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After Faust closed on Sunday, I went over to have a chicken quesadilla at Downtown Johnny Brown's while Josh Vincent and Linda Piatt had beers.

Josh is an opera chorister and yoga instructor. Linda is a violist in the orchestra and one of Josh's students.

Earlier I had mentioned to Josh that I was blown away by how much concentration the string players must have during a three-hour opera. The strings are playing just about the entire time.

"Of all my yoga students, I think Linda has the most focus."

I wasn't surprised.

I asked Linda about it.

"In a show like Rosenkavalier, every measure has something quirky--it could be the rhythm or a fingering but it was exhausting and it was long. It was also the most rewarding thing I've played because it's so beautiful."

I wanted to know if yoga had helped.

"As a string player, everything is off balance to one side."

That makes sense.

"Yoga helps me to balance out both sides. When I first tried to do the downward dog position, I was completely twisted or I should say, leaning to my playing side. Besides balance, yoga has also helped with injury and tension. Some of the other players get a lot of massage therapy but I find yoga helps me to be aware of where I can relax. It's interesting that yoga helps my playing but I think my playing helps the yoga as well."

We continued to talk about others issues but one that got a lot of play was the topic of conductors.

The San Diego Opera and the San Diego Symphony is a shared contract. That means the symphony players are also the opera players.

We counted it up and between the two, Linda will play with at least 8 or 9 different conductors this season.

Of course, I needed to know if some where better than others.

"Yes, but I'm not naming names."

I guess Linda wants to continue working. Very wise.

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nan shartel May 2, 2011 @ 12:15 p.m.

as a lifelong student of Yoga i would say it brings a capacity for concentration and focus to all of life's large and small issues

but i'm prejudiced ;-D


Garrett Harris May 3, 2011 @ 11:26 p.m.

I would say you're right but why prejudiced? Are you pre-judging life or yoga? Hee hee.


nan shartel May 4, 2011 @ 11:24 a.m.

Yoga....hahahahahahaha ;-D

i'm 2 old and crafty to prejudge life


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