Yoga And Sound

January 27, 2010

What sounds are appropriate for you while doing yoga? If you are in a class setting, the teacher may set the tone with no sound, meaning the instructor will not introduce sounds willingly, or perhaps sound is an integral part of the class, as in kirtan. Music is a very personal thing. Yoga is a very personal thing. I’m open to listening to any form of music, but maybe not so comfortable with someone else choosing what I listen to while doing yoga. Enter Metal Yoga.

My music of choice is Metal. And the philosophy behind Metal’s genre applies comfortably to my yoga practice. Those of us who listen to Metal understand that behind the aggressive sounds comprised of forceful drums, thick staccato guitars, and earth-shattering bass rumble, resides a place of inner peace and transformation of negativity into realizations of victory. Through Metal we turn anger into motivation to realize positive goals, and live in moments of self-empowerment through being surrounded by these sounds and feeling their energy.

Maybe simple droning sounds or relaxing tones, either natural or synthesized, are all you want and need for your yoga. Maybe yoga is just a thing you do for a set time with a certain frequency during the week, then you don’t think about it until you do it again. Or, maybe when you’re done and roll up your mat you are still doing yoga, walking, talking, working, going to bed doing yoga, dreaming yoga. It’s your choice. No answer is the wrong answer, no way is the wrong way. Your way is the right way.


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One Response to “Yoga And Sound”

  1. juanyeltao said

    Hi! Nice words and thoughts! I always wonder why this kind of disciplines, this kind of practice, needs (for most people) “relaxing sounds”. I have a friend who loves Metal and teaches QiGong. He, like you, chooses Metal music for his practice when he is alone, but traditional chinese music for his class. I loved what you say about feeling the energy of your music! Although I prefer no music at all, because it distracts me. Thank you for your post!! I´m following you from now on

    Juan (from Argentina)

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