writing at Vanderbilt University,
Haney reflects, “Even if I can’t do
yoga every day, I can go on a walk or
set the phone down for an hour. It’s
good for art, and it’s good for every
Emily Martin, a music professor
and director of the Bucknell Opera
Theatre, also advocates yoga breathing
and simple movements as a way for
students to fully engage in their art.
She discovered yoga about 10 years ago,
while singing with the Santa Fe Opera.
“It evolved into something that really
helped me with performance anxiety
and my vocal mechanism,” she says.
Meditation and yoga enable her to
“calm my breath and get as much
breath as I can for singing,” Martin
says. “It allows an even keel when
practicing, so I can make the journey
through a singing recital and feel
actively involved in the moment.”
Though she doesn’t incorporate
yoga in her classes, she does recommend
it to some students. When she noticed
Chloe D’Addio ’ 17 struggling with
performance anxiety, Martin recom-
mended she start each day by doing a
few sun salutations.
D’Addio, who’d practiced yoga most
of her life, had been caught up in the
new-student whirl and had abandoned
it when she began at Bucknell.
“Emily was my catalyst for returning
to yoga,” says D’Addio. “Now if I have
a really rough day or am stressed out
about a performance or an exam, I
take a small break and do a few asanas
[yoga movements] or ujjayi breathing.
“I had forgotten how much of a
positive impact my practice had on
me. It makes me a more balanced
performer, more aware of my own
body in space and more conscious
of my breath,” she adds. “It’s helped
me become a more grounded and a
Chloe D’Addio ’ 17 (left), in a 2014
Bucknell Opera Theatre production
of Company, finds yoga calming.
Tom Krozner ’ 16 is at right.
“Poetry is about persistence and
pushing through things. Yoga is a
great metaphor,” says McCallum.