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Everyone responds to music. There is something about the vibrations of sound that helps us remember our truths. Yoga is about that same practice of constant connection to truth. Because yoga asana can really impact how energy flows through our bodies, I feel that careful consideration must be taken when creating a playlist for the practice.
People have commented on how much they enjoy the instrumentals I play during a class. Although the individual track may be a very special creation, it has more to do with the emotional connection to the actual melodic tones and bass as well as the drums. That's why lyrics are tricky. They can trigger memories that can reflect any emotion and throw someone outside themselves. When that happens, we can even forget we are on our mats in practice. That is not really the yoga practice, to be living in a memory outside the body all while struggling to breathe and balance with the body. With fewer words or no lyrics, it is easier to create a space for a person to experience that moment of being with self. This is why it is very rare to hear me play straight up hip-hop, rock, or pop in a classroom.
Most of the students and teachers I play for are entering the yoga studio from city life. Having to then sit in a quiet room and be quiet can be maddening. When I fill the room with music, even with a simple drone, it allows them to hug in the prana so that they can begin to feel themselves and remember they are not all of those outside things. It's as if the music vibrations calm the mind and this allows the body to soften and follow. Please don't hold me responsible for what takes place when that happens. I have seen people jump for joy, laugh, get angry, and uncontrollably sob all during the same song. That's the beauty.
If we take a closer look at my "For What It's Worth" remix on Jahta Beat, it is a perfect example of giving a little bit of the familiar, but combining it with Indian instrumentation and mantra to give this song a new power. The old gives birth to the new and the new is built upon the old. These cycles reflect the cycles of life, and I offer this whole experience and spirit through the roots music and traditional sounds of roots people from all over the world.