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Amelia Rosenberger is a trombonist and yoga teacher based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has dedicated her career to helping musicians relieve tension, pain, and performance anxiety through the practice of yoga. She believes that it is important that musicians take care of both their bodies and minds in order to create sustainable careers. She has taught her Yoga for Trombone workshop at universities including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to her yoga teaching, Amelia is an accomplished trombonist. She won the American Trombone Workshop Division II National Solo Competition in 2015 among several others. Amelia is currently a graduate trombone student at the University of Texas at Arlington studying with Dennis Bubert, and teaches a weekly Yoga for Musicians class to her peers.
Engaging in yoga and the associated breath work really helped Amelia get through the stresses of being an undergraduate music major.
Amelia reflects that for musicians who are performing constantly such as touring artists and music students, health is usually something that goes out of the window when the pressure rises. She stresses the importance of practices such as yoga to help stay healthy during these times.
Intuitive eating is something Amelia practices regularly. She listens to her body to see how she feels some time after consuming a meal and adjusts her diet accordingly. She also recommends her yoga students to drink as much water as possible, rather than other liquids that are not as hydrating.
Aside from the regular sitting meditation Amelia does, she likes to have mindful moments throughout her day, such as even focusing on one complete breath while driving.
Amelia developed a serious trombone related injury that forced her to take a whole year off of playing and when she had reintroduced it gradually, she approached it purely from a meditative stance. She would pause and stretch if she sensed anything tensing up. She allowed herself an entire year to get back to where her technique was during her undergrad.
Having a positive relationship with her instrument is now very important to Amelia, as she had burned out with it before and even the thought of it made her tense.
Amelia’s injury was caused by playing with a slightly incorrect posture. Yoga was instrumental in realigning her playing position and she helps others musicians ensure they are playing in a way that is free of pain as well.
Amelia explains that when we are experiencing performance anxiety, our nervous system believes we are in danger and has us in a fight or flight mode. The breath again, has been her tool to engage the parasympathetic nervous system and relax. She practices alternate nostril breathing that she learned from yoga before she performs.
Meditation, as Amelia points out, directly translates to performing music focused without fear of judgement or other distractions.
Overplaying during a warmup for a show is a big problem and Amelia suggests to keep it minimal and relaxed and focus more on the breath and being mindful.
Amelia discusses how mental health is very important because as a musician, we are a kind of healer. You need to be in a good place mentally to be able to give the audience a positive experience.
Practicing non-attachment is very helpful to Amelia for maintaining her well being on, and off stage. Besides it affecting musicianship positively, you are able to sit in traffic or anything else and be at peace.
Amelia is working on expanding her expertise of teaching yoga for musicians to a variety of instrumentalists. She see’s the potential of growth in this and is moving ahead passionately!
As this field expands, Amelia would love to teach at the university level and release associated products.
Amelia’s one message to all musician’s is to listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs.