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Maitri Studio is venue to Befriending Performance Anxiety with Xenia

Saturday 6th November - 11.00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Maitri Studio, 4 The Mount, Belfast

Contact: Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett


Sat 6th November 2021

Befriending Performance Anxiety for Musicians with Xenia

Befriending Performance Anxiety: Practical Tips for Musicians, Performers and Teachers of All Levels


What is this?

Are you used to overcoming obstacles in life but feel puzzled when it comes to performance anxiety? Perhaps you are already comfortable speaking and presenting in public, yet unable to play or sing confidently in front of people. Or, despite your love of performing, you are simply terrified of being in the spotlight.

If you would like to build confidence to perform for others and find a sense of freedom and self-expression in your music-making, teaching, presenting or other performance, this online course is for you. During six hour-long weekly interactive sessions, we will discover a series of theoretical concepts and practical tasks that will provide you with a clear roadmap to prepare for a performance. We will 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.

The course is open to yoga teachers, musicians, actors and other creative practitioners / educators of all levels of ability and experience.

Live classes:

Stream 1 - Saturdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 11; 11am-12 noon UK time
Stream 2 - Wednesdays, November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15; 9am-10am UK time

For more information and registration:

Access is via Zoom.

Please note: we are limiting the class size to 10 participants.

About the instructor:

Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett is an internationally active concert pianist and lecturer in musical performance at the University of Nottingham. She combines her research and experience in performance anxiety with extensive accredited training as a yoga, breathwork and meditation instructor. Having studied in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Xenia holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University.

Her wellness training includes completion of a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training qualification led by Eleonora Ramsby-Herrera in 2019 (Yoga Alliance Professionals), Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness (primary and secondary levels amounting to 100 hours certified by Yoga Alliance International) with Sarah Powers in 2018 and Oxygen Advantage® functional breathing instructor training with Patrick McKeown in 2021.

In addition to performing and teaching, Xenia offers coaching on anxiety management to individuals and organisations. Her past and present clients include Ad Agio Workshops for Musicians; Facebook London; Goldsmiths, University of London; Moving on Music; Sound and Music; TU Dublin; Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Nottingham.

Photo credit: Rachel McCarthy.