, apart from fixing my back problems, yoga was really good for my piano playing: my fingers became stronger and the challenge of playing larger chords became less of an issue. Following this discovery, I deliberately started incorporating yoga stretches into my practice routine. It felt great; I felt refreshed and balanced.

 

The following year I was faced with the challenge of performing Rachmaninoff ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’, which I had been told by my teachers, I would never be able to play. I loved this piece and felt that I could play it, so I was determined to do everything possible to master this piece.

All I needed was to find a specific programme or a set of exercises that would develop my hands. After extensive research and trying out various exercises, I realised that what I was looking for was not available, and if I wanted to work on my hands, I would need to create this programme myself. Starting with various experiments, I came to the conclusion that the answer was … in my yoga practice. By trial and error I created the piano-yoga exercises that helped me to master this piece, and this is how Piano-Yoga® was conceived.

 

So what is Piano-Yoga®? It is a method of piano teaching, performing and playing available to musicians of all levels, amateurs and professionals, from beginners to advanced. The more advanced you are, the more you can benefit from it. One of the aspects of Piano-Yoga® method is ‘body discipline’, teaching those who play and practise for more then an hour a day to take care of their body by showing how to use it in their playing as well as how to relax at specific times and how to prevent injuries. Alexander technique offers wonderful teaching that covers some of these aspects, but Piano-Yoga® offers something different; firstly precise work on hands and arms in order to increase the strength of fingers and hand span, secondly, the discipline of taking care of the body on a regular basis, thirdly, various tips on piano playing established through body work and finally prevention and /or post injury rehabilitation programme. By incorporating the ancient yoga teaching, the method aims to create a feeling of well-being on a physical, emotional and intellectual level. For those following  spiritual practices, it offers something as well. It is up to the student to take as much or as little from Piano-Yoga® as he or she wants.

 

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The main message of this article though, is that playing piano for more then an hour a day inflicts demands on your body and, if are regularly doing this, you must know how to take care of it in order to avoid an injury or a simple back pain and get rid of stagnation in your body, as sitting for a long time is not good for our health.

I hope that you find my story helpful and if you have any questions I will be happy to hear from you via info@piano-yoga.com.

with love,

GéNIA

GéNIA, the pianist and composer and founder of Piano-Yoga®, will be demonstrating the main principals of Piano-Yoga® teaching on Holistic day for pianists in London on the 16th of July, in the event created in collaboration with the renown educator, blogger, pianist and author Melanie Spanswick. Please follow the link to see more details.

 

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