While yoga might just be a routine activity for some people, there are others who use yoga as a way to connect with their inner selves and to free their minds of the problems that they are facing. According to Patanjali, who was one of the founding fathers of this practice, Yoga is the name of ‘stilling the mind’. In yoga, you still your mind and mental stillness takes you away from any kind of distraction or judgment that you face in your daily life.Music for Mental Stillness in YogaSome people might associate mental stillness with silence but this does not always have to be the case. Your mind can be still and focused when without any silence. You just have to listen to the right kind of music as it will put you in a trance that will allow you to enjoy yoga and connect with your spirit. If you are just starting out, you mind find it confusing to sit silently doing yoga exercises without anything to synchronize them to. With music, this awkwardness is removed as you can connect with your mind and body. This physical and mental flow definitely helps you do much better.Of course, this differs from person to person. Some people might like to have music playing in the background while others might be distracted by the same music. If you feel that the music you are playing is bringing back memories that you do not want to think about, then you can simply mute. However, for most people, music provides a rhythm that they can move to, while doing yoga. It also depends on the kind of yoga you are doing. For example, for Hatha, you would need a static kind of music playlist as it foes with the yoga poses.Getting into the Flow Science has been working on finding out how music affects our body and mind. According to most studies, music plays a role in improving your mood and enhancing physical performance. If there are so many benefits, then why not have a playlist playing in the background when you are doing yoga or teaching your students. Having some music in the background can make yoga much more fun especially if you are doing it with a group of people. Curating a yoga playlist is not like curating one for a road trip or a party. You have to play the right songs that will take you out of your fatigue and bring you to a world when you can flow with the words. This playlist will surely help you get into this world. The softer tones in these songs will help you get into a rhythm and go with the flow.Ultra Chill1. Second Sense-Second Sense2. Angels-Thievery Corp Remix-Wax Poetic3. Make Things Right-Lemon Jelly4. Revolution Solution-Thievery Corp5. Mannix-Klament Julienne6.Get a Move On-Mr. Scuff7. Valley of the Dolls-Mylo8. Lita Kafez-Nurai9. Montego Bay Spleen-St. Germain10. Kanawa-Habib Koite11. Indian Folklore-Hariprasad Chauraisa  Here's the reading I shared in yesterday's class:⁠
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"No matter what we are doing or where we find ourselves, we can, and indeed we must, create an experience of alignment. The outside world may be raging, but there is always an opportunity to listen to the inner conversation. The first step is to accept the invitation to this interior conversation...We must recognize Dharma, the real nature of the Self inside, in order to live Dharma outside."⁠
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-Douglas Brooks, Poised for Grace⁠
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May we continue to accept the invitation,⁠
May we continue to listen to our greatest teacher, ⁠
our Selves,⁠
May we recognize our purpose,⁠
May we share it with the world. ⁠
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