Sid Yoga workshop
GUEST POST BY KARA IWANOWSKI
The mind, body, and spirit work as one when we play music. This concept was not only discussed but executed at Sid Yoga today with some of Piano Prodigies's own students. When we perform, our bodies work by wiggling our fingers and swaying ourselves to the beat. Our mind is telling us what to do, how to be calm or excited, and if you are playing from memory, what you are supposed to be playing. The spirit is giving you the energy and charisma you need to have a stunning performance that stands out from the rest. None of this can happen, however, when we are not exposed to the idea by itself, no strings attached. Today during the yoga workshop, we worked on our balance, coordination, and strength. Those were exercising our body and mind. Our spirit was involved in the motivation to complete that downward facing dog and to relax ourselves enough to remain in the crow position for more than three seconds. (I, however, could not...) When we put the physical aspect of our mind and body working together and add the mentality of having this sense of purpose and confidence, our spirit, we can achieve something much greater than just a concert. We can captivate the audience and motivate ourselves to be something greater than we were yesterday. When our mind, body, and spirit work together as one, we can inhale life, and exhale music.
Kara Iwanowski began playing piano at the age of 5 years old. Now at age 13, Kara continues on her musical journey. Visit her personal website: www.karaiwanowski.weebly.com
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Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).