Over the last 10 years, mindfulness, by other words self-awareness, has become one of the most popular techniques for improving concentration, moment-to-moment awareness, self-control, acceptance, and compassion.
Although mindfulness is an ancient practice, nowadays yet many people searching for the means of calmness and self-composure. Many of us have got to know and found those means through Yoga study and exercising. The most fundamental tool and the most powerful thing of Yoga is to discover your body through the breathing. Once we feel it we can control it.
My believes in teaching:
No matter how small child is the importance is to enable dynamic development on early stage. It multitask study that starts with acquiring the flexibility of both vertical and horizontal movement of left hand. To exercise this enough is to have just 5 minutes with violin in left hand.
The least to spend time on studying only first position which means only horizontal movement of left hand.
Instead we have to focus on establishing the corresponding reflex.
In my teaching I pursue focuses:
Take one mindful breath.
What does it mean?
By bringing your attention to your breath, you return your attention to the present moment. Once student fully understood it, it has to become one exercise to start your home task and lessons until it gets to motorized reflex.
The task is – by bringing student’s attention to your breath, she returns her attention to the present moment.
Mind over matter or practice mindful moment.
That practice seems simple, but even the smallest breakthrough in body awareness can unlock new levels of technical prowess.
Example: By asking student while drawing the bow up and down on open string to maintain focus on posture respond, movement on her right hand, her mind wander away and gently to guide attention yet on her right hand.
Create time for silent listener
It is a method of letting a student to perform a home task in the studio and after finishing it letting her for 30 seconds silently listen to and think of what being played and achieved.
It calls self-reflection.
It is important to teach a student to assess her own work and be able to discuss the feeling while performing.
The benefit of that – the student will remember more from each lesson and enjoy a calmer approach to long-term musical development.
RE-focus during stressful moments.
Keep it simple
No matter what and how the day develops and where our mind travels, during the lesson and during practicing at home we have to be able to re-focus our wind wonder and bring it back to the present.
Technique is the same – to take your mindful breath that connect you to the present moment.
For me as for a teacher it is important not to overcomplicate things and task. By simplifying my teaching and focusing on only the most necessary and important points, my students have demonstrated improved understanding and long-term improvement as well as remained interest to the a violin.