Music is a beautiful and wonderful addition to the perfect yoga class…some yoga teachers think. Other teachers, especially those trained in styles such as Ashtanga, believe there should be no music, or at least it should be in the background and should not be the most important part of a class.
I taught group fitness classes for the past 25 years, so needless to say, music is an integral part of my classes. There’s something about beat and rhythm that enable me to push past the discomfort of some of the poses in a class. I also find my classes flow a lot better when the music matches the moves of the students, it’s almost like they get lost in their movement, are able to stay within the moment and just be present in the room.
But each teacher is different and there is no right or wrong when it comes to having music in their class. I simply wanted to share my favorite playlist because I am getting asked quite often for the names of songs.
So, why does music motivate us?
Mark Fenske, co-author of The Winner’s Brain states:
One of music’s energizing effects comes from its ability to engage the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The activation of this system readies the body for action whenever we face a challenge in our environment.
Airways open, the heart rate accelerates, and muscles are primed to move. Auditory signals – abrupt sounds or those that suddenly increase in frequency or volume – trigger alerting responses and increase physiological arousal.
Quite often lately, I get asked about my playlist. Students stay afterward to write down some of their favorite songs, so instead of having to write everything down, I wanted to share my favorite 17 songs with you, enjoy! (these can all be found on iTunes)
Kellie's most awesome playlist for a 60 minute Hatha yoga class,