Music & The Mind
Why does music have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies?
It is the most mysterious and most tangible of all forms of art.
According to doctor, psychiatrist and analyst Anthony Storr, "Music today is a deeply significant experience for a greater number of people than ever before".
At the “Adam Ellis Music Institute” we believe that the process of writing music is much deeper than simply being sat in a room, behind a screen all day, isolated from the world.
We believe that the mind plays a POWERFUL part in the creative writing process and that having a positive outlook and a clear mind can greatly improve your experience in the studio.
That's why, as a free and optional extra, each participant will have the chance to partake in Morning and Evening "Yoga and Meditation” sessions taught by our certified Yoga practitioner, Jennifer Blackburn.
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Historically yoga was more than just a method of teaching; it was a way of life.
You dedicate yourself to a lifestyle and culture, something that directly correlates with being a music producer.
By practising Yoga you can focus the mind on your breathing to quieten the constant ‘mind chatter’, relieve stress and allow you to feel relaxed and focussed.
Aside from the uplifting spiritual values, the act of Yoga can also boost your confidence.
The process works by releasing tension from your mind, so that you can feel confident about your physical body.
As your stress levels go down, energy levels improve which in turn allows you increase your energy levels.
Practicing yoga increases not only your energy, but also power, strength and endurance, whilst strengthening weak or under-activated areas of the body, including the mind.
Adam has experienced first hand the power of the mind and how detrimental it can be as a record producer.
Even today with 11 years of experience, writer's block can occur and his mind can play an important role in the how his experience in the studio will go.
Weekly Yoga sessions are a tool that has helped Adam stay focused and give him the best chance of keeping a positive outlook at all times - even when things get tough in the studio.
"I started Yoga in 2017 as a way to calm my mind and improve focus physical as well as mental strength.
As little as 1 session a week makes me feel empowered and helps me have a clear and positive outlook on life and my career."
In combination with yoga, Adam continues to be creative and one of the ways in which he avoids blocks in his creativity is through meditation.
Being the creative person that Adam is, he finds it hard to switch his mind off, with ideas and projects constantly running through his brain.
Meditation allows him time to reflect on projects and can reset his mind in order to see things in a new light.
This technique allows Adam to approach his music in a different way and helps him overcome certain issues that he may be facing with the record.
"Mindfulness meditation is a great technique to learn to help improve creativity.
It has side effects which have been shown to reduce the reactivity of the reptilian brain, increase resilience, stimulate the neocortex, as well as improve emotional intelligence."
Meditation is a core part of Adams life and a driving force in allowing his mind to focus and deliver his best work.
As a community in the ‘Adam Ellis Music Institute’ you have the opportunity to engage in meditation sessions to focus on the mind and maximize creativity.
We want to create the BEST learning experience possible, and meditation can only add to your overall experience.
As a free, optional extra, each participant will have the chance to partake in Morning and Evening "Yoga and Meditation” sessions taught by our certified Yoga practitioner, Jennifer Blackburn.
"Meditation innovated my thinking and pushed creativity throughout my career, now it is part of my life and in my daily routine."