Something I know well about myself is that I thrive when I enjoy my surroundings, how they look and feel. Some days I like to practice Pratyahara, or focusing inwards without the distraction of noise or scents, during my yoga postures. A lot can be heard by listening to the body. On other days I enjoy the flow of breath to some very loud Ratatat or Radiohead with incense filling the room.
When planning for a yoga class or a massage session the music becomes a big piece of it. Poorly chosen music can break an experience. Not too long ago I chose to bring Ratatat into my yoga class at the Radford Rec Center and it turned out to be a pretty bad choice. Electric guitars that would normally swing you from one beat to the next like a gentle hammock became screeching monsters in the big room with cement floors.
I can't go wrong with the sound of nature though. Protective mama birds, chirping bugs, and babbling water all create an atmosphere that feels right, no matter what my mood is. I don't often get to teach outside, but I encourage you all to step outside with bare feet and reach up to the sky as you deeply inhale and reach down to your toes as you exhale.
A few weeks back my friend and I were practicing asana (yoga postures) in Wildwood Park. In the deep summer the bugs like to distract us from the humidity and the edge of a hamstring stretch. But the air and the quiet sounds are so overwhelming it becomes meditative.
This picture was taken by a passerby, a fellow Wildwood appreciator who I've come to know as Rick. Thanks for the beautiful capture, Rick!
When you come to Tapestry, I welcome your input on what kinds of music you'd like to be a part of your session.