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Piano-Yoga: Transform Your Hands

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Piano-Yoga: Transform Your Hands

GéNIA, creator of Piano-Yoga®:

"I originally created the Piano-Yoga® method for myself when I was asked to perform Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and needed to build up the strength in my fingers quickly and, more importantly, increase my span on the piano.

I extensively researched through a lot of musical literature but although I found separate exercises I could not find one coherent course that could do both of these things in a short space of time.

With my performance deadline approaching I had no choice but to design a whole course for myself. The swift results and success I achieved with the Piano-Yoga® method were astounding and I started applying the method to all the students I taught, with rewarding effects.

My students started to ask me if I could give them printed copies of the Piano-Yoga® exercises so they could practice them at home and as a result I developed Piano-Yoga® "Transform Your Hands: A complete ten week course of piano exercises" was created.

Originally the course was compiled from Stage One: Core Piano-Yoga® and Stage Two: Yin Piano-Yoga® and was aimed at intermediate and advanced players. However after working through these exercises with my students I thought it would be also beneficial for beginners to do Piano-Yoga® exercises. This is how the Preliminary Stage: Foundation Piano-Yoga® was developed. After spending some time on this programme I felt the need to develop it further and created Stage Three: Advanced Piano-Yoga® which is aimed mainly at advanced players.  

After doing the course for a number of years I could not help but notice the Piano-Yoga® exercises and approach also worked on a psychological level. Just doing these exercises kept me balanced and prepared me for my daily practice and performances. Also coaching a number of students, especially nervous before their public performances, allowed me to introduce Piano-Yoga® to them. This is how the "Piano-Yoga®: How to overcome stage fright and make adrenaline work for you" workshop was created."

GéNIA studied piano at the Kharkov State Institute of Arts, Guildhall School of Music, London and Trinity College, London. She is a qualified B.W.Y. (British Wheel of Yoga) accredited teacher and trained at The Life Centre®, London.

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