Music Is The Universal Language
If you've been to one of my classes you know that I love my music. Ever since I was a child, music has been a great part of my life. I sang in a choir as an 8 year old and remember my parents playing anything from Pink Floyd to ABBA from the secretly imported records in the communist Czechoslovakia back in the 80s.
As a teenager I became a massive fan of the band Depeche Mode and happened to work for them for quite some time in my twenties, but that's another story for another day. I guess working for the music giant Warner Music and launching the Czech edition of Rolling Stone magazine a few years later came as a natural choice for me.
When I parted with my corporate lifestyle (the sign of growing older and wiser) and turned my passion for yoga into my career I knew that music is going to be an essential part of my yoga classes...
While I love moments of silence to tune down my senses and create a space to observe and reflect, I believe the right song can take me from a place of gloom to a place of light almost in an instant. So I began searching for songs that can inspire, set the right ambience, draw my students deeper into their practice, create a beautiful flow to support the sequence and help connect with a happy time or place down the memory lane.
Whatever your style and taste, I am sure you like music that resonates with you, inspires you, energises you, enlivens you or soothes you. You choose the particular music for one simple reason - for it makes you feel amazing, beautiful, stronger and ready to conquer the world, not to be miserable or hurt. I don't believe there is one single artist or musician who would like to make you feel that way through their songs. They may have suffered themselves while creating that piece of music but their intensions to heal their own soul as well as others must have always been pure.
The healing benefits of sound and music have already been acknowledged by the ancient monks some centuries ago who originally discovered the power of 528Hz. According to an award-winning humanitarian author, Dr. Leonard Horowitz, 528 hertz is one of the Solfeggio Frequencies that has an auspicious quality that resonates the energy of love, peace and health and is often referred to as "the sound of love". The Solfeggio Frequencies is a six note scale that bears a resemblance to our modern seven note musical scale and penetrates deep into the conscious and subconscious mind.
The new revelations confirm that the electromagnetic frequency code found in the Solfeggio Frequencies has already shown to help repair damaged DNA – the genetic blueprint of life. Incredibly, 528Hz resonates at the heart of everything and as such forms an acoustic channel that links a human heart to the centre of creation.
Whether in the form of sounds, mantras, chants or music, these sacred notes have been used from ancient cultures to shamans to modern day to stimulate our spirit, mind and physical body, helping us to balance and heal. In fact, it was recently determined that John Lennon used the God's "C note" while recording his famous song "Imagine" in 528Hz and thus transporting his music into an energy of love and peace.
As for myself, I consider any kind of music that helps my heart open and expand a healing music - whether it's pop, rock or ambient - as I like to connect and balance in a different way each day. Sometimes I need to pick up and energise while at another time I need to slow down and unwind. If creating the right flow in your yoga practice as well as your playlist is at the centre of your heart as much as it is in mine, I hope you feel inspired by my current favourite yoga soundtracks that take your from energising flow to restorative relaxation and beyond...