Music matters. We know this. The rhythm of a strong asana practice mirrors the rhythm of a heartbeat, a metronome, the breath.
Music has always felt like home. Those classic Rodgers and Hammerstein showtunes, the swinging Ellington jazz standards, even that old-school Lutheran hymnal that taught me the beauty and the power of the (Latin) chant? They sink into our bones. These days, I feel endlessly blessed to have found a yogic home in a bhakti practice that's equally grounded in musicality, in rhythm, in heart.
Whether it's through kirtan-style Sanskrit chant or in a jammin' house beat, we lift up all that is good and holy and alive in the world when we sing, when we tap a foot, when we rock out whilst upside-down in Padangusthasana. And the music, well, it reminds us not to take ourselves so seriously, at the same time that it draws us more deeply into the rhythm of our breath. And therein lies the key to meditation.
It all feels to me quite punk rock, you know? Because, really, what's more counter-cultural than saying:
That's yoga. That's anti-establishment. That's rock.
That said, here are a few playlists for you. I'll update these from time to time. For now, here's a start. Turn up your speakers. Dive in.
Stroll on over to the blog for even more playlists.
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara Guru Sakshath Parambrahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha