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Yoga Music For Successful Meditation

Updated on December 27, 2015

Popularity of Using Music in Yoga

The idea of using music in yoga is no longer new. Although it wasn't until of late that is became popular, it has a history of practice way back in ancient times. For some people, especially beginners, the use of music helps establish a routine or set them in the mood for exercise or meditation. While for a few others, music plays a vital role in the facilitation of thought processes.

Aside from the performance of yoga asanas, the use of music is most popular during meditation. According to experts, it helps in relaxing the mind and preparing the body for the activities ahead.

Relaxation Music, Mind and Meditation

Impact of Music on Meditative Mind

Most of the calming effect that can be attributed to using music during meditation all find its roots in the meditative mind. With the help of music, an individual heightens their capacity for focus and concentration – something that others might find a bit contrary.

The process of closing one's eye and preparing to allow sound to be absorbed in is very relaxing. It is also a state wherein an individual lets go of any pre-existing mental and emotional thoughts almost to the point of complete separation from the physical present. Specifically, the type of music you use can produce different effects on your meditative mind. It is important to choose music with positive vibes to create a calming effect on your mind and other parts of the body. If not, then the music you are playing will breed anxiety, restlessness, and other form of negative impulses.

Using Music at Home Yoga Sessions

The use of music in yoga and meditation has become widespread enough that most yoga instructors use music in their classes. However, if you want to take on a more specific approach at music meditation, this setting is more ideal to use at home.

First off, you can choose your own music to play that would suit your own preference in performing yoga. So don't be lazy and use whatever music is playing on your local radio to use in your yoga performance. It has to complement your intended approach since music could either make or break your efforts.

Yoga Sunset Chill - Music for Yoga & Chill-out - BMP-Music - Anke Moehlmann

Importance of Playing the Right Music

Music plays a major role in your meditation, so you have to choose the music you will be playing according to what kind of mood you want to create during your yoga session. Below are additional tips that will help you find the most suitable music for a fulfilling yoga experience:

  • Opt to use instrumental music with no words or voices. Playing voices or words will create a source of distraction since you will mostly find yourself focusing on the words of the music, instead of your meditative practice.
  • If possible, find a music that you are comfortable listening to – not just because you think it is best suited for meditation. The more comfortable you are with the song, the easier you will become at ease with it, which is vital in properly relaxing your mind and senses to make it ready for meditation.
  • If you have not decided on a music to play yet, you can try different variations of music. Choose the music that you are most at ease meditating with.

How Music Affects Yoga Atmosphere

Music is essential in yoga meditation for setting the mood and atmosphere. This explains why alloting proper amount of consideration into picking the music to use during yoga meditation is of utmost importance.

For an intensive kind of yoga training, a more upbeat type of music would help to raise the level of energy and prepare you for an intense workout. But if you want to focus solely on meditation, instrumental music that utilizes mostly stringed instruments make a perfect choice.

Mystic Journey - Music for Yoga & Chill-out - BMP-Music

How to Get Started: Music Meditation

Using music during yoga meditation is an art in itself. Therefore, you have to know how you can utilize the sounds produced by the music to facilitate in the meditation process, or else it will turn out to be a form of distraction. Here are tips on how you can use it well:

  • Begin your yoga meditation by playing the music of your choice. If you want to enter into deep meditation, a music with a calming and soothing effect is ideal to use.
  • After playing the music, assume a sitting position in a quiet manner. For 10-15 minutes, focus your attention on the music.
  • It is preferable that you do this regularly and continue listening to the same type of music. This will allow your senses to be attuned with the music until listening to it relaxes you.
  • Once you become increasingly aware of the sound produced by the music, focus on them intently. Make sure not to push yourself and embrace the experience as it is. Therefore, meditation using music happens at different rate for each individual.

Yoga Music at the beach by Trisoma

Meditation Music Mandala ~ "Yama" YMU, Yoga Music Unlimited

What is Nada Yoga?

Nada Yoga is a method of yoga that creates union through the use of sounds or music. This practice dates to as far back as the ancient times wherein tones and sounds help one achieve inner transformation. Meditation using the facilities of sound is one way to gain self realization and is used by various types of religion.

The process of meditation in Nada Yoga begins by concentrating on the sound, until you develop your focus into the subtler points of the music. When the consciousness is as sharp as this, you eventually go deeper into the inner realm that is responsible for attaining internal awareness. Since the use of music in meditation is considered enjoyable as compared to other methods, experts believe that one is more likely to experience purification and cleansing using this method.

Absorption in the Sound

Now that you understand the capacity of Nada Yoga in the meditative procedure of yoga, it is now time to move onto the “why” and “how” stage of this enquiry. The mind is very responsive to any stimulus of sound. In fact, humans are naturally inclined to music and become easily absorbed in it.

You will need concentration in order to produce a calming effect on your mind using a sound stimulus. When the concentration level is deep enough, you begin to realize the subtler form of sounds that are “unstruck” or better known as inner sounds. Given that you are deeply meditated at this point, some yogic experts would point out that these refined sounds you are hearing is not produced by the music you are playing but is actually coming from your own body. For instance, it could be a sound produced by the pumping of your blood and the heightened sensitivity makes you capable of perceiving them.

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