My life always had a beat to it. My Dad’s a drummer, my brother’s a drummer and my son’s a drummer. I spent years as a drummer’s girlfriend and decades pounding the dance floor to the beat of the drums. If it wasn’t for rhythm I never would have become a yoga teacher. Dance informed my yoga and it was the expression of music more than anything that got me going.
Given that, it’s only natural that I wondered what postures would benefit a drummer’s body and I thank my friend and student Ron Gannaway for letting me know what works for him. For the purpose of this video we couldn’t show you everything but I hope this represents.
Not just drummers but anyone who sits for long periods will want back bending and twists to restore the curves of the spine. If you wield drum sticks for hours at a time you’ll want stable but supple shoulders and flexibility in the ribs and spine to allow the flow of energy from the core through the arms without injury to the neck or lower back. The wrists and forearms on a drummer are more developed than most of ours and they require some tender loving care. Flex, press, bounce the foot to kick the base. Tap, slap, snap the foot for the rap on the high hat. The shins and ankles get crazy active too.
The yoga stretches in this video are a taste of drummer liberation. No video can take the place of a yoga teacher.
hot on elephant
The story behind the Elephant-headed God. 379 shares Visual Yoga Blog: Refresh your Eyes the Yoga Way. 166 shares Boomers vs. Millennials: Will We stay the Course or Change It? 385 shares Instead of Sabotaging another Relationship, here’s how to Run into your Fear. 995 shares Join: Elephant’s Winter 2017 Academy. 9 shares The Benching Mind-F*ck: Worse than Ghosting. 1,731 share The Fourth Kind of Love. 2,142 shares What Teens need from their Parents. (Hint: It’s not Grounding & Punishment.) 1,681 share How Open-Hearted Men can Show Up for Strong, Independent Women. 2,599 shares October Energy Forecast: Prepare for Limitless, Unconditional Love. 4,438 shares