Improves posture and muscle strength

Standing for hours watching bands can play havoc with the lower back and legs, causing you to constantly adjust your stance. With good posture and muscle strength, the weight is evenly distributed between both feet and all the joints are stacked in top of one another, helping to reduce this lethargy and ensuring each muscle is working as it should.

Increases flexibility

Tight muscles in one area can have an affect on another. Yoga asanas not only improve flexibility of the physical body, but also the mind. Having improved flexibility along with strength helps to reduce the chances of injury. So when you are throwing yourself around on stage, it won’t be such a shock to the system and your body won’t tense up as much, reducing the chances of causing injury, unless you’re hit with a headstock of course!

Increases blood flow

Getting that fresh blood and oxygen pumping around your system – I’d like to say it helps with hangovers but unfortunately I’ve not come across any research to prove that!

Helps ease lower back pain

Building a good core and strengthening those back muscles along with increased flexibility will help release any tension in the back and ease pain you may feel from standing for a long time or sitting in a vehicle for hours on your way to the next show.

Helps with focus, balance, concentration and creativity

So you’ve got to write lyrics or a new riff and you just. Can’t. Get. Past. The first note/word? Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation can help to really bring you back to the present moment and allow you to focus on the task at hand, rather than feeling frustrated. Take a break, take a few breaths, or try do a few asanas specifically for the mind and creativity.

Relaxes you and reduces tension in your limbs

Day-to-day life can cause tension, van breaking down on tour, promoter not turning up or doing their job properly, sleeping on uncomfortable flooring, getting drinks spilt on you while your in the crowd….the list goes on. Again, by bringing yoga techniques into your everyday life, these situations won’t seem so bad and will help you let go and accept what’s happening- truly putting thing into perspective. A good yoga session should leave your whole body feeling, relaxed, revitalised, reenergised and ready to take on the world!

Strengthens muscles used for breathing

Screaming your lungs out down a microphone, singing along to your favourite song, running around on stage or in the crowd for 30 mins can put a lot of stress on the body and the muscles you use for breathing, such as your diaphragm intercostal muscles and lungs. Asanas that help open the chest along with good posture, create more space for your lungs to expand, allowing more oxygen in, more blood pumping around the system and more energy. Regular practice of diaphragmatic breathing also builds the strength in the muscles used for breathing and allows you to get more air into your lungs, meaning you can hold that note for just a little bit longer!

There are so many more benefits of yoga but yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation aren’t some miracle cure for everything. A regular practice will certainly help put everything where it should be.