Yoga and music

Is there a reason for the music being played in a yoga class? Could the music be a tool for deeper states of awareness? Or for creating ecstatic states and a more compassionate connection to yourself..

There is definitely a connection between spiritual practices and music. It has been used for ages as a tool to bridge the gap between the deeper layers of internal awareness. “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” — Ludwig van Beethoven

For me, music should bring focus and allow stronger concentration to your breath and how it moves through your body. But would it really just be boring to listen to yourself breathing without any music? I feel that not just for the person new to yoga but even long time yogis, getting lost in thought is very common. No matter where you are in your journey, it takes Compassion for yourself to move on and return focus to the present.

My perspective is that Music should be chosen and played with intention. Whether it’s to relate to the geographical location and setting or to stimulate brain frequencies, it will be felt by the students on a deeper level.

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