Whether you like to zen out to Tibetan bowls or rock out with a little Bob Marley, yogis know that music can make a huge difference when it comes to your yoga practice. It can motivate you, inspire you, elevate you and help you transcend the limits of your body and your mind.
Practicing in silence can be peaceful, but practicing with music takes your practice to a different level. That’s why we love listening to streaming yoga music courtesy of our friends over at Yogitunes.
Need some convincing? Check out some scientifically-based reasons why music can help your yoga practice.
Stressed out from traffic when you walk in the door? Music can help relieve stress and get you in the mood. PsychCentral writes that music–the kind you like, not just specific tones and rhythms–can help decrease stress hormones. It also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, setting your body into a slow and steady rhythm perfect for an hour of deep breathing and deeper postures.
Music helps with blood circulation making your yoga practice even more heart healing. In a study conducted by the American Heart Association, participants listening to joyful music had 26% better circulation than others during the experiment. Now you know how to take those heart-opening poses to the next level!
Have a hard time focusing in meditation? Music can help put you into a deeper and more focused meditative state. Great music really does make a trance out, or change the way your body feels. According to a study by Stanford, “Music with a strong beat stimulates the brain and ultimately causes brainwaves to resonate in time with the rhythm, research has shown. Slow beats encourage the slow brainwaves that are associated with hypnotic or meditative states. Faster beats may encourage more alert and concentrated thinking.”
Music helps decrease pain for when you are working through some challenging poses. It also helps psych you up through situations you anticipate to be painful like ab work or holding chair pose. Studies suggested “that cardiorespiratory variables are influenced under different circumstances. It has been shown that relaxing music decreases significantly the level of anxiety in a preoperative setting to a greater extent than” a medication.
Forgot what pose to go into next? Music can help you remember! According to studies with dementia patients, music help cognitive function, remote episodic memory and short-term memory. Getting into the flow of sound can help you get into a deeper flow with your yoga practice.
Want to bring more music to your private session with your Wellnest teacher?
Check out Yogitunes, a great way to bring expertly-curated yoga music to your practice. For Wellnest customers and readers, Yogitunes is offering 10% off your first 3 months membership.
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