“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” -B.K.S. Iyengar.
We here at YogaDownload.com believe music enhances the yoga experience. Both music and yoga touch on the physical, mental, and emotional levels of our beings. Sound is integral in many schools of yoga, like Ashtanga, where classes begin and end with chanting and mantras woven into the practice. The power of sound is vital in yoga, whether you are focusing on mantra, chanting, instruments like the harmonium, or a well-curated playlist.
With or without yoga, sound is a deeply healing modality. If you’ve ever experienced a sound healing with crystal bowls, you know how profoundly it resonates within your heart. Music can act as a time travel tool––a song can leapfrog you to a particular moment in time in a mere few notes. Whether a melody reminds you of a beloved family member, a bad date, or the happiest time in your life, music can penetrate the layers into your soul.
Music evokes emotion and yoga helps us access and release the feelings which may be trapped in our bodies. For example, yogic philosophy teaches that past trauma and stress can lodge in our hips and pelvis, around the first and second chakras. Through creating space and openings in our physical bodies, we can release trauma. If certain music can help you find your meditative flow sooner, you can let go of that which weighs you down.
When you combine music and yoga, you create a more potent experience. Both the music and the practice provide energy on levels which we cannot see, but can definitely feel within. When skillfully created, a playlist can aid in energizing you, calming you, and helping you find the profound inner peace and joy we all seek through our yoga practice.
Whether practicing yoga with music is new to you or your preference, we encourage you to give this week’s classes a try! We’ve got some special classes, two from our Electronic Music Sessions, with Elise and Ali, and two classes from years past that incorporate special live music element. Let the music move you, and step into the flow!
Relaxing & Nourishing Slow Flow with Elise Fabricant
Smile Meditation with Ali Duncan
Eric Paskel - Soulful Flow: Live with Love
Tyrone Beverly - Energy Flow
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