The benefits of music during yoga
By Tracy Dye
Many people gravitate to music as a way to unwind after a long week. Whether you are the type who enjoys the pulsing beats of dance clubs or the soft melodies of an acoustic set, turning on some tunes can be the perfect way to kickstart your weekend.
“Music is medicinal,” said musician and wellness practitioner, Jenna Sommers. “It’s this beautiful thing that can help emotions travel through you and provide you with a sense that you’re not alone.”
Sommers is one of two musicians who performs during Haven on the Lake’s special Rock ‘n’ Flow: Live Music Edition event. The event pairs a rejuvenating vinyasa flow (led by Haven’s mind body yoga supervisor and instructor, Shayna Freedman) with yoga music ﹘﹘ a type of musical genre that is executed in a strategic way during classes in order to enhance overall wellness.
Similar to acupuncture and massage, Sommers said that yoga music is a form of vibrational healing, where the goal is to redirect negative energy in a way that encourages a positive release of tension.
The musical set performed by Sommers and co-musician, Colamiles, during Haven’s Rock ‘n’ Flow event varies depending on the mood of the class.
“Generally, we start off mellow and build to a more energetic level when people begin to take on the more challenging positions,” Sommers said. “We can then use our music to reduce that energy during positions like savasana ﹘﹘ or corpse pose ﹘﹘ where people need to release and reflect. Music acts as a guide.”
The science behind the sound
Research shows that music is a healer. Music therapy has been shown to reduce the effects of various physical and mental health issues, including schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
Moreover, listening to live music in particular has been shown to reduce stress levels. A study published in Public Health found that participants who attended concert performances experienced a significant reduction in levels of cortisol ﹘﹘ the main hormone released during periods of stress.
“You feel like you’re on a completely different level when you listen to live music,” Sommers said. “It really amplifies the yoga experience.”
Rock ‘n’ Flow: Live Music Edition takes place Friday, November 11 and December 9 from 7:30 to 8:45pm. For more information, click here or call 410-715-3020.