Nicole Newman

Nicole is a Juilliard-trained classical flutist and Curriculum Developer, who earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education. She is a Yoga Alliance Certified Educator, who studies the Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Method with her teacher and mentor, Eddie Stern. After developing scoliosis, from many hours of flute practice over many years, Nicole dedicated herself to sharing the transformative science and art of yoga. Through yoga, Nicole realigned her spine and strengthened the muscles supporting her back. She now breathes and moves without pain or discomfort. After speaking with musicians of all ages, Nicole realized that she was not alone. Many musicians develop physical problems from long hours of practice. Musicians are often not explicitly taught how to prevent injury, or how to recognize the warning signs, by developing a healthy mind-body-instrument relationship. It is about a global change in the support that is underneath and above the part touching the instrument, to facilitate a more refined way to move at or with the instrument. Since all body movement is directed and coordinated by our nervous system, taming the mind and changing negative thought patterns is paramount to an artist’s success. Nicole understands that a consistent low-grade “fight-or-flight” response to chronic pain and stress is one of the main obstacles to healing. Nicole emphasizes the cultivation of vinyasa, the synchronization of breath and movement. Learning to control the breath calms and clears the mind to cultivate a relaxed, yet focused concentration that reduces the risk of repetitive stress injuries and re-educates the body to replace debilitative tension-holding patterns with healthier movement habits. Nicole’s goal is to empower artists to fully inhabit their bodies so they can live healthier, happier and more productive musical lives. E-mail Nicole with questions about Yoga for the Arts at:

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