Back when we were dating in high school my husband used to make me mixed cassette tapes. Now he makes me playlists on iTunes for my yoga classes. He puts together a draft and then I go through and approve and veto. I'm glad music is a hobby of his!
In the early days of my yoga practice music was never played in class but I'm starting to find it more and more. At first I resisted it. I thought that music, and certainly music with words, was not appropriate in yoga class. Now that I'm teaching in an Army gym I've come to recognize that a diverse mix is indeed appropriate.
Gyms can be noisy. Music can help drown out distracting background noise. Today, the change of command rehearsal didn't bother me until the final song played for Savasana. It was too quiet and I could hear loud patriotic music downstairs.
And the mix? Who would expect a Guns N' Roses song in a yoga playlist. I would never have dreamed of it. But, it was an interesting twist. I think it's nice to offer a little something for everyone especially since you're going to find a more diverse mix of students in an Army gym than you would in a dedicated yoga studio.
Do you have some favorite songs that you use for your yoga practice? I'd love to have some suggestions to pass along to my husband. Or, if I get enough maybe I'll put together my own mix.