Back by popular request! Our last playlist had you chilling to the max, so we’ve decided to make our playlist a monthly thing (or thang if you’re feeling sassy).
We’re mixing it up this month with some chilled vocal beats, traditional mantras and electro meditation music. Don’t worry – you don’t have to make a mad scramble to save all of last month’s favourites! We will keep the golden oldies on out lists and add fresh sounds as we go.
It seems like every yogi you meet has a tale to tell about a pulled hamstring, sore wrist or other injury. As yoga’s popularity continues to rise, so does the frequency of injuries. Here are four failsafe tips to protect yourself and your practice!
Make sure you choose the right class for you
If you haven’t been practising for a while, going to that insane level rocket class probably isn’t the best option. Focus on nailing more accessible classes first – you’ll build the strength you need to progress (and you will be less inclined to cheat when you get tired). Additionally, look into who will be teaching the class – it’s always good to know that your teacher knows their stuff. Nothing like a safe pair of hands to keep you from hurting yourself!
Respect your limits
There’s always one, isn’t there? The one yogi who floats into a handstand without breaking a sweat. As difficult as it can be not to compare yourself to others, respecting your own limits and listening to your body is what will ultimately improve your practice. If you’re shaking uncontrollably, breathing very heavily and losing alignment, you probably went too far. So the next time the person next to you casually cracks our a Bird of Paradise while you’re still shuffling your feet together, take a deep breath and remember that this is all about you.
If you’re not sure, or if something feels weird, ask about it. Most yoga teachers are just waiting to give you all their worldly knowledge, so make the most of it. Having another pair of eyes analyse what you’re doing can help you to learn your own personal alignment too.
If the worst happens and you do end up with an injury, be patient. Muscle pulls can take anything from a week to a few months to heal. Depending on the severity of the injury, there could be numerous asana to avoid. Talk to your teacher, get advice and be patient. Forcing yourself back into your practice 100% could lead to re-injury and a longer recovery time.
For more info on injuries, speak to our teachers. They’re always happy to help!
Sometimes, the same situation just keeps coming back to bite us on the butt. Different people, slightly different circumstances, but ultimately it’s the same roadblock you keep running into. It could be in the form of crappy relationships, giving up on a new exercise routine or just eating bad food when you swore not to.
When you hit a block like this, it’s easy to ask the same questions over and over. Why do I keep doing this? What’s wrong with me? When will I learn? The problem is, those questions don’t have answers – and even if they did, they wouldn’t help you to move forwards anyway.
If you find yourself getting deja vu, ask yourself these three questions (inspired by Tony Robbins).
What gives me pleasure in this situation?
This may sound odd because you don’t necessarily want to be in this position, but there’s clearly something making you feel good or you wouldn’t tolerate staying in it. Pleasure may not mean you’re jumping for joy, but could come from feeling safe from the unknown, avoiding failure, a sugar hit – the list goes on. What is making you want to stick around in your current scenario?
What gives me pain in this situation?
Thinking about what hurts it the worst part of this process, but you need to identify and accept what’s bothering you in order to move on. Don’t dwell too much on why it’s painful, just be aware of what’s getting you down. What’s the worst possible outcome of continuing to allow this pain? Once you know, you’re going to be a lot more proactive about changing things.
What can I learn from this situation?
Every cloud has a silver lining and every tough situation has a lesson hidden within. It could be something as simple as realising that eating high sugar foods makes you crabby. Or it could be a revelation that you’re not willing to tolerate disrespect from others any more. Whatever the lesson, carry it with you and continue to grow.
Use adversity to stimulate growth. Check out Rabbi Twerski’s wise words in a lobster analogy that hits the nail on the head.
You mean you haven’t been to a gong bath? Then you haven’t lived!
Sound baths are becoming increasingly popular in the yogi community and for good reason too. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect at your first gong experience.
Yesssss! We all love yoga. We’re down with this. The style can vary depending on who is running the session, but we find that a juicy flow is the best way to prepare yourself for a sensational savasana.
Most sound baths will follow the practice of asanas with a short seated meditation to close the sequence. During this time, you have the chance to clear your mind of all the crap that builds up over the day (e.g. “What will I have for dinner?” “I wonder if that hot yogi followed me back on Instagram” etc.).
The Sound Bath
Depending on who your sound practictioner is, the person leading the sound bath may use a range of instruments, including crystal bowls, gongs and shruti boxes. Baths can last from ten minutes to an hour and will leave you feeling like you’ve been to a different planet and back. The practitioner will work through the range of instruments, choosing frequencies to totally relax your body and mind. If you’ve opted for a longer session, don’t be surprised if you fall asleep, only to be gently woken up by the sound of a singing bowl.
Closing the session
There’s no rush, and believe us, you’ll want to take the time to enjoy your newfound nirvana. Chat with others around you about their experience – you’ll find that everyone has different experiences. Some people have flashbacks, weird dreams or even see solutions to current problems.
Join us for a sumptuous sound bath at MoreYoga Brixton with Leo Cosendai on Sunday 30th July. Book your tickets here!
If you’ve ever sat in a Jiva or Kundalini class wondering how on Earth you’re supposed to remember the minute long chant your teacher just sang and repeat it back, you’re not alone.
In more spiritual branches of yoga, you will certainly come across some form of chanting. Whether it’s just a simple om or a full on Sanskrit verse, here’s the lowdown on why we do it (and some of the more common mantras so you’ll at least have a clue what’s being said).
Aum (a.k.a. Om)
We personally don’t mind which way you spell it! This chant consists of four parts – bear with us for the spiritual part – A represents the beginning or creation, U connects us to a sense of something greater than ourselves and M purports the transformative energy of the universe. And the fourth sound? Silence, which represents the pure consciousness of the self. Ooh, we get chills just thinking about it.
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
If you’ve struggles to remember the end of this mantra by the time you hit sukhino, you’re not alone. Although this isn’t the longest chant (yes, there are longer ones, eek), once you’ve got it down it brings a beautiful vibe to your practice. The translation from Sanskrit is “May this world be established with well-being and happiness”. Aww.
Literally translating to “Truth is my name”, Sat Nam is all about recognising the divinity within you. Sat reaches up to a higher plane, and Nam grounds it on our plane. We’re not sure what that means either, but it sure sounds cool.
Ra Ma Da Sa
Our favourite mantra, mainly because it’s so easy to remember. Ra ma da sa calls for compassion, self-love and healing. The perfect antidote to being too harsh on yourself and a great way to cultivate kind eyes when looking at others.
Chant your heart out at your next class. Don’t be embarrassed about messing it up – we can guarantee we’ve done it before!
We’ve scoured our teachers’ playlists to bring you the most uplifting and energising tunes for your yoga playlist. We know how important your home practice is, and now you can make it feel just like you’re in the studio.
Start of with some gentle, spiritual mantras from well-known kundalini artists and fire up into your vinyasa with sublime EDM beats. Close with haunting piano melodies from Einaudi and you’ve got a signature MoreYoga class right in your living room!
Got suggestions for awesome tracks? We’re always on the lookout for amazing new tunes. If you’d like to hear your favourites in class, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we may just add it to our list!