(I'm honored and excited to share this recent article I just wrote for Google Play Music. Take a look below, hit play, listen, move, share with other Soundscapers and share your insights below...)
Music shapes emotion, adding to the ambience of life’s many soundtracks. It helps us drop into a moment and carries a tremendous force of creative power. Music feeds us—which is why music is especially effective during a yoga practice. It acts as a sponge that absorbs mental noise and directs energy toward the desired impact. I’ve witnessed it firsthand as a yoga teacher, longtime practitioner, and the creator of ‘Yoga Soundscape’, a yoga + meditation practice orchestrated to an eclectic range of live music. When you match movement and music thoughtfully, you bring harmony and insight to your body-mind-emotion-spirit connection that will ripple into every aspect of your life.
Ready to combine the perfect music with your yoga practice? Here are five musical qualities to inspire the rhythm of your movements and breath. Take a moment, tune-in, and feel how you need to flow today:
One of my favorite ways to move is slow and steady while aligning my intentions and bones with smooth electronica. Dive in and practice your favorite yoga sequences to Electronic Study: IDM Radio.
If you need some mental space, slow down. Find a comfortable seat, hit play, and meditate on Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation Radio. Enjoy a sweet calm while you do some restorative yoga or simply sit still and listen.
More in the mood to root and rise? Build heat and shake out the dust as you flow to Blissed-Out Beats Radio. Don’t be shy if your hips start to bounce and swing a little in down dog.
NURTURE THE SOUL
Some days the noise of life may feel like overload and you need music that’ll smooth the edges and drop you in deep. Nurture yourself with a relaxing journey: Keep Dreaming: Morning Downtempo Radio.
UPLIFT & INSPIRE
Discover a perfect balance of strength and grace in your practice. Uplift your senses and refine your focus with the eclectic blend of evocative and inspiring music on Yoga: Elevation of Spirit Radio.
So there you have it! Five awesome musical options to breathe, move, and meditate to. Each inspires a different energy, so explore the full range and enjoy the ride.
Let me know how it goes. How did the music shift your practice? Which station worked best for you? Do you have a favorite station you want to share?