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Thousand and one misconceptions about yoga: Play the music, baby!


Sunsets & Bubbles – 28 July 2016

I think there are a lot of popular myths, tales and misconceptions about Yoga.

We have an expression in Spanish that goes “Para gustos, colores” – and that, very accurately applies to Yoga, literally translates: “For tastes, colours”, which means, there are as many tastes (as in likes and dislikes) in this world, as there are colours. We know that there are 7 primary colours and 2 monochromatic, white and black. And from the mixture of all these, we can get as many as infinite shades and colours.

All these ultimately mean that there are infinite tastes, likes and dislikes… And exactly like that, there are infinite ways of practicing yoga, as many as people in this world. At the end of the day, despite the style you practice and resonate with you, you will step on the mat and do your very own personal practice.

This brings us to one of the elements in yoga I wanted to talk about today, music.

I have the impression that one of the very extended believes about yoga, is that there must be a relaxing and chill-out very subtle background music throughout the class.

That is definitely one of the options and it goes incredibly well with certain yoga styles. However, there are classes, in which you can include a complete different playlist. To give you an example, during my Yoga Teacher Training, our amazing anatomy yoga teacher, the outstanding Jennilee Toner, played Eminem & Prince during her classes… Can you imagine the rap of Eminem being part of a yoga class? Well let me tell you, it was absolutely mind blowing! : )

In my personal case, because I am a total music freak, I love to have music being a big part of my classes. From Hindi tunes, to Afro-Cuban & African rhythms, Brazilian Chill, Trip Hop, Reggae, House, Indie-Pop, Jazz or Flamenco-Chill… everything fits, because music is the soul and heart to so many things and has such a healing powerful effect!

What I am trying to say is, try not to judge a book by its cover, and as such, try not to judge Yoga by all the popular believes that flow all over. There is a personal yoga practice out there that would work and fully resonate with you, it is just a matter of exploring a bit and finding it.

Sharing with you one of my 75 minutes Vinyasa Flow Yoga Playlist:

I hope you enjoy it & any recommendations, comments or questions, please get in touch! Would love to hear from you all! : )

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Charo x

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