CMC presents Calm, Balance and Strength: Breathwork for Anxiety Management

CMC presents Calm, Balance and Strength: Breathwork for Anxiety Management

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 4.00pm

Xenia Pestova Bennett - Calm, Balance and Strength: Breathwork for Anxiety Management

The second in a series of CMC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events throughout November 2020 features Calm, Balance and Strength: Breathwork for Anxiety Management with pianist and wellbeing coach Xenia Pestova Bennett.

Our lives and identities as creative practitioners are profoundly disrupted by the global pandemic. While the rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise, support for our wellbeing is not always readily available. CMC is providing this session to assist composers and other contemporary music specialists in coping with some of the challenges they may be facing due to Covid-19. Following a general overview of anxiety management with CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren, Xenia will introduce anxiety management techniques based on simple and proven breathing techniques. Participants will be introduced to the ‘anatomy’ of the breath, learn how to strengthen the lungs and immune system and explore some of the science behind breathwork for balancing the autonomic nervous system. Participants will also be guided through a series of practical breathing exercises that can be used on a daily basis.

Those who sign up to participate are encouraged to email specific situations, challenges, questions, etc. in advance to [email protected]. All questions are valid - questions may relate to specific problems or can be general in nature.

Registration is free of charge to participants, and all interested are welcome to participate.

About the instructor:

Dr. Xenia Pestova Bennett is a concert pianist and wellbeing coach. She offers classes in breathwork, meditation, yoga and anxiety management. Having studied in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Xenia holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University. Her wellness teachers include Eleonora Ramsby-Herrera (Hatha Yoga), Sarah Powers (Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness) and Jeff Cushing (Qi Gong).

This CPD event is the second in a four-part series presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland throughout November 2020 to meet needs raised by the contemporary music community in light of the changed circumstances resulting from Covid-19 restrictions:

1. Logic Pro X Clinic at 4.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2020 presented by composer and producer Conor O’Boyle

2. Calm, Balance and Strength: Breathwork for Anxiety Management at 4.00pm on Thursday, 12 November 2020 presented by pianist and wellbeing coach Xenia Pestova Bennett

3. Notation Clinic in Sibelius & Introduction to Dorico at 4.00pm on Thursday, 19 November 2020 presented by composer guitarist Anselm McDonnell and composer Lillie Harris

4. Developing an Audience at 4.00pm on Thursday, 26 November 2020 presented by Rob Farhat, Talent Development & Programme Manager at Serious in London

Photo credit: Rachel McCarthy

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