November 22, 2010

Music on the Mat

I’ve had three primary yoga teachers, none of whom had ever promoted the use of music during class--with the occasional exception of savasana.  Although my teachers taught me much of what I know about guiding students through a practice, on this note, I have found my own path.

The first group I taught was a queer and trans community class.  For many of us, gathering as a group to do yoga was something new, and the music helped us to settle into a comfortable space together.  As I branched out into other studios and teaching venues, I was hesitant about sharing the mixes I had delighted in making for my regular class as my mixes were not traditionally considered “yoga music”. I moved forward despite that, concluding that the best practice was to just  be myself and draw together students who enjoy my teaching style.

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