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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Jan 15, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Kimberly Hankins, discusses the multiple benefits of breathwork.  She elaborates on:

  • How she came to discover yoga and breathwork and how it helped her discover her own voice
  • How the breath is central to all systems in the body and to how we interact with the world
  • How Breathwork affects the nervous system
  • Why the goal is not always to be calm: the goal is to react to stress in an appropriate way
  • The difference between pranayama and other different styles of breathwork
  • How breathwork can help musicians in their various functions
  • … and much more!

Dr Hankins is also going to guides us through a couple of breathing exercises that you can easily replicate as needed!


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Kimberly Hankins is a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher and Breathwork Facilitator. Combining her passions for both music and yoga, she performs sound meditations on viola and helps musicians find freedom while performing through movement, meditation, and breathwork. As a Musicians Wellness Content Creator, she works to remove the stigma associated with playing-related injuries, chronic pain, and mental health-related issues.





5 Step-By-Step Breathing Exercises For Beginners:

Sukha Purvaka Pranayama:

The Power of Breathing: 4 Pranayama Techniques Worth Practicing:

Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation:

Wim Hof method:




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A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting