The more astute practitioners at Portland Ashtanga Yoga have noticed that unlike many contemporary Yoga classes, there is no music playing during class.
In the Ashtanga lineage that I learned this practice, music was not as anathema as it is at more current traditional Mysore-style studios. My teacher, a guy named Tim Miller, used to play restful music during savasana --- when it was still called ‘savasana’ --- and occasionally, during a Tuesday and Thursday morning Mysore class, he might even play low-volume music of some kind.
However, I have taught at Yoga Pearl for many years, a studio that offers an array of yoga styles, during many of which the teachers play music.
I found that during those classes I often listened to the music and the teacher much more than I listened to, or could even hear, my own breath.
It’s my hope to cultivate a sense of moving with one’s own breathing during a Mysore-style class, and this skill is best developed by repeated focus on the breathing.
It must also be said that yoga studios tend to play a certain kind of music, one that’s become a genre of its own, and this genre is one that I consider slightly more enjoyable than the saxophone fuckery of Kenny G.
That is to say, not very.
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Jason owns and directs Portland Ashtanga Yoga.