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Yoga for Musicians – Yehudi Menuhin & International Yoga Day

“The practice of yoga induces a primary sense of measure and proportion. Reduced to our own body, our first instrument, we learn to play it, drawing from it maximum resonance and harmony.” – Yehudi Menuhin

In ‘9 Things you didn’t know about Yehudi Menuhin’, Clemency Burton-Hill writes how Yehudi Menuhin helped yoga guru BKS Iyengar introduce yoga to the west:

“As a kid, Menuhin had been captivated by the idea of people walking on their hands. In the early 1950s, while leafing through a pamphlet in a doctor’s waiting room, he read about something called hatha yoga and said, “it struck me with the force of revelation.” A few months later, he traveled to India where he met a guru named BKS Iyengar. Despite Menuhin’s global fame, Iynegar had absolutely no idea who he was, a fact which probably delighted Menuhin. Iyengar became Menuhin’s guru and friend, and together they are often credited with bringing yoga to the West. Menuhin described yoga as his “yardstick to inner peace” and had a daily routine for the rest of his life, including a 20-minute headstand on his terrace each morning. A 1953 photo essay in Time magazine, “Yehudi’s Yoga”, in which he is pictured doing Simhasana (lion’s pose), so mortified his teenage daughter, Zamira, that she refused to go to school for three days.”

Iyengar Yoga London writes how “when mentoring young musicians Menuhin would advise them to incorporate yoga postures into their routine. Today yoga classes are still offered to the young musicians at the Yehudi Menuhin School.”

On Tuesday 21 June, Live Music Now celebrates International Yoga Day and Make Music Day with a lunchtime yoga session for current and alumni musicians, staff and friends of the organisation.

Yoga for Musicians
Tuesday 21 June, 2022
1-1:30pm, Zoom

We’ll have a ten minute open chat following the session for those who can stay on!  Session will be led by yoga instructor and LMN Development Director, Hannah Wood.

If you are a current or alumni musician and haven’t received an email invitation already, contact [email protected] for zoom link.

BKS Iyengar assisting Yehudi Menuhin with yoga poses.
BKS Iyengar assisting Yehudi Menuhin with yoga poses.


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