Dr. Brianne Borden, founder of Finding Your Center, also serves as co-owner and CEO of Yoga for All Musicians LLC, a virtual yoga studio created to cater to the specific emotional and physical needs of musicians. Furthermore, Brianne is author of e-book, Yoga for Musicians: A Practical Guide to Common Yoga Techniques for Musicians – much of which was built upon from her doctoral research. This research has been the focal point of Finding Your Center and clinic teachings, having presented at numerous universities and conferences around the country, including Colburn Conservatory, Ithaca College, University of North Dakota, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, among many more.
As an ERYT and YACEP certified yoga instructor, Brianne has been teaching yoga for six years and actively leads teacher trainings in multiple formats. She has held the position as Programming Manager through CorePower Yoga Phoenix, where she also leads trainings and teaches weekly classes.
Brianne is an avid trumpet soloist, freelance and private studio teacher within the Phoenix valley, alongside founding and serving as personnel manager for the Phoenix Brass Collective. She graduated from Arizona State University with a DMA in Trumpet Performance, after receiving her Master’s from the University of Colorado Boulder and Bachelor’s from SUNY Potsdam.
My Yoga Story
Yoga first came into my life at a young age when my mom started taking me to yoga classes regularly (spanning from Iyengar, to restorative, to Anusara). While I enjoyed this time with my awesome mom, my pre-teen brain didn’t quite process all of the benefits that I was receiving through the practice. I continued to practice with her through high school, but stopped when I began college because I was simply “just too busy” (sound familiar?). As a highly competitive person with an inclination towards perfection, I began practicing and playing my trumpet many hours of the day without much thought as to how I was playing. This ineffective use of my time and body led to tendonitis in my shoulders and lateral epicondylitis in my forearms, while my perfectionism and competitive spirit led me down the hole of performance anxiety and self-doubt.
Fortunately, I started seeing a physical therapist for my injuries who encouraged me to attend yoga. While I went to school in a small town with not a single yoga studio, Potsdam was lucky to have one Kundalini yoga instructor (whose class was attended frequently by one of my most influential mentors/professors) and an amazing counseling center that offered free yoga and meditation. My mentor and I started going to yoga together, and I finally started to see the incredible benefits yoga had to offer me. I realized if I was getting something out of this, so many other musicians could benefit as well. As I explored moving towards my master’s degree, I committed to participating in a 200 hour certification wherever I ended up, and I did just that! I moved to Boulder, CO and signed up for a yoga teacher training immediately. Nurtured by the yoga community I found and the Musician’s Wellness program at Colorado University, my passion for yoga continued to grow. A few years later, I am now teaching regularly and hope that what I have learned over the years can help you, too. I look forward to continuing to learn and share as I complete my doctorate degree and write my dissertation on Yoga for Musicians, a topic I care about deeply.