This page includes a complete list of the regular Piano Qigong exercises that I have shared here on the Pianodao website. Some exercises are at the piano; most are away from the piano.
The main purpose of several of these exercises is to help the practitioner reconnect mental focus, physical sensation and movement. This involves developing awareness through movement and through breathing.
I have tried to identify exercises that I would use to specifically address problems that pianists commonly face. However:
Due to the holistic nature of Qigong practice, in which any exercise offers multiple simultaneous benefits, many of the exercises address most or all of the specific aspects listed below.
With that in mind, it is best to try ALL of the Piano Qigong exercises yourself, mindfully reflecting on the benefits of each.
- Breathing at the Piano part one
- Breathing at the Piano part two (coming soon)
- Breathing at the Piano part three (coming soon)
- Earth Posture: discover a balanced natural posture with effective weight distribution using this very easy standing meditation.
Waist & Balance:
more soon …
Shoulders & Arms:
more soon …
Wrists & Hands:
- How to Warm your Hands and fingers – a short video tutorial.
- Open and Commence: a simple breathing and stretching exercise with a particular focus on the wrists.
- Opening the Chest: an extension of “Open and Commence”
Meditation and Relaxation:
- Sit up and Shut Down: a simple hack to help reduce the effects of anxiety
You can explore all the exercises here, starting with the most recent additions.
I would love to hear from you, so do let me know how you get on with these exercises. Your feedback can help shape the ongoing development of the Piano Qigong resource.