Music during Yoga

Music is really powerful, listening to music when exercising has been shown to increase the length of time you can exercise for, this is thought to be due to the mental distraction. When running with high tempo music you keep the pace of the beat with your cadence (no. of steps you take) and slow melodic music is well known to induce the same state when you want to relax and calm down.

But, music during yoga class? The jury is out, some practioners always use it, some never do, the range from ethereal to contempory songs. I recently went to a yoga class where poses were performed in time to high volume disco flavoured house music and I loved it! But then I like music. I like moving to music, dancing, I think it’s called! I love practising yoga with music. What I choose to listen to when practising depends on my mood. I don’t think there is a right or wrong here so my answer is, what ever works for you, if it helps you, then go for it; if it doesn’t help, don’t. Not a bad mechanism to make any decision in fact. There are lots of yoga compilations available from internationally renowned yoga musican/practioners, everything from rap thro disco to classical. The internet will be your friend, you will find something you love.

Below are some of my favourites and a few recommendations from friends.

Donna Summers ‘I feel love’

Ben Howard ‘Keep your head up’

Feist ‘How my heart behaves’

The Beatles ‘Here comes the sun’

Elbow ‘One day like this’

Lamb ‘Goreiki’

Or practically anything by Sigur Ros, the XX, Air or Beach house.

Jo Dowds




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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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