I’ve recently let go of the use of ambient music in my Yoga classes. After 10 years (or 20 if you count my fitness-teaching days) of searching for the perfect music, at the right tempo and volume, with deliberations over lyrics vs. non, I’ve decided to make room for more moments of silence and (almost) everyone has enjoyed the change.
What has bubbled up are more periods of pure silence sandwiched between the vibrant sounds of cars, birds, stomachs growling, floor joists creaking and joints popping. A cachaphony of day-to-day sounds interspersed with clear silence amongst a room of embodied Spirits. In an urban environment, we are bombarded by noise acting as yet another form of over-stimulation and for this reason many of us have become uncomfortable with silence. And yet, silence provides such a dynamic capsule for experiencing life.
During Yoga class, silence
- allows the practitioner to acknowledge and work with underlying repetitive thought patterns
- provides more opportunities to hear the authentic wisdom available within the body
- connects us with our own deep inner stillness
- gives a different perspective to and awareness of environmental sounds