Music and yoga have a long and interconnected history. Today yoga teachers are constantly seeking music for their group classes or for personal practice, often turning to the mantras and classical traditions of India. Others still tune into pop charts and blare upbeat electronica to feed their sonic fix. Music is present in our lives every step of the way, in the background at stores and restaurants, carrying the suspense in movies and drifting from computer speakers when we sit to surf. With music such an everyday occurrence, it is surprising that one simple question is not asked more often: What is the relationship between yoga and music?
In this exciting, groundbreaking workshop, yoga instructors and music professionals Derek Beres and Philip Steir investigate what modern neuroscience tells us about both music and yoga’s effects on the brain. Why do sad songs, just like challenging yoga postures, make us happy and comfort us? How does music and yoga positively influence our brain? How do different tempos affect our cognitive skills and emotional orientation during an asana class? Can music help us focus, as in meditation? How can both help with our motor capacity?
Utilizing the latest research along with anecdotal tales from their professional lives, Beres and Steir uncover the intriguing depths of this longstanding union. Beginning with an invigorating Vinyasa Flow led by Beres and DJ’d by Steir, the two will select a wide range of international sounds to lead the yogis deeply inside of themselves. After the practice and meditation, they dive into what actually happened inside each yogi’s brain. An informative workshop for teachers as well as enlightening experience for any fan of music and yoga, Yoga Soundtrack will change your understanding of this beautiful marriage of sound and movement.