Music was my first true love. It was my college study and first career.
Primarily, I play the electric bass. My Dad played the tuba in a dixieland jazz band so I was always surrounded by music, and I started playing instruments at an early age.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a hotshot player. A gunslinger. I played a lot of notes, and I played em fast. Fast meant you were pretty good I thought.
My Dad taught me otherwise.
He said, “Even more important than the notes you play, are the notes that you don’t play. It’s the space between that creates music. No space, and it’s just noise.”
The same principle applies in Bikram Yoga.
It’s the space (stillness) between that is Yoga. No space, and it’s just exercise.
Studio Tip-Music Classes
Some studios offer classes where you practice along with music. These can be really fun for everyone and great yogatainment.
As much as I love music, we don’t offor those classes at my studio. You see…
Music, perhaps more than any other outside influence, can deeply impact our feelings and emotional state.
I believe that Yoga offers us space. And in that space we can free our minds to do the real work. Getting in touch with our selves. Developing a mind-body connection, and practicing self-realization.
That, is Yoga.