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The principles of yoga are so easily transferred to string playing and vice versa – concepts such as thinking about one’s breath, mindfulness, discipline and being kind to oneself. Violinist Melissa White is a trained yogi and co-founder of Intermission, a programme that unites body, mind, breath and music making with yoga and meditation. She spoke to online editor Davina Shum just before she embarked on working at the Heifetz Institute as the yoga instructor and chatted about her journey into discovering yoga, the role of the breath in string playing, as well as her favourite exercises and approaches in incorporating yoga with her music making.

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