I like to have light music playing during my yoga classes. This is the Wonder Yoga playlist that I’m currently using in my yoga sessions. Most recently I’ve been compiling tracks that have no lyrics or a little Sanskrit.
The playlist is arranged to complement the energy level of the class. Background music also adds a sensory element which I believe can help to anchor the ‘monkey mind’.
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Using music in yoga
Not all yoga teachers choose to use music. I believe that it comes down to personal preferences and the intentions of the yoga teacher. My main focus is on creating a safe space for my class. I know that each participant is potentially arriving with a mind full of worries, to-dos, information, obligations, excitement, and emotions.
A quiet space can be confronting for a mind that is conditioned to distraction. A yoga playlist — paced well and playing at a low, comfortable level — is a buffer a wandering mind, enabling practitioners to practice focused awareness.
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Here is an excerpt from an article on the Wanderlust website: What Happens to the Brain on Music and Yoga
Listening to music and practising yoga are activities that despite their differences and origins are inherently similar: They make us feel good and enhance our wellbeing. They both speak the universal language of love. Music is as old as the human race and has remained a constant through the evolution of culture within our species. And just like yoga, studies have shown that music has physiological benefits as well.
A meta-analysis of 400 studies in the journal, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, suggests that music can decrease anxiety and lower cortisol more effectively in patients about to undergo surgery than those who took anti-anxiety drugs. Though more research is needed, science has begun to realize and prove the medicinal properties of music. Recent studies have also shown that music can allow a person to enter what’s become widely recognized as a “flow state,” a term coined by the renowned psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.”