Flashback: I am lying on the floor of a conference room with 40 other people surrounded by the biggest speakers I have ever seen. The conference presenter asks us to close our eyes and for the next 25 minutes allow the various pieces of music to move through our bodies, minds and spirits. I am at the National Wellness Conference in Stephens Point, Wisconsin. The music begins and each piece brings with it different sensations in my body, including vibration, streaming, pulsing as well as a dance of colors and images. Some pieces make me feel relaxed, calm and centered, others bring on almost an assault like feeling to my being. Fast forward almost 20 years: I am listening to a recently acquired CD called Harmony and find myself transformed by the sounds and lyrics on the CD thus creating the previously mentioned flashback to my Wellness Conference days. There are always connections in our lives, sutras or threads that connect our various experiences.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.” In most of my yoga classes, I only play music during relaxation unless I am trying to create a certain mood or environment for learning or experiencing. When I practice yoga on my own I often like to listen to music, especially music by Krishna Das or Deva Premal. What I have found however is that I choose Krishna Das when I want a more vigorous practice and Deva Premal when I am looking for a slower paced or more meditative practice.
Here are some of my favorite pieces/albums for creating a quiet contemplative state of being:
- · Chanting Om Volume 2
- · Chakra Balancing Body, Mind & Soul
- · Chidananda by Deva Premal
- · Gayatri Mantra by Cynthia Snodgras
- · Sacred Space by Sawna Carol
- · Ram Chant by Vandita Kate Marchiesello
I also love to listen to music that increases my energy or allows me to throw myself into my practice, walking or even cleaning the house:
- · Roar by Groove Bomb
- · Brave Faith by Jana Stanfield
- · Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- · Holding out for a Hero (Glee cast version)
- · Ready to Run by the Dixie Chicks
- · Strong by Kelly Clarkson
- · Today is Gonna Be a Great Day by Koz
- · True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
- · Wide Awake by Katy Perry
It’s still fun to create your own playlists but if that feels too time consuming you can also use Pandora and itunes Radio to create your own listening stations.
Share some of your favorite songs/playlists with us!