What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 176 - Music in Yoga

I did sign up and get into the hot yoga class with Lyn at Virv yoga in Steamboat Springs.  The class Lyn teaches she calls "Yoga Raves."  It is a yoga flow class where she loves to flow to her favorite songs.   It was great to be in a hot class again.  The classroom is really small and can only fit about 8 people in it (if you remember I could not get into it last week).  Lyn was very encouraging in just having fun with the class.  As we listened to her music she asked that you try to find the music and flow with the music.  It was away from my normal everyday classes and I set any seriousness in yoga aside and just let my brain relax and have fun.

Sometimes we dive so deep into ourselves we forget that life is not all about being serious.  We all need days that we can kick back and just enjoy life.  This is what I was reminded of today.  It was the first time I ever layed in Savasana and listened to the song "Sweet Jane."  This brings me to my next topic.

A lot of people play music during class.  It is in reality a distraction from what we are actually trying to do in yoga which is concentrate on our breathing and focus within.  However, I really do enjoy music during class.  I am not at a place where I can concentrate 60-90 minutes entirely on myself.  Someday I may get to a point where I like a quiet class.  Where I am right now I enjoy the music.  I feel like the music also helps from the other distractions such as cars or trains driving by, or loud people in stores next to the studio. 

I definitely have a preference when it comes to music during Savasana (final relaxation).  I do not like music being played that have lyrics.  I prefer the basic chants, new age, yoga music.  When there are lyrics I get sucked into the lyrics and start thinking about them.  When there is only sound I can actually use it to channel into a deeper relaxation.  Eventually I do not even here the music and I am in my zone.

I know overall that music should be something we learn to block out of our heads, but for now I feel like it helps me out.  There are days like today when music helps me not take my life so seriously.  There was a lot of smiles and laughes coming from me today.

I am in good spirits as of late.  It might be the snow that is falling in Steamboat and the excitement of a possible good powder day on the slopes tomorrow.  I am off to bed so I can be one of the first ones on the slopes tomorrow.