Trumpet and Yoga Excercises

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpettrax, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. trumpettrax

    trumpettrax Piano User

    Mar 18, 2006
    Just curious to know if anyone does yoga stretching and excercise in conjunction with their trumpet playing. What do you do and how does it help? I've heard a lot about this and just wondered.


  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    Very briefly, the benefits of yoga are several. I had a very educational hour and an a half with a Hatha yoga teacher whom I met quite by chance (Yeah, right... if there's one thing I've learned it's that there are no accidents) and we discussed and did breathing exercises that helped make me even more aware of how much your lungs can take in and expel. Proper yoga breathing takes focus and awareness to get the maximum benefit from it. That's big for us as performers. Focusing on filling your lungs as you hear the "song" in what you have to play at that very moment is big for us. It helps keep us in the present.

    My suggestion is if you're interested don't get a book and try to learn that way. Get to a good, experienced instructor.

  3. Liad Bar-EL

    Liad Bar-EL Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Jerusalem, Israel
    That's good advice Manny for everyone.

    My question is why did you choose Yoga as an exercise? I studied and practiced yoga while studying at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. The particular yoga that I was practicing was called Hatha Yoga which is the physical not the "spiritual" type of Yoga. All the Yoga types require concentration in isolating the muscles, etc. All in all, I did not find Yoga to help my trumpet playing not even one bit.

    Presently, I am studying and practicing Pilates and swimming. Both of these together help my trumpet playing a whole lot more than Yoga ever did.

    Liad Bar-EL
  4. gregc

    gregc Mezzo Piano User

    Apr 5, 2004
    New York, U.S. of A.
    I studied Yoga in college. At the time, I joined because I noticed there were no males in that class. Woo - hoo............... not long after, I began martial art studies. That Yoga sure came in handy. As Manny says, "there are no accidents'~
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I am ambivalent about Yoga because:

    I know too many violists who are “into†Yoga stress the spiritual side of Yoga.

    If I wanted to learn to stick my head up my posterior I would have studied conducting, voice, or orchestral management.

    On the other hand, approached with a Vulgano Brother attitude, it is a great way to work on what are called the core muscles, is good for flexibility, and a great place to meet chicks.
  6. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    Markus Stockhausen gave an early morning yoga class last summer at Chosen Vale that was attended by every single participant (amazing, as was the class).

    By the way, I've never met a more graceful and erect man (or know a better trumpeter and musician). Is there a connection? Yes, I'm certain that there is.

    Knuckles dragging the floor,
  7. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

    Aug 11, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    When I have a bit of time, I would love to delve further into this as I think yoga helps us a great deal and on many levels. It is also a very efficient way to accomplish many things simultaneously - just like we aspire to do when we practice. There are also so many choices of what kind of yoga one could chose to study for specific benefits (just as there are trumpet methods). If you want a killer body aesthetically, to strengthen your physique, increase your lung capacity, heal parts of your body, heal your soul, cleanse your mind, or any benefit in between, there is a branch of yoga to suit one's needs. (I have just come off a whirlwind month and have some catching up to do, so I will keep it brief.) While Yoga may not seem to instantly fix a problem or cure what ails you, it quickly creates an acute sense of body awareness and mind focus. In the long-run, the body benefits from the spreading of "good, healthy" chemicals through the body from the exercises (asanas) being done consistently over time. In my opinion, this is all extremely beneficial for us on and off the trumpet.

    BTW, "yoga" is not a religion in any form. It is more of a life guide and a philosophy when studying the advanced branches. Hinduism is the religion most often associated with the practice of yoga, but they are by no means inseparable.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2006
  8. Liad Bar-EL

    Liad Bar-EL Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Nice post Alex!

    I do not understand your last statement. Did you mean that Yoga and Hinduism ARE separable so that one can study/practice Yoga without incorporating Hinduism with it or are they inseparable so that one has to use Hinduism in order to study/practice Yoga?

    Welcome back from where every you were at.

    Liad Bar-EL
  9. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

    Aug 11, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Hello Liad! Thanks for the warm "welcome back". September has been a whirlwind month for me, so I apologize for the unexpected hiatus. I have been out and about bonding with my new trumpet babies. :D

    In my statement I meant that Yoga and Hinduism are indeed separable. One does not need to study or practice Hinduism to study yoga. However, many Hindus do practice yoga as part of their overall spiritual life regimen.
  10. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

    Jan 12, 2005
    Northern New York
    When I do yoga excercises (on the occasion that I have the time to do them), I find (especially if I have a series of days that I can devote) that my posture improves, I play more relaxed and "open", and as a result my breathing is easier. So it has positive effects on things like endurance, too. There are some excercises you can do that are intended to facilitate articulations, as well, but I've not had a long enough stretch of time to see noticable growth from that yet. The key is (as with anything else) consistent application.

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