rock star kelsey kopecky takes yoga on the road
posted: November 4, 2013
selfie, music, yoga and family (courtesy Kelsey’s Instagram)
The sole female member of American indie-rock group Kopecky Family Band (think: an edgy, 21st century Fleetwood Mac type of sound), Kelsey Kopecky has said that rock star life for her is about late nights, early mornings… obsessive flossing and yoga? Sounds like our kind of girl!
The vintage fashion-loving Tennessee beauty takes five minutes out of her 29-date tour of the US to talk to us about her musical awakening and how her yoga practice (did we mention she’s toured with fellow yogi Michael Franti?) keeps her centred on the road.
Tell us about your introduction to yoga.
“It was through Bikram. A new studio opened here in Nashville, and as I was already a runner I thought it would be a good thing to try. But it became my first experience of setting an intention for my workout, almost like a physical prayer. I still love a good Bikram class here and there, but I have been so inspired by other styles, Vinyasa yoga in particular. It’s also been fun to blend styles together and create my own practice to bring on the road.”
How do you keep up your practice when you’re touring?
“It’s hard because there are so many unknowns and I can’t schedule time for it, so I try to bring my yoga to everything I do. When you’re travelling so much, the biggest thing is being present. You’re always thinking about where you’re headed next, so taking a minute to really just be and allow whatever peace is available to settle in is my thing. If I get to do ten sun salutations and some stretching when I roll out my matt behind my keyboard, great, but a lot of the time my practice is just sitting and breathing and allowing my mind to have a little vacation for a second.”
Where do you find your amazing vintage stage costumes?
“My favourite thing is going through my mum’s closet! She’s held onto a lot of things. And my Grandmother taught me to thrift shop when I was six or seven. We’d go and pick up vinyl LPs, and she’d teach me about clothes from the different decades. She had such an impactful role in terms of teaching me about the history of music and how fashion intersects with that.”
Do you wear your yoga clothes on the road?
“Yes. In the van, my yoga clothes, travel clothes and what I sleep in are kind of like a one-stop-shop. You can only pack a few things. And, I’m happy to say, my Lulus have stood the test of time—some of my pieces have been through tour after tour.”
So what’s your favourite piece?
“I just saw the Wandering Yogi tank online, which I will definitely be getting. But I’m obsessed with just the standard yoga pants—I live in them. They’re so comfortable, and so flattering.”
What have been your biggest musical influences?
“I remember the first time I realized music can be a spiritual experience. I was watching footage of the Newport Music Festival from 1976 or something, and Janis Joplin was on stage. She was so strong, and showing a side of the feminine that was so powerful and moving I was absolutely blown away. I was like, ‘That is what I want music to be for me.’ Honest, vulnerable…and if it gets ugly it gets ugly, but at least it’s real. Music is so powerful, and we have this opportunity to bring light and fun to life and make people feel their emotions. It’s like, in what other job do you get to do that?”
Do you have a persona that you step into on stage?
“We do this huddle before we go on stage together as a band. We hug and either say a prayer or I’ll lead the guys in a breathing exercise, and we set an intention for the show. I think doing that allows us to really treat each show as a new opportunity, which has kept things fresh for us. People ask if I get bored singing the same songs night after night, but through my yoga practice I’m aware of being able to channel the authenticity of that song every time, which also keeps it fresh.”
How else has yoga impacted your life?
“It’s so funny how yoga is really in all things. I see it in the way I work with my band mates or the way I write songs. And I’m so thankful I have this, because while my surroundings are forever changing I always see the world through the lens of yoga. It’s like if I really do believe that all things are connected and all people are divine, then wow, that changes things! It’s such a beautiful thing.”
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