Kimberly Hankins is a RYT200 Yoga Instructor specializing in Yoga for Musicians, Vinyasa, Buti Yoga, and Merge: The Practice. She runs a membership based online studio called The Aligned Musician through Patreon [app available on iphone and google play] where she offers live classes, as well as an extensive video library, for musicians and anyone wanting to deepen their yoga practice.
Kimberly started teaching movement, functional anatomy, and injury prevention classes specifically for musicians in August 2019, when she co-founded the Movement for Musicians workshop series at Arizona State University. She is a RYT200 with over 100hrs of continuing education, a Level 1 Merge: The Practice Instructor, and has a special interest in pranayama (yogic breathing practices).
A violist and violinist, Kimberly plans to graduate in December with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University and is a substitute violist with the Phoenix Symphony. She received a Performance Diploma in Solo Viola Repertoire, and a Master of Music Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, and Iceland.
In 2009, while preparing for her Senior Recital and graduate school auditions, Kimberly developed tendinitis in her left shoulder. Finding a hot yoga studio nearby and dedicating herself to daily practice, she was able to recover much faster than her health care provider had predicted. Since then, Kimberly has been very interested in the mind-body connection and has explored a variety of exercise, martial arts, and yogic practices.
Kimberly uses her knowledge of anatomy and physiology in her approach toward teaching both music and yoga, and strongly believes that awareness is the key to improvement in any area of life. Her goals are to always expand her practice and share her love of yoga, music, and movement. As a Musician and Yoga Instructor, she often provides improvised live music during savasana.
RYT200 Vinyasa Yoga
Merge The Practice - Level 1
Buti Yoga: Advanced Buti, Primal Flow, Hot Buti, Deep, Sculpt, Bands, HotCore
American Red Cross: First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers
EFT and TFT Practitioner
Primary Yoga Teachers
Bizzie Gold, Anton Mackey, Crystal Palermo, Kate Seymour, Stephanie Bard.
Arizona State University, DMA Viola Performance, (2020)
- Mindfulness Leadership Certificate Course
- NASM Prep Course
- SKY Meditation Club
Indiana University, MM Viola Performance, 2017
- Postural Alignment for Musicians
- Stott Pilates IMP Certification Course
Indiana University, PD Solo Viola, 2016
University of Arizona, BM Viola Performance, 2011
Active Member of
American Viola Society
Arizona Music Educators Association
National Association of Music Education
International Reiki Organization
Continuing Education + Additional Training
Breath is Life: Breathing and Meditation Course, The Life Awareness Project
Essentials of Performing Arts Med: Arts Educator (Instrumental Music), PAMA
Happiness Program, The Art of Living
Learning How To Learn: Powerful Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects, McMaster University & University of California San Diego
Positive Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Work Smarter Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity, University of California, Irvine