This is a hot button issue in the yoga world: to play or not to play music in yoga class? Here’s my dos centavos.
I’m bi. I like it both ways. I take a class once a week with a few other people and there is no music at all. We breathe. We breathe loudly. We’re focused on every little micro movement in our bodies and lungs. It’s amazing. For what we are trying to accomplish there, music seems inappropriate. Music can also be distracting in a workshop setting where the teacher is doing a lot of talking and the students are trying to do a lot of learning. I totally understand where some teachers are coming from when they say they don’t like music in their class. But I don’t get those teachers who say that music should never be part of the practice.
I love to lose myself in a flow with some great music — I really get in the zone and forget about my worries, forget about the other students and just focus on my own breath and movement (And I don’t care what anybody says, even if the music is loud I can hear and feel my own breath). Music makes people feel. Music can make a yoga practice feel like a cosmic dance, like a meditation. It’s fun. It’s deeply relaxing. It’s yoga.
So, what’s the big fuss? Can’t we all have it our way, even if our way is both ways? Whether you are pro-, anti- or bi-musical, there are tons of yoga classes for you to try. Get out there and experiment— maybe you have an inclination you didn’t even know about.