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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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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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