The Divine DJ: Music in Aruna Yoga
Music forms a big part of Aruna Yoga and helps to generate the energy and mood of the practice.
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Given the power of the word, nada (sound) and shabd (sound current), the role that music has to play in the practice of Aruna Yoga is a significant one. At the simplest of levels, music has the ability to transport one to emotional states, to memories, to evocative states of awareness. When one adds mantra, sound current and higher frequencies of vibration to music, the ability to transcend into higher states of awareness is accentuated.
Many of the traditions I have studied use music in general and mantra, specifically to bring us into a deeper space. I choose to create an umbrella for all forms of music, all genres, choosing music that is elevated or evocative. I open the door to all the traditions of Sanskrit, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, English, indeed any language where the connection to the heart is channeled through the sound as a way to deepen the yoga practice.
Each of us has different inclinations and tastes, and it is up to the individual to find the music to match their tendencies and favoured flavours. I love all forms of music with a particular preference for mantra.
Mantra has that way of directing consciousness through the sound current and vibration at various parts of the body, mind, psyche and energetical vortexes. Its frequencies are elevated and raise our vibration as well as the vibration of the room we practice in. During my last pregnancy with Aidan, I played mantra continually and after his birth, I kept mantra on a random loop playing in his room. The vibration there was palpable. To this day he always finds a peace and softness when I play these mantras. If you will come into my home or the space I am in, I am almost always playing some music, likely mantra. I love all the variations, interpretations and developments of kirtan and mantra that are continuously evolving and I try stay attuned to include them in my playlists.
In fact the music forms a directive for the choreography of the Aruna Yoga practice. I have a playlist that has eclectic types of music and I let the Divine DJ determine which songs to create which energy shift or opening is to be tapped into during the practice. Mostly I really feel the songs, feel their vibration and let that compose the postures, breath and direction of the flow of what is arising in the moment in the practice.
It is not about lyrics, although these are paramount. It is about emotion, about presence and about allowing the shabd to transport us as it needs to. Sometimes the students may be asked to chant along, but often the music is the backdrop against which the internal process takes place. It facilitates the opening into the emotion that is vital for us to release and realize the Self.
The invitation is for your voice to be developed, for your music to reflect you and your inner teacher. For you to allow your musical tendencies to direct your Divine DJing and the Aruna Yoga practice as it unfolds.
These are some suggestions for music:
- All music my the Mooji sangha
- Tina Malia
- Jai Jagdeesh
- Snatam Kaur
- Alexia Chellun
- Deva Premal and Miten
- Mirabai Ceiba
- Guru Ganesha Singh
- Jiwanpal Kaur
- Donna De Lory
Here are some references and links for you to be able to practice some yoga sets on your own or simply to cultivate a greater understanding of the practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan:
- Kundalini Research Institute
- For examples of meditations and yoga sets
- For music and general information
- Spirit voyage
Some introductory book suggestions for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan:
- The Eight Human Talents by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
- Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakit Parwha Kaur Khalsa
- The Kundalini Yoga Experience: Bringing Body, Mind and Spirit Together by Dharam Singh Khalsa and Darryl O’Keefe
- Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa
- Kundalini Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa
- Kundalini Yoga for Youth and Joy by Yogi Bhajan
- Introduction to Kundalini Yoga by Guru Rattana
- Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa