Finding the right rythm and sound becomes essential around 40 when you need deep company and support and you can not waste time in trying anything new, for the sake of curiosity. You have to give a space to the unknown, after having confirmed what has always been helping you and what has been useful only for a time lapse or a parenthesis in your life.
About music. I had to revise my music affinities since when I was a teenager to understand which sounds, rythms and wordings feed me and which don’t.
About me: I started with Dire Straits and their “Tunnel of Love”: the first song that made the difference between me and what I heard in the house, then the journey went on, following mainly long waves and deep beats, as house music appeared in the 90s.
Which is the sound column of your life? Which sounds do you need during your “workout” or “workin” as yogin would say? (I would say “work”, tout-court, without distinguishing between “out” or “in”, it is all a “bodyandsoulfit” work to me, as you are supposed to do it for all your life and you will have some more “out” moments and some more “in”).
Days have 24 hours and you may need different music to make company, calme, soothe or support you.
Whether you do intellectual job, you wash dishes or make training, music matters. You can not not interact with music as sound is a wave moving your cells, starting from your neurons and going directly to your body. A perfect evidence of the connection between body and soul.
About me: I understood I need
- basses to be pushed as gas on car or motorbike;
- high sounds (instruments or voices) to be pulled, as pushing and pulling corresponds to different body training movements (traction and lifting are different);
- classic revised by black/pop/rap or rock revised by classic are great for functional circuit, giving time to interval training based both on repetions accelerating impact an on pauses. The right wording can help you to push inside the functional training circuit or to be pulled inside it, as you are using strength and stimulating heart to pump more into muscles;
- lounge deep house Oriental or tribal inspired is great for long Yoga flows giving a basic rythm for more than one hour non stop flow without interruption as you can not interrupt each time a pop, rock song ends: your Flow is a journey that must go on carried by deep long waves, pulled and pushed by small sparkling waves on surface. Better few words. No words or few wording inspiring to universal concepts, no local meanings, metaphor and images should be evoked, as they may compromise the deep state of hard stretching and the need of high traction and extension of body parts.
I change music according to the activity I need each day and I am opened to new sounds keeping the focus on the rythm I need.
I am not joking, it took me a kind of psychological introspection to understand how music interacts with my body and mind as a real fuel for a car. You need the right fuel to have the right performance. Music is a fuel. Sounds from chord instruments such as guitars and violins is very flexible to generate short and long waves, for example. Piano usually conceals release and battery usually push rather than pull into continuous activity with constant heart pulse, usually no accelerations come with battery, that is good to keep the pace as car on the highway for a long journey.
I personally do not find any support nor company in low romantic/nostalgic rhythms designed for meditation, as I find them depotentiating rather than stimulating.
I do not find any relaxation in falling into a slow beat, slower than my natural heart beat, on the contrary my stress goes up, as I feel slowed down, like driving the car with hand brake.
I do not find any healing effect in heavy voices going high with low breath, going up, they have on me a kind of extension effect on low emotions, which is not fine for training, but might be fine if you feel for any reason beated or depressed, helping you to take depression and pain out of your belly as you were shouting your disappointment to the air. I find healing effect, good for training, in voices going up with full breath. In that case, even a “wording on suffering” becomes energic.
Each person needs to find own beats and waves to make the best training for personal wellness journey. As a coach, I would try to understand the need of the client, and to adapt as much as “in my chords” to adapt.
My method can be declined in various ways as you can run at different paces, in different places and with different shoes or equipments, but as I am one single person, without a team, my first target are people similar to me: well trained and wanting to reach higher levels of performances which are already good in the framework of a healthy lifestyle and who may share my music preferences.
I find it difficult to deal with people at a lower level of training, for example, as I have to go back to the basics and can not work on nuances, which is what challenges me and changes me every day.
Relaxing can be reached with various sound waves. Voices themselves are waves. “First Instrument” is the name a great American black voice – Michelle Ferrel – gave to her album, as her voice is one of those ones that literally can play as instrument without orchestra, ranging from low to high and extend for over one minute of breath.
I personally left many fitness lessons because I did not find my harmony: music and training job were not right for me and one hour of life just passed without having optimized. For this reason I went back to swimming and to bodybuilding, where you follow your own rythm. Then, as I started the journey with yoga, I created my style, as I needed sometimes to push or be pulled more than in many lessons. Surfing the web, I found great instructors and I want to highlight that those ones having a great body do not practice only yoga, but came to yoga after sports or have integrated other activities with yoga. The pure yoga body is flexible, but not tough and instructors have no heart endurance: they start sweating when you are asking yourself when your muscles will start to burn.
About EnhancedYoga: my style is very serious on joints and related muscles. It is training, not competition, therefore it would be nonsense to get injured while training. I conceptually admit enjuring body only during competition, when you do what you never did, to win. You have to change the weight gradually as when the body is warm, it bears a lot. As a coach, I push my body and take my risks, but I do it with my own body.