Fun fact: live music and yoga go together like peanut butter and bacon — an unlikely pairing that’s surprisingly satisfying. Although silence is a staple in many yoga classes, turning up the volume can also help you rejuvenate, revive and restore.
“Music is yoga,” said Shayna Freedman, Haven on the Lake’s mind body yoga supervisor. “The power of music is its ability to illuminate the deepest parts of ourselves and bring people together.”
At Haven, rocking out and zenning out can be synonymous. Every Friday, you are invited to shake off the stresses of the week with Rock ‘n’ Flow, a vinyasa style class that incorporates music into each movement. To kick things up a notch, the class will also feature live performances once a month starting on September 9. Find more information and register here.
Below, find more information about the science behind the benefits that concertgoers and yogis alike can enjoy.
The science behind listening to live music
A study published in Public Health found that attending concerts can significantly reduce stress. In the study, Imperial College London researchers, Daisy Fancourt and Allen Williamon, noted that preceding research studies had been conducted to show the biological responses to music, with one caveat; researchers had used laboratory or clinical settings for participants to listen to recordings.
Fancourt and Williamon recruited 117 volunteers— both seasoned concertgoers and those unfamiliar with the live music scene — for the study to see if the previously researched benefits could be extended to a public forum. Two groups of men and women of different backgrounds attended a concert performance and provided the researchers with a saliva sample at intermission to have their stress levels tested. It was found that participants experienced a reduction in cortisol levels — the main hormone that is released during periods of stress.
Several other studies have found that listening to music can ease pain, decrease symptoms of depression and even improve cognitive functioning.
The science behind yoga
Yoga has long been touted as a complementary alternative therapy that provides numerous benefits for both the body and the mind.
Many yoga instructors can attest to the transformative effects that the practice has had on their own lives. Haven’s own Dan Burns used yoga as part of his rehabilitation after serving in Iraq; instructor Arielle Gordon was able to achieve work-life balance through yoga and other mind body modalities.
Scientific evidence adds weight to these testimonials. Studies show that various types of yoga encourage weight loss due to lowered stress and increased muscle strength, improve posture and even prevent certain diseases.
Haven on the Lake has a broad menu of mind body movement classes to help you feel your best.