Combining Yoga & Music For Effective Workouts

2019-07-12

One of the good things about having access to social media or a basic smart device in our modern world is the ability to access health and fitness materials online. Gone are the days where you absolutely had to find a gym or fitness centre in order to get your daily dose of exercise! In this article, I will share the beauty that is Yoga, from the comfort of your home, office or any space you can find, as a ‘feel good exercise.’

What makes a Yoga session at home even better? The perfect workout music to go along with it. Be it your favourite song playing on your phone or iPod, playing through your earphones or a speaker, the combination of music and exercise makes any workout twice as enjoyable and twice as effective.

My Fitness Story.

It wasn’t until I was 20 years old in 2014 and studying at university that I discovered Yoga. I knew about yoga before, but, like exercising in general, till that point in my life, I paid very little attention to it. I remember one evening coming across a YouTuber named Kino Yoga. Kino McGregor (her real name) is an incredible yoga instructor and her YouTube channel to put it simply, changed my life. The video I clicked on that day showed Kino demonstrating how to do the Frog Splits posture.  I was amazed and fascinated by the awkward and skewed movement of her legs and how she effortlessly shaped and moved her body, all the while maintaining a peaceful and relaxed aura.  I lost myself completely to Yoga after this and grew eager to learn more about it and most of all, determined to be as strong as yogis like Kino were.

Preparing For Your Yoga Fitness Journey.

Yoga at home

Practice Yoga at Home

The only thing you need to start practising yoga is your body! Anyone can practice yoga.  Since I started practising Ashtanga yoga I’ve been approached by a few friends who expressed their interest in practising as well. However, they all had one common concern: flexibility. I have heard so many people say they could not start yoga because they did not think they were flexible enough to do the yoga postures. Are you are thinking about practising yoga, but you are concerned that you may not be strong or flexible enough? Scrap that thought! Do not let this mental fear stand in your way! I personally became more flexible because I practised yoga. Flexibility and strength are undoubtedly two of the physical benefits of yoga.

YouTube Videos and Instagram.

When I first started yoga, the area I lived in didn’t have any classes.  Yoga is not commonly practised in African communities, in comparison to Western ones. So, I heavily relied on online YouTube videos and Instagram pages. I started practising in my living room at home. Honestly, any space I could find! The beauty about yoga is you often do not need props or weights. All you need is a mat or if you don’t have one, a smooth, clean surface, such as grass. There are pros and cons to online classes because when you practice, you are in essence, teaching yourself. You don’t have a teacher to check on you and guide you with the correct way of moving. It is always important to follow the instructor carefully and if you find a friend to practice with, the better!  Online Yoga teachers are generally very steady and slow paced when they instruct and guide you through their videos, therefore you can absolutely practice on your own.

Fitness Apps.

Fitness apps are always a great way for yogis to practice from any smart device. Like online videos, you can use Yoga apps anywhere. All you need is your device and a small space to exercise. Daily Yoga Fitness Plans is one of many apps you can find in the Google or Apple stores that are filled with daily exercise plans for people at all levels in their fitness journey.

The Impact of combining Music into your Yoga Practice.

Incorporate relaxing yoga music or any type of music into your workout.

I’ve always found that the combination of exercising and listening to my favourite playlist makes my work out twice as effective and pushes me to work harder. Working out with music:

Taking the First Step.

As a beginner, you can expect your practice to be a challenge at first. It doesn’t get easier but the more you practice and persevere, the stronger and fitter you get! Do not, however, expect to see immediate physical changes to your body. Like any other form of exercise, consistency will lead to results.

Depending on where you live in the world, you can find yoga classes at most fitness centres and gyms. However, as I have tried to show in this article, you can find and connect with groups of people who share your interest in Yoga, online. There are a wide array of online classes and tutorials that you can use to train and practice from the comfort of your home.

Staying Motivated.

Hold onto the long-term fitness goal you want to achieve and not give up! Namaste!

Myra Mufuka

I am a graduate student and avid researcher and writer. My academic background is in social sciences with a bit of work experience in the legal sector. Writing, (on a wide range of topics) is one of my newly re-discovered interests.

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