Yoga and Music
The Standard interviewed me for March Music Month and my upcoming event that features DJ Prolifik Wave with my yoga class. Here are my responses to how yoga and music are connected and how we can use music as a powerful tool of transformation.
Does music relate to Yoga, and if so how?
Do you ever listen to a great song and feel uplifted? Or listen to a sad song and get a little teary? Our emotional/energetic body is greatly affected by sound. Our bodies are simply made up of cells that are responsive to a series of vibrations or frequencies. Through music and sound we can raise our vibrations literally on a cellular level in order to shift energy. This is exactly what we do in yoga, shifting our bio-chemical makeup and energetic frequencies through asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing). Combining yoga with sound is a powerful way to align, open, and connect.
As the great BKS Iyengar says
“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” –B.K.S. Iyengar
What is your take on having a DJ for Yoga class?
Having a DJ in class is amazing because the only constant we have is change. How awesome to have music that can vibe with the class and dynamically shift just as you do, creating and re-creating with every breath.
Does Music add anything to a Yoga class, if so what?
Our connection to music is key, vibing with the tunes as a group (sangha) cultivating energy, is a powerful tool to take your practice deep. Music helps conjure motivation in times of struggle, surrender in in moments of tension, and balance in moments of imbalance allowing us to transcend limitations.
What music do you like for a class?
Anyone who comes to my classes knows I like to play a mix of my favorite tunes of almost every genre keeping it fresh. I’m lucky to work with local music industry experts, The Black Key Group, to play the latest and best tunes. I post all my music playlists on Spotify so students who like the music can tune in on their own!