For over 20 years, I have been performing as a flutist and freelance musician, and have been a member of Klangforum Wien for almost as long. Every year, I play in up to 80 concerts and dedicate a large part of my working day to practice, preparation and rehearsals.

About 17 years ago I suffered a burnout and severe tinnitus. I realized that I was the one responsible for my body, soul and health, and yoga was the path that, above all, helped me through this life crisis.

Finding a way to break out of old destructive habits and to form constructive behaviour patterns affords me another, new approach to my social surroundings and to my work.



LU JONG (Tibetan Healing Yoga) functions on three levels: physical, energetic and mental (See ‘Lu Jong’)

During the yoga practice, our concentration moves from “outside to inside”. Therefore, we shift our senses from the outside world to inside our bodies. We learn to feel ourselves, to listen to ourselves and to find the source of inexhaustible strength and our center.


The five basic exercises of LU JONG to balance the five elements are particularly effective in the prevention of health problems, above all in people that experience chronic stress. In Tibetan Medicine, the disruption of the inner winds (lung) is understood to negatively affect the balance of the five elements and the three vital fluids or principal energies (wind, bile and phlegm). This manifests itself as a disruption of our internal powerhouse and is followed by physical and psychological disease (weak immune system, chronic back pain, digestive problems, insomnia, trouble concentrating etc).

In the eyes of western medicine, stress is defined as a physical reaction to external or internal burdens. Musicians are often placed under enormous strain for extended periods of time, for example, striving for perfectionism, intense work and endurance pressures, exaggerated awareness of duty, noise, bullying and so on. The so-called ,Burnout Syndrome‘ is described as

total emotional exhaustion, the feeling of estrangement from one’s self and/or experiencing other adverse reactions and a diminishing capacity to function (or increasing dissatisfaction with performance).

Burnout’ refers to a concept of our core energy and means the burning out of fuel elements due to overheating or a decline in cooling.

In TibetanTantrayana burnout is understood as a closure of the energy channels whereby the free flow of energy in the body is inhibited. This impacts the physical, energy and mental levels.



Lu Jong – Exercises


Lu Jong exercises concentrate mainly on the movement of the spinal column, our powerhouse or battery.

The spine is stretched, turned and bent in every direction. Lopsided, unbalanced stresses and strains, such as those, caused by playing an instrument, are evened out, damage caused by long periods of sitting, bad posture and tension are counteracted.

The energy channels become permeable again, blockages are released, and the five elements and the body energies are brought back into balance.



Breathing Exercises


“The impossibility of to calmly controlling the breath, goes together with a mind that is complicated by problems.” (Yoga Sutra 1.31, Desikachar 1997:42)


In yoga, the breath is defined as the link between body and mind.

Through body exercises and careful attention to internal factors, we can achieve a natural deepening and regulation of the breath.


The breathing exercises of TSA LUNG (In Tibetan TSA means channels and LUNG means internal wind/breath) penetrate deep into our body and help even the smallest channels to open.



Meditation


Our thoughts and emotions are also focused during the practice of yoga. Initially, through observation of our thought and emotional activity, we get to know our mind better both inherently and through evaluation. Bit by bit, we can identify the imprint of thought and behaviour patterns and habits (eg. stress reactions such as tension in muscle groups, breathing and movement patterns or perpetual speculation, etc.).

We can also identify that we have the capacity to stop and change these factors. We learn to let go, to relax totally and have the ability to concentrate more effectively. The goal is ultimately to bring the mind into a state of calm.




LU JONG (Tibetan Healing Yoga) furthers the healing process and improves overall health, but is by no means intended to replace traditional medicine and doctors’ advice.





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Yoga for Musicians