If you know me, then you know I love good music-especially LIVE music. Everything from down home country to fast paced punk rock to my favorite instrumental piece that brings me to tears every time I hear it. I’ve been know, on more than a few occasions, to recite “Gimme Dat Nut” by Eazy E without taking a breath then breaking off into “Makin‘ Love Out of Nothing at All” by Air Supply in the next. And I’ve certainly been know to dance to the wee small hours of the morning sporting my staple, one-armed fist pump. I can’t help it…music moves me…
And why not? What better way to let loose, free yourself of every day stress, and unwind then by giving yourself a little shake to good music. I’m totally that girl walking down the street with headphones in, bopping along to my own beat, or on the treadmill next to you rockin‘ it out. My prana frequently tells me to shake my ass…and I listen! Good music can do wonders for your mood and spirit…so I say, turn it up!
There is so much that can be said about the vibratory power of music. When it’s really good, it gets right into your core and starts to you stir you up, breaking free the blockages pent up after years and years of stress and frustration. In Jivamukti Yoga, we listen to uplifting, inspirational music, to tune in to that inner vibration and elevate ourselves higher. And as we elevate ourselves, we elevate those around us. If you can lose yourself in the music, you can lose yourself in the moment. And once this happens you start to see things in a whole new way.
Music has the power to heal, help us emote, and express ourselves. We relate to songs that remind us of a long lost love, keep cherished that song we first danced to in middle school (arm length distance-of course!), and remember all the good times we had singing with our Friends in Low Places.
If you come to my class, you’ll get a steady stream of earth shaking, inspirational music and mantras, that I hope will keep you humming long after you leave, feeling inspired, and dare I say, able to relax. One of my most profound emotional breakthroughs was while taking class, working through asana, and listening to a powerful mantra from Snatam Kaur. As I open more in my own practice to the power of these high level frequencies, I’ve realized that tuning in, listening to the rhythm of the world makes me feel more at peace and more connected to everything around me.
As Michael Franti sings…A little bit of riddim make the world go round…so let loose, turn it up, and feel the vibrations!