Music and Yoga: February 2014

Music- it is said to soothe the soul, the only medicine the heart needs. Music can lift spirits, and energize the body. Great minds such as Confucius say “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without” and Plato said “Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything”. Music is very personal yet universal; it brings together communities yet has a different effect on every individual depending on the song, the mood, the moment. The power of music is awesome. Music is my everything, and I find in yoga, when the music is right, my soul transcends into another dimension.

When I practice yoga, I find when music is playing my practice is complete. When the room fills up with soothing voices, or melodic sounds, my practice becomes more spiritual. I feel a connection to the universe and my heart is full of joy. Sometimes when I hear a song, I am reminded of a memory or a person, and my thoughts get lost in that recollection. And though I know being present in the moment is important during the practice, I relish those memories. Certain songs are more powerful than others, but overall every song that I hear while practicing has an effect on me. The ideal situation is when the instructor’s musical taste matches mine, but I also appreciate everyone’s individual style. I think it says a lot about the person and gives a glimpse into their personal lives.

Ironically, when I practice at home, I do not listen to music, unless it is playing during the guided practice on TV. I’m not sure why I have never set up my environment to make it more soothing, actually I never thought about it until now. I find it odd that I never thought of it, especially when it is so powerful in the studio. It is something I am going to start doing though, and without a doubt it will make my home practice more complete.   In this moment, I am so grateful for the gift of music, and for my ability to be able to hear it.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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