The Yoga Trinity: Music, Movement & Meditation

My yoga practice always involves a mix of music that is a big help in getting lost in flowing movement, breath and meditation.  As a yoga practitioner, music has inspired me to create what I like to think of as The Yoga Trinity: music that inspires movement and ultimately meditation.  The Yoga Trinity can apply to however you choose to exercise, and whatever age that you are.  Follow The Yoga Trinity and it will make for a great work-out.  Music is what will drive you to move, so pick some great, personally relatable tunes, breathe deeply throughout and then meditate and reflect.

Most of the time, yoga class starts in a meditative position such as child’s pose, lotus, or just a comfortable, upright seated position with a good meditative piece of music.  If you’re running or doing some other physical activity, it’s best to start off with some slow stretches; so why not start off with some slower-paced music that you enjoy?  Focus on what you’re about to do and breathe some life into the muscles you will use for your exercise.  Once you begin to move, switch your music to something that speaks to you while slowly picking up the pace or a driving beat.  Wind down with a tune that brings a smile to your face, as it’s always nice to end your exercise with a smile.  When you’ve finished, meditate with some quiet music or reflect quietly on what you just accomplished.  Move on to the rest of your day with your head held high because you did something good for yourself.

I was a music major in college and though I chose not to have a career in the music industry, music has always been a huge part of my life.  It can keep us moving when we’re tired; it’s inspirational; it aids in communication; it can speak to us on a subconscious level; it can bring forth raw emotion and it’s therapeutic.  When I hear a really beautiful piece of music, there’s nothing I can do other than stop, listen and feel, and then use it as a means for creation.  Music is like the breath and spirit of the planet. It’s constantly propelling us forward, and for me, is the biggest source of inspiration.

What are some of your work-out tunes?  Do you follow a similar pattern to The Yoga Trinity?   

Counting My Blessings

What seems like a few years ago (could have been much longer though) I remember my mother telling me that she heard Oprah keeps a journal of everything that she’s grateful for and writes in it every day.  Since then, I have made an effort to at least remember a few things that I am grateful for a few times a week.  I think of it as “counting my blessings” because most of the time I  remember these things just before I fall asleep; I literally “fall asleep counting my blessings.”  This practice brings positivity into our lives and regardless, it’s always nice to remember and appreciate moments that can forever change our lives.

At the beginning of this year I began tweeting things that were highlights in my day and called them “happy days.”  One “happy day” (more of a moment really) took place on a cold night just after the new year.  My husband and I found ourselves at Max Brenner in Union Square enjoying some really decadent hot chocolate (our favorite way to enjoy chocolate).  Even though it was just a quick hot chocolate it turned into a spontaneous little date and it was really nice.  Sitting there enjoying my chocolatey goodness made me think about how lucky and grateful I am that we are together and that he is my best friend and husband.

Anyway, I decided to use my blog as way to express the gratitude and spread the love I have for things, people, moments, etc. that I encounter throughout the week.  It’ll be a weekly post and I hope it will inspire others to do the same.  If anything, it’s great for mental health.  So, without further ado (in no particular order):

  1. My job, even though it’s taking years off my life, ;-) I want to express gratitude for giving me such a strong motivation to “go confidently in the direction of [my] dreams.” To “live the life [I’ve] imagined.”  (quote by Henry David Thoreau);
  2. My blog followers, friends and loved ones who support and given me some great feedback this week;
  3. My husband and cat (Nimbus) who are always ready with hugs when I get home;
  4. Tara Stiles;
  5. Wishful Chef;
  6. Mental health days;
  7. My Breville juicer;
  8. Fruits and veggies;
  9. My Spotify playlist of favorite tunes that gets me through the day; and
  10. My Anatomy and Physiology teacher and lab partners (98% on the bones/integumentary system test!).

Okay, that sums it up for this week.  We have family visiting this weekend.  I’m excited to see them!  And I have my Anatomy & Physiology class tomorrow…learning all the muscles.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  :-)