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Which Music for Yoga?

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Music is the language of angels.” – Thomas Carlyle

Today is International Day of Yoga and World Music Day.

As an academy offering courses in the field of Sound & Music and an institute which conducts Yoga / Meditation sessions for our students, the 2 International Day of celebrations has got equal importance for us.

The purpose of yoga is to calm the fluctuations of the mind and hand-picked music can play a pivotal role to serve the purpose.  On the contrary features of loud pop music violates the principle of yoga.

Music selection for yoga practice is purely a personal choice and if you have decided to play music in yoga classes, you need time, creativity, and knowledge of the relationships between sound and body to make the right choice.

As Music is deeply correlated with Yoga to support the Yogic flow or the (emotional) impact of the asanas, today we are sharing some tips to consider while choosing music for your yoga practice.

1. Music, especially when it contains words, makes it more difficult to focus on the yoga practice.
Music is a terrific stimulant for the brain. Extensive studies show that music lights up vast swaths of your brain — not just the auditory centers, but also the emotional ones.

2. Loud music especially Pop and rock music is innately stressful.
Exposure to loudness rapidly activates your sympathetic nervous response and pours adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream.

3. Pick instrumental music that has no words.
Even the most well-meaning lyrics can hit someone in the wrong spot. And remember that lyrics in foreign languages are still lyrics.

4. Keep the volume low.
People used to hear music on their mobiles using headphones while doing yoga.
If you are using headphones,

a. Keep the volume below 60% of the full volume
b. Don’t hear the music for more than an hour using headphones.

Constant exposure to sound via heaphones can cause permanent damage to your hearing sensation in the long run. If you have to shout over the music to be heard, the music is too loud.

5. Resist the temptation to play any kind of music during the Shavasana pose.
Silence is its own music which many people seek during yoga sessions.
Let us have that vital medicine of Silence.

6. Similar to our own thoughts and ideas, music can also put us in different moods and create inner balance.
No wonder that all primitive peoples of the world know techniques and rituals to heal, influence or “enchant” with sound, words, music, and songs.  The yoga also includes sounds – and has always been.  

Even our own body is constantly in motion and in a rhythm, even if we sit still. The heart beats, the blood flows and the breath flows in and out.

Studies have found that relaxation music should meet the following criteria:

a. It should sound harmonious and even.
b. The instruments or voices used should have as little emphasis and pitch as possible.
c. The beat should be in line with that of the relaxed human pulse, it can slow down the heartbeat and respiration, tense muscles can come loose and the brain and nervous system can also calm down.

Team Sound Engineering Academy wishes a Great International Day of Yoga and World Music Day to All.

Happy Sound Engineering.

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