Practice yoga with or without music, what do you prefer?
Convenient harmony can contribute to relaxation but deciding to do yoga with or without music, always and in all circumstances, is a personal matter. Some say that music distracts and complicates concentration, while others see it as a good tool for meditation. Get to know the drawbacks and advantages of yoga with music and decide.
Breathe slowly and slowly, perform concrete postures and movements (asanas), become aware of your own body while releasing stress and tension? These are techniques and objectives of this millenary oriental practice that has more followers all over the world day after day. The great masters of yoga assure that music can be a great complement, but always and at all times it will depend on each person and how they respond to the sound stimulus.
In general, a gentle harmony helps relaxation, but when it comes to thinking, it can become a distraction that makes the inner journey of yoga more difficult. Before deciding whether to train with or without music, it is recommended that you consider each and every one of the possibilities and pay attention to their primary advantages and disadvantages.
Which music to choose for yoga?
There are different modalities of yoga and some are uniquely suitable for practicing them with music if you feel like it. In the varieties that involve more movement, such as Hatha Yoga or Active Yoga, music is generally a good complement that makes this continuous movement more fluid and harmonious. There are also people who, by listening to certain sounds such as mantra, find it easier to disconnect from everything around them and deepen their meditation.
Whatever the mode you have chosen, if you want to accompany the yoga session with music you must be clear that it is not worth any melody. When choosing music for yoga, keep in mind:
- The first goal of music in yoga is to assist relaxation. Sounds that are loud or too catchy do not achieve this end. You know, no hard rock, no summer song.
- Better without lyrics. The lyrics of a song will inadvertently direct the thoughts of your psyche and it will be really difficult to focus on hearing your breathing leaving behind everything but your inner planet.
- Soft, instrumental music, with rhythms that are repeated over and over again and assist physical and mental relaxation (chill out or new age type) are the most convenient, along with those harmonies that include sounds related to nature: the passage of the water of a river, the sea, the birds’ song, the wind between the leaves?
How to listen to music while doing yoga
Want to choose motivational songs for training and yoga? The best way to find out if you are doing well or not doing yoga with music is to try and match the result of your session in each and every case. If you want to practice with harmony, keep in mind certain tips for enjoying yoga with music:
1. Make your soundtrack some time in advance.
Music should never interrupt your movements and postures. Stopping practice to find a particular song will ruin any attempt to relax and think.
2. Controls the volume
You can listen to the music you want with headphones, to dive completely into the sound, or leave it in the background to flood the whole environment around you, but in any case not too loud so that it does not become an exaggerated stardom.
3. The rhythm of harmony must accompany the different stages of a yoga session
The music should move and adapt to your yoga practice. As a general idea, it should start very gentle and calm, to assist you in taking slow, deep breaths as you begin to relax. In a second stage, it can become a little more active and cheerful, to fill you with positive energy, and to finish, it must again recover a slower cadence, finally the session with the maximum feeling of relaxation.