Sonny was first introduced to yoga-type stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques at the age of 10, which helped cure him of asthma. He continued using these exercises on a nightly basis which contributed to him having a successful sports career culminating in a full track and field scholorship to Adelphi University. After studying with a variety of Hatha Yoga teachers he began teaching yoga classes at Adelphi; health clubs, public schools and colleges. He also developed sports performance and stress managment programs based in part on his knowledge of yoga. He conducted these programs through his own consulting company and has helped thousands of children and adults to reduce stress and anxiety, improve health and enjoy a more relaxed life and a greater sense of well-being.
Sonny first incorporated the term “Piano Yoga” into his piano teaching and playing approach back in 2004 when he published his DVD Kit which is copyrighted with the Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA. It has a pictorial poster of Yoga Stretching exercises to do while sitting at the piano and a complete video lesson demonstrating these exercises and how to breathe diagrammatically. The entire DVD is filled with techniques and demonstrations of how to use breathing and relaxation to play piano instantly for health & well being and to enhance piano playing for all levels. This is all combined with an introduction to the chord method; improvisation techniques and playing intuitively tips. Visit http://www.PianoYogaTV.com for more Piano Yoga Tips, videos and free lessons.