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Xenia Pestova Bennett

Xenia creates bespoke sessions to calm and balance anxiety and stress, including with yin yoga and qi gong

Currently all of Xenia's classes and workshops are online, so you can join her from anywhere!

Springtime Boost Yin and Yang Yoga with Xenia | from 10th March Wednesdays 6-7pm

This block of weekly online yoga classes will focus on toning and strengthening the body with graded sequencing that can be adapted to your own pace and level. The first part of each session will help build upper body and core strength and prepare us for the stilling and calming held yin poses. The yin yoga segment in the second part of each session will be specifically selected to compliment the energies of the season (Spring!) in order to strengthen the immune system, nourish inner organs and boost the health of deep tissues and joints. We will enhance our practice with breathwork to stimulate circulation in the body and calm the mind, finishing each hour with complete relaxation.

Wednesdays 6-7pm, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March and 14th April (please note: no class on the 7th of April).

Open to all levels of experience.

Price: £30 for five sessions. Please contact Xenia directly to register.

Functional Breathing for Musicians | Online, Saturday 10th April 2-3pm

As musicians, we rarely really stop to think about how we breathe (unless perhaps we are singers or players of woodwind / brass instruments). However, even those of us who are trained in maximum breath efficiency during performance are still not as likely to question our breathing at rest and while going through our daily lives. Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett offers musicians somes simple and practical tips on what to do before, during and after your performance and how to find joy in playing for others. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Details and booking here.

Befriending Performance Anxiety | Online, Saturdays from 17th April 11-12pm

This is a five-week block of online practical tips for musicians of all levels. Join Xenia to build confidence to perform for others and find a sense of freedom and self-expression in your music-making or teaching. During five hour-long weekly interactive sessions, you will discover a series of theoretical concepts and practical tasks that will provide you with a clear roadmap to prepare for a performance. Explore the physiology of the anxiety mechanism and the “tool shed” concept of approaches in depth (including movement, functional breathing and focus), introduce cognitive rehearsal strategies and investigate links between anxiety and nutrition.

Saturdays 17th and 24th April and 1st, 8th and 15th May 2021 11am-12pm.

Details and booking here.

About Xenia

Xenia Pestova Bennett brings a unique perspective to her yoga practice and teaching. She is an internationally-active concert pianist, university lecturer and anxiety coach. She combines her extensive performing and recording experience with wellbeing approaches to create bespoke sessions that calm and balance anxiety and stress. Having studied in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Xenia holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University. Her wellness teachers include Eleonora Ramsby-Herrera (Hatha Yoga), Sarah Powers (Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness) and Jeff Cushing (Qi Gong).

In addition to teaching music, yoga and breathwork, Xenia delivers private and group sessions on anxiety management for individuals and organisations. Her past clients and collaborators include Ad Agio Musicians’ Workshops, Facebook London, Moving on Music, Sound and Music, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Nottingham.

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Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546