Bridge (Pose) Over Troubled Water: Yoga in Music Therapy with Jennifer Hicks, MM, MT-BC

Jennifer Hicks is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC); a licensed vocal, instrumental, and classroom music educator; a Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a retired therapy dog Pet Partner. Jennifer is the owner of Joyful Noises LLC, where her mission is to utilize music therapy and yoga to inspire and empower others to experience and create joy in their lives, regardless of circumstances, age or ability level.

With almost twenty years of experience working as a music therapist and educator, Jennifer is able to bring both expertise and creative flexibility to help her clients meet their personal musical and non-musical goals. With her additional training and experience in yoga and adaptive yoga, she is able to add movement to her sessions to enhance and expand the opportunities and benefits available for her clients.

In this Mindstorm Monthly Jennifer shares:

  • 6:00 – An opening mindfulness exercise
  • 14:00 – What is yoga?
  • 18:00 – Research in yoga and music therapy
  • 22:00 – Her background, and how she began to incorporate another passion into her work as a music therapist
  • 25:00 – A discussion of the levels of yoga training and certification, and WHY it’s important to receive training
  • 28:00 – How to begin to use movement intentionally
  • 32:00 – How our viewers already use movement in their work
  • 34:00 – A ‘typical’ session incorporating yoga with music therapy
  • 37:00 – Importance of alignment and spine health
  • 41:00 – Useful resources from the Yoga Therapy Center
  • 44:00 – How to incorporate Sun Salutations easily into a session
  • 47:00 – Incorporating intentional movement in sensory groups
  • 50:00 – The importance of breathing and guided imagery with clients who have experienced trauma
  • 54:00 – How to use ‘grounding’ with bed-bound patients
  • 56:00 – Importance of how music is intentionally used throughout her work
  • 60:00 – Conclusion and resources
  • You can find the handout and slides from this presentation on Jennifer’s website: www.joyfulnoisesllc.com

Helpful comments + resources discussed during the webinar:

Gail: Hello from Central New York – MT-BC and Yoga enthusiast. I find movement very useful in my MT practice.

Kaleigh Thomas, MT-BC: Gawande – “Being Mortal”

Manal: I use movement with kids with autism/down’s syndrome, mostly receptive action songs. I also use movement with older adults in a psychiatric group inpatient setting. I use familiar songs, sometimes recordings, so I can model movements such as marching, reaching up high, moving shoulders, etc.

Susan: I teach deep breathing and mindfulness for decreasing anxiety in the medical setting

JoAnn: Often incorporate rhythmic movement to music in my senior living groups.

Gail: I use brain/body movement techniques such as Brain Dance and Brain Gym to stimulate the brain, increase alertness and promote motor skills.

Lisa: I use breath, posture cues, and gentle range of motion in my weekly music therapy exercise group with seniors

Rachel P: I’m a Music Therapist and work with individuals with dual diagnosis. I work on relaxation techniques to assist with anxiety and to help with distraction from cravings.

Marlo: i play live music for a donation based yoga group benefiting City of Hope Cancer research. The amazing instructor wrote this fantastic book (I work primarily in palliative care hospice, but still has a lot to offer): http://www.amazon.com/Asanas-Autism-Special-Needs-Self-Regulation/dp/1849059888

Karina: I have used PMR with a group of adults with special needs, and have also used PMR for a 6 y.o with a neurologic disorder, he asked for it again once, but after that, he let me know he liked more cool-down type of activities.

Jan: The yoga calm books are excellent. They come to MPls to do workshops and trainings I purchased two Hoberman spheres that aid in rhythmic breathing. Highly recommemd them.

Karina: I learned in my internship that if you can incorporate movement at all to an intervention, do it! as chances are that this will help to REALLY engrain whatever skill you are teaching even more.

Here’s what our live viewers are taking away from this webinar:

Cáitlín O’Reilly: More breathwork for my clients and myself. Breathing is a great tool for many hospice patients.

Dana: Thank you Ladies! This was my first webinar and it was great! I can’t wait to incorporate more intentional movement in my classes!

JoAnn: I feel more empowered to use breathing and movement with many of my clients.

Marianne: Great tips for using adaptive yoga for dementia residents in wheelchairs!

Lucille: more breathwork with clients is my take-away as well

Nancy: The grounding concept was interesting and a keeper for me.

Susan Jette: I incorporate mindfulness, yoga, breathwork, and drumming in my work with Forensic adult patients here at Napa State Hospital. I have a patient who is paid to be my co-provider!

Lisa: Love the great information – very validating and inspiring!

Janelle: I just love this reminder of movement with intentionality!! Lifting the heart is a good reminder for my self after spednig lots of time in my car and leaning over the guitar

Tayler: I’m interested in starting a yoga program in my juvenile detention center. I would love to incorporate music therapy as well.

Susan Jette: Namaste right back at you!

Pam: This was terrific. Thanks so much. I will employ breathing, lifting the heart, grounding and namaste into my MT groups at a Senior Day Care.

Kathy: Such a pleasure to see how you have grown in your music therapy and added yoga over all these years!! Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job for us as well as all of your clients! ????


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