By: Kat Tudor as originally seen on Live Naturally.

Why (and how) Music Matters to yoga.

 

Back in the day, yoga purists practiced in silence. Flash forward to 2018, and rare is the class that doesn’t feature a playlist of specially curated music, from gongs and drums to classical, pop and rap downloads created specifically for yoga.

According to a study in the journal of Sports Medicine Open, listening to music increases the likelihood of sticking with your exercise program by 70 percent. The music industry has taken notice with two dozen albums inspired by bhakti yoga included on the first 58th Grammy’s Ballot list. Even the pop group Maroon 5, led by the yoga-loving Adam Levine, has created a playlist.

Both yoga and music are known for their ability to de-stress and make us feel better about ourselves. Recent studies have also shown that music can allow a person to enter a “flow state,” which, according to renowned psychologist and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.”

At SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado, we offer a range of yoga classes from Sivananda (traditional hatha yoga) to aqua (yoga in the pool), restorative (relaxing and gentle), and yin (a passive practice, involves variations of seated and supine poses), as well as Kundalini workshops (spiritual and physical with mantras, movement, dynamic breathing techniques and meditation).

See also The Joy of Yoga.

A number of our teachers use music to enhance their classes, oftentimes sourcing from Pandora stations. Click on links below to some of our favorite playlists and music sources.

No matter what direction your yoga practice takes, try a bit of music to enhance the experience. It might get you through the longer poses and provide a deeper satisfaction with the process.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/garetsworkshop

 

IT MIGHT JUST BE THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE.

BY SHARON W. HOUSE AND THE SUNWELLNESS TEAM

 

If you’re feeling that the New Year seems to be off to a rocky start, you just might need to add some new coping methods to your arsenal, beyond wine and more wine. It may not be what the doctor ordered, but many health and wellness practitioners are embracing Restorative Yoga to help clients relax and destress.

 

Differing from traditional yoga, restorative yoga’s five to six poses utilize props to help you go deeper into the move, allowing complete relaxation and rest. A typical class includes light twists, seated forward folds and gentle backbends, held for five minutes or so.

 

Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Deep relaxation
Enhanced flexibility
Calmer mind
Balanced nervous system
Reduced stress

 

Restorative Yoga is offered on many yoga studios’ menu of classes, and SunWater Spa and SunMountain Center in Manitou Springs, Colorado, is no exception. This style of yoga is a specialization of founder Kat Tudor, who teaches classes and workshops at the properties. Kat added Restorative Yoga to her practice and her teaching about 10 years ago when she found that “the effect of this style of yoga balances out our tendencies to do too much and push too hard. We have plenty of opportunities to be active in our practices and to engage in physical activities, especially in Colorado, so restorative yoga, allow us to be less stressed and relieve the tension of our daily lives.”

 

Many retreats at SunMountain Center incorporate Restorative Yoga, including the upcoming Fearlessly Yoga and Healing Retreat with Erin Berry, scheduled for February 28-March 3. An immersion in Meditation, Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga, participants will be in a remarkable place that allows them the freedom and space to reconnect with their authentic self.

 

So before you turn to medications to calm your angst, try Restorative Yoga. It might just be the perfect antidote for an anxious 2019.