A while ago a Yoga Quotee mentioned a site that helps her zone out of the world and into her work. It gave soft coffee house noises..... like white noise. You plug into headphones and just relax listening to nothing in particular but being fed background rumblings into your ears!
Well, I thought, let’s put this to test! Will it help us focus in yoga? So I gave the Yoga Quotees 'the silent treatment'. Usually I play music for the same effect. Today I tried silence. Long and Luscious is always silent, and people love it- but do they love it because of the long poses and the meditation or because of the stillness…. Well we’ll see!
Luckily I have the Jericho Coffee Traders doing a booming business above me and all we can hear is a soft murmur of voices, sometimes the warbling of a highly trained singer singing ABBA, the vague beats of jazz and soft clinkety-clinking of crockery.
So that has been the back drop of our yoga today. The thing I’m not so keen on is the fact that in silence there is not the gradual chill down into Savasana and there isn't that contrast between Savasana and the main asana. And I love that special stillness at the end. Sometimes I found people did not seem to relax as deeply in the Savasana- or was that just me?
The debate is out there in the yoga world!* The asana are only a prelim to getting yourself into the state where you can meditate. So quite a lot of traditionalists feel this is best done in silence. I'm obviously more flexible, stark silence is so incredibly rare for some people (most people) that instead of chilling you into a state you'd be able to meditate sometimes it can freak you out so disconcerting! Especially in this world where you check your smart phone dawn to past dusk and are constantly stimulated. Yoga + silence can be a bit of a shocker! Whereas yoga to calming music followed by silent meditation seems like a nice step down.
That said the feedback has been positive, although everyone also loves the music too so I'm definately not dumping that!
Another Yoga Quotee mentioned the Coffitivity website too after the 'silent treatment'- so it's obviously big in Oxford! I’ve linked to it here so you can try your asana to it or even work to it! What do you think?
By the way..... we made our Quota for Restore 2 today and are 23 into Autism Family Support 2..... thanks in part to my record breaking class of 14 people!!!!!! Wooooop!
* Interesting take about silence and yoga:
Surrendering to silence