Sadie Nardini has performed at Wanderlust events around the world and now has a brand new course on Wanderlust TV produced in partnership with Backline to promote the mental, emotional and physical health of tour musicians and those who support them. Get a free 14-day trial to try out Sadie’s short and powerful exercises in Backline: Rock Your Total Fitness.
WL: You’re an accomplished yoga teacher who embodies the rock star vibe, but a lot of people may not know it is you actually in a rock band. Tell us a little bit about how you stand in the moonlight as a rocker.
SN: Long before I became a yoga teacher, I was always in a band. In high school, I was the lead singer in a Guns n ’Roses cover band, and even when my yoga star rose, there was never a time I wasn’t on the microphone.
My current project is Sadie & The Tribe: good old trashy, melodic, guitar-driven rock & roll.
I have another voice within me beyond the yoga teacher – one that roars – and the songs we write give me this original outlet!
We have traveled the world writing and performing, and this year more music is being released on Spotify and all platforms.
WL: Given your touring experience, you’ll have a lot of insight into the invisible pressures that touring professionals face. What are some of the toughest things professional musicians (and their crew) face in everyday life on the street?
SN: People who are not musicians think that life is just glamor when in reality it is mostly grind. Being on the go can be brutal for the body and mind, even with the comfortable tour bus.
Even more important is it for musicians and crew to radically take care of their bodies and mental health while basically sitting for hours, moving heavy equipment or, if you’re the performer, going on stage to take care of your physical and mental health Blasting energy in a way that’s epically exhilarating – and incredibly draining!
WL: You publish a new course on Wanderlust TV in support of Backline. Why does their mission resonate with you? How would you like to see post-pandemic touring musicians absorb some of your somatic and mindfulness teachings?
SN: We’ve all just gone through hell. This was a worldwide pandemic that the history books will teach about long after we die! Add to that the added amount of fear imposed on artists and crews, many of whom suddenly lost their livelihoods. I know: I was on stage in LA in February 2020 in front of hundreds of celebrities from the music industry, enjoying a ton of potential opportunities and then suddenly – the lights went out.
Artists and crew need to take care of their bodies and minds in a unique way. Ultimately, we are creatives who also need to build superhuman perseverance to do what we do well.
The partnership with Wanderlust and Backline is something I thought I would never see: wellness care for musicians and their network! It’s as important to us as it is to anyone, and I am honored to be a part of helping my musical family meet my movement.
WL: Your new course on WLTV is a wide range of modalities: HIIT, meditation, yoga and somatic stretches. By presenting a bag of short tools not only to musicians but also to anyone returning to a professional life with travel or long work hours, would you like to lower the barrier to entry so that each of these modalities could be a gateway to delve deeper into a different area?
SN: Necessarily. Each of these sessions are short enough that anyone with limited time can do them, but they are all based on my anatomical expertise, so a 15 minute session can provide the results and benefits of a much longer class!
Since the sessions are separate, but can also be mixed and combined into longer courses, it is my intention that these become a gateway to rock your entire body / mind fitness more consistently and powerfully!
WL: If you could reach a talented artist who is struggling with mental health problems, what would you say to that person?
SN: I’ve been there and I know it’s all too easy to find unhealthy coping mechanisms – like drugs, alcohol, partying, avoidance, getting stuck – to manage the stress and inconvenience of creating on such a bold and demanding level.
The sessions I have designed will help shake up lethargy, reduce negativity, recharge your batteries, and refocus your body and soul. I told them, “Give me 15 minutes and give these sessions a try.” They work on all your levels to quickly get you back into the shape, mood, and daily balance that we artists need most.
Sadie Nardini is the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga®, an anatomically enhanced style of yoga, and The Yoga Shred®, a more joint-safe HIIT + yoga fitness style, both designed to inspire and empower students of all ages and abilities, those to rock who you are. She is the founder and entrepreneur of digital yoga and fitness classes. Sadie is also non-binary (she / she or she) and is the lead singer of the rock band Sadie & The Tribe. Sadie currently resides in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her three kittens: Bowie, Freddie, and Annie.
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