Yoga is a practice that dates back to at least 5.000 years old, some say even more. Since then, it has been one of the key tools of humanity; improved by millions of people, understood better by the help of science, and even helped science back by understanding the anatomy of our bodies along with many other things… As of today, it is being practiced in countless ways and still there are some certain things that almost every Yogi would agree on. However when it comes to Yoga and Music, there are very different opinions regarding the focus, mood & consciousness related reasons. Does it make a person lose attention? Do the melodies interfere with the flow? Can a song bring back the old memories and hold back the mind at some point?..
It certainly depends from individual to individual and also depends on the mood, the type of music, the purpose of the session etc. So, by holding in mind that the practice of Yoga is essentially related to focus, we suggest you to do whatever it is that makes you feel the most comfortable to maintain your focus. To bring another perspective to your practice, we suggest you to practice with music, if you haven’t already done so or haven’t been to a yoga class with music.
Against the idea of music being a possible distraction, if you think from the point that music has been one of the most amazing concepts, that dates back even older than Yoga, even maybe older than languages, it is possible to have a good session with an ancient meditative tool that fits the flow of your body and mind. It is for sure that music has a healing effect in all of us in many ways, so two meditative concepts can be harmonized in a good way, if you pay the necessary attention to it. Both, Yoga and music, are concepts related to the vibrations, which puts the person to a meditative state, in unique but somehow similar ways. The best example to understand this concept is very simple; “OM”.
One of the key points of Yoga is the sound “OM” (or “AUM”). This magical Sanskrit word is one of the most amazing chants that attracts and guides people, especially Yogis, in many ways. It hides a huge amount of information related to mystical and scientific details. One of the coolest things is that “AUM” represents all the possible sounds that can be made by a human voice, “A” as the throat sound, “M” as the lip sound and “U” in the middle as the sound we make starting from the throat to the lips. These 3 letters are also visualized in the ancient and iconic symbol, as the bottom curve (A), middle curve (U) and the upper curve (M). It also has a 4th part in the end, silence. There are many opinions related to the Sanskrit language and the ancient religious beliefs whether it is OM or AUM, however just realizing that AUM becomes OM while you are spelling it makes both of them acceptable for us ☺
We will give more information about this fascinating symbol in the upcoming days. From the Yoga perspective, this chant is the perfect way of balancing your vibration through your body to your mind. You might say that chanting “OM” is a mini-meditation itself, from the beginning to the last vibrations you feel on your lips while you spell the “M”. Then you become ready to start transmitting that vibration to your body with your first pose. And at the end of your session, it is a respectful and meaningful way of finishing your meditation.
Many Yogis like to keep this vibrational & meditative support by continuing their sessions with music. Some like to use lyrical songs to assist their flows, some like to listen live & organic instruments that bring Indian melodies to their class, some like classical or natural sounds to chill their mind, while some like to stay connected to the city vibes with R&B or Old Rock’n’Roll classics.
So, we propose you to give a chance to try practising Yoga with some music when you find a chance. Try to remember that, focus is still the priority, so try to find the best type of sound that fits for your meditative moments.
And when it comes to music, we know that it is an endless sea, in which each one of us love to get lost in from time to time; in an infinite amount of genres. That’s why, we have tried to make some selections from this endless sea, to assist you through this meditative & musical journey.
For the beginning, we avoided lyrical or too much attention grabbing songs, and focused on soft merge of Eastern & Western melodies. The songs in the playlists are meant to hopefully harmonize with your flow.
In our new Spotify account, apart from the playlists that can go along with your Yoga sessions, you may also find some selections for the times you need to relax after a Yoga class or before sleeping hours.
One way or another, we just hope to add some nice melodies to your meditation or chill-out times. Please let us know what types music or songs you like to listen to in your meditative moments!