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HANNAH THIEM’S WORDS TO LIVE BY
“I truly believe that if your core is resonating with every frequency of being in line with your calling or your destiny, any and all success can be yours.”
1. Her yoga practice goes back to childhood
I grew up in a very progressive home in the midwest: macrobiotic, meditation, spiritual, Montessori school, DIY. My mother introduced me to yoga via a gorgeous video by Ali MacGraw and Erich Schiffmann, called Yoga Mind & Body. It’s visually and aurally stunning: Clean white sand and a cool predawn sky are the backdrop, with a soundtrack including Dead Can Dance. I’ve been hooked ever since.
2. Playing violin is her life passion
Violin was love at first sight. I started playing at age three and would obsess about the instrument. I wrote stories about violins; haiku poems, too. Every time I’d listen to a violin concerto, I’d picture myself in a pink dress performing in front of an orchestra.
3. She composes music for yoga classes
I like to compose organic, lush soundscapes for yoga-flow classes. I’ll craft a very specific soundbed on electronic instruments and/or computers, over which I improvise on violin. I use my intuition, my familiarity with the teacher’s style, and the energy and pace of the room to provide music that will fit with the flow and postures. I’ve worked with Elena Brower, Schuyler Grant, and Eoin Finn, among other teachers. It’s a very dynamic interaction.
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4. Her yoga practice grounds her music
I always feel more musically inspired, energized, and alive after a vinyasa flow or deeply meditative restorative class. I am then able to tap into a creative inner flow that’s connected to a higher spirit.
5. She changes her perspective by traveling
Travel takes me out of normal, everyday patterns. I’m more aware when seemingly random things happen that steer me in a particular direction with outstanding outcomes. Rent a bike whenever possible when traveling! It’s the best way to see and experience the most of a city.
HANNAH THIEM’S FAVORITE YOGA POSE
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) is one of them. I like the feeling of everything aligning and falling into place, and the sense of creating space and openness in the body.
For more on Hannah Thiem visit hannahthiem.com