I’ve been secretly doing this experiment with students during class… observing their practice with music and without. I’ll take it a bit further.. type of music…”yoga” music and “non-yoga” music. It’s interesting! Needless to say, it’s a half half crowd. Some like it. Some don’t.
The question is: if you need music, why are you dependent on it? if you need silence, why are you dependent on it. My answer: It shouldn’t matter. Really! It’s all about your reaction. Practice presence no matter what the environment is… or what I said in class one night, “if you don’t like the music, deal with it.”
Distractions are just another opportunity to live your yoga. Today I am inspired by music. Here’s my playlist today (90 mins):
Thank You – Alanis Morissette
Mellow Beats – unknown artist
Yes I Will – Michael Franti
Let it Be – Madonna
True to Myself – Ziggy Marley
I Can Be – Taio Cruz
Be the Change – MC Yogi
Give a Little More – Maroon 5
Got to Be Real – Mary J. Blige & Will Smith
Black is the Night – DJ Vadim featuring Katherin DeBoer
Give Love – MC Yogi
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Baba Hanuman- Krishna Das
Sita Ram – Krishna Das
Heart as Wide as the World – Krishna Das
By Your Grace – Krishna Das
After hearing the music beat and my breath jump, savasana in utter silence is so meaningful!
My favorite from the list is Be The Change by MC Yogi (I was there at Wanderlust and it was amazing!):
BTW, this was inspired by Studio Rincon (where I teach a few classes). They turn it up, YogaRok. It’s fun, upbeat and then utter silence. So cool!