by Danielle Abisaab on February 19, 2011
Dear Beautiful Specs of Dust in the wide universe,
Don’t ask why but I find no better way to start a new blog about my yogic journey than with musical info: Radiohead have dropped their new album The King of Limbs on us and I felt excitingly compelled to share the news. Watching Thom Yorke dancing to “lotus flower” is trippy. Check it out!
Sound or vibration, according to the great Indian Master, Paramhansa Yogananda, is the most powerful force in the universe. That’s because we are made of vibration and everything we do and think creates a vibration. It is believed that the sound “om” is the sound of divine consciousness that brought into manifestation the entire creation. Among all the artistic forms that we know, music is not only one that exists in nature but the one that provides the most immediate effect on feeling and experience.
Music is one majestic “stairway to heaven” (or hell, depending on what you are listening to) leading to a doorway onto an altered state of consciousness.
It dawned on me at one point in time as I was growing up, that whenever I did not listen to music, it felt like something fundamental was missing in my day, and meant that something was definitely off. The explanation is simple, I personally think that our lives, like music can express harmony or disharmony. Each person needs to discover who they are and find the center within themselves. Music can help as it possesses the ability to lift us out of self preoccupation and open us to higher realities..sounds familiar? Yoga does that as well. No wonder both are so compatible. After you walk out of class and feel fantastic, surely it is the combined magical work of the asanas (postures), pranayama (breath), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) as well as dharana and hopefully dhyana (concentration and meditation) but also the oh so ever inexplicable power of the music dancing through the maze of your alive consciousness.
Could it be that in a very real sense, we are music just as we are “yoga”? Scientists have found that every atom emits a certain sound. Without music (sound) life itself would cease to be.
I spend great amount of times concocting the next playlist that I will be playing in class, I listen to it during my own practice so to get a sense of how it resonates with my body and soul. I tweak it again and again, shuffle songs, delete them, bring in new ones until I am fully satisfied as if engaged in a work of art. And nothing warms my heart more that when students express their heartfelt gratitude towards the choice of the songs or when they notice subtleties that I may have inserted in the mix. Quite a few of them will show a keen interest in wanting to know who sings what, sometimes at the detriment of a posture or their breath, like moving their head sideways in Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) trying to locate my position in the room eager to ask the one million dollar question “what is this playing now”? Talk about being present. Those of you recognizing yourself, know that I appreciate your enthusiasm and excitement but your safety is primordial, so please wait till end of class when you are in an upright position and ask all you want.
I leave you with this (and a playlist below): After he browsed through my I-pod library, I remember a friend telling me one day: I know you better now!
What are you listening to?
- “WHOLE LOTTA LOVING” PLAYLIST
- Class Theme: Anahata Chakra (heart chakra) (played in class on Monday Feb. 21st)
- Love Generation / Bob Sinclair
- All you need is Love / Beatles
- Lovefool / The cardigans
- Soldier of Love / Sade
- Love and Affection / Donna Lewis
- Let Jah Love come / See Mi Yah
- I wanna Love you / Bob Marley
- Lovely Head / Goldfrapp
- Love Theme / Peter Benish
- The end of a Love affair / Nicolas Repac
- This year’s Love/ David Gray
- Love for Mrs. Rhodes / Raz Ohara & The Odd Orchestra
- Love me like a river does / Melody Gardot