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Yoga Classes That Play Music

Yoga Classes That Play Music: Good or Bad?

I recently started taking classes at YogaWorks, where I was surprised to find that music is played during many of its yoga classes. At my old studio, I had only really experienced the occasional softly played meditative song during Savasana. At YogaWorks, music is played during the entirety of the class, and depending on the pace or style of class, the song may be as upbeat as Florence + the Machine or as mellow as Radiohead.

It was surprising to hear music during my first class, but I've grown to like the background soundtrack. During challenging poses, the upbeat music helps motivate me to not quit, and during Savasana, I find that I am able to zone out and let go in a way that I wasn't able to do in the dark and silence. My opinion is definitely not universal. Several friends and colleagues feel that when music is playing during their yoga practice it's distracting and takes away from the focus on breath and inward reflection. As one person put it, "I go to yoga to get away from all the noise and chatter from the outside world." Still, the yoga-music combo persists, perhaps best typified by the growing trend of yoga nightclubs.

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lillasvenska lillasvenska 5 years
the class I go to now doesn't have music... but I wish it did.
Advah Advah 5 years
My Vinyasa class has a quiet, mellow soundtrack too. I'd never been to a class with music before and I really like it. My other Ashtanga class doesn't though which I really like - it forces me to keep being aware and focused while I practice, instead of getting used to the music and just doing movements instead of yoga.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I have never been to a yoga class where there wasn't music. Just the sound of people moving and breathing? How weird. I wouldn't be able to concentrate!
benheld benheld 5 years
When I practice on my own, I also like to play a little music. I also go to a community yoga class every week that has a different instructor each time--so I get exposed to lots of different styles and approaches to yoga. For the most part I like it when they play music, but it can drive you nuts: 1) If they are constantly fiddling with the playlist, volume etc., 2) The music really doesn't "go" (think No Doubt or something similar) I'm never opposed to some Krishna Das--it really puts me in a meditative mood.
courtneyd courtneyd 5 years
I practice on my own, and I have quite a few soundtracks that I play during my sessions. I've found it helps me not focus on trying to think about how much time I have left in a pose, because i know when the song changes, I move to the next pose. I also try to make my playlists full of music that's either instrumental or in a language I don't understand, so it's not distracting. Over the years there are some songs that I've come to identify with each asana, songs that just fit perfectly with the breath or movement. A little bhangra definitely helps me move through 10 minutes of sun salutations :-)
Yersinia Yersinia 5 years
I really enjoyed it when an instructor played Native American music, but I don't think I'd enjoy contemporary music. But to each his own!
eastcoastkate eastcoastkate 5 years
My favorite yoga class is a Hot Hip Hop class that gets me pumped up, I love having rap music blaring, but that's just me!
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