And now for a little Yoga interlude, ladies & gents!
It’s been a long while since I’ve contributed to this section (and checked the ‘Yoga’ tag in my categories), but not for lack of desire or interest. After a long hiatus that took me out of the neighborhood, I am ‘back on the mat’, and going to the studio has filled me with ideas and inspiration. This time I am going to do my utmost to actually HARNESS some of that and put it into writing – for an hour or so after class each day, I’m going to try (I hope to DO, and not try) to just pour some of whatever’s in my head onto the ‘page,’ ie, this here blog thing.
And today, I’d like to share some of the more musical thoughts that travel through my soggy mind at times when I’m in the Hot Room. When in class, there are equal parts solace and exhaustion which come up in the repetition of everything, and at key intervals my brain (like an old record player) pops on certain tunes, either choruses or specific lyrics, that reflect what we’re doing or how I’m feeling at a given moment in the sequence. I think it’s my brain’s way of distracting itself from the matter at hand, grasping at the straws of remembered music to hopefully transport itself away from the heat. At least that’s how it felt today. Yes, in Bikram you get so hot you actually sometimes start to think about your brain as this thing, this little joker inside your head that’s tempting you to lose focus and give in to all the discomfort. The strength of Yoga lies in overcoming that.
The below songs represent thoughts and associations I’ve been making forever as we move through the unchanging sequence of postures, and the mental note I make to myself each time to share this list with others has grown soggy too, so I thought it high time to actually get some of it down here.
Some of these songs will have clear associations that need little explanation, others are more out there and metaphorical. Most, if not all, are major-fabulous pop songs, that you very much:
Waking up/deciding whether/motivation myself to go to class: I Don’t Want to Wait, Paula Cole – specifically the lyrics “So open up your morning light, and say a little prayer for I” (…to be able to get to class)
Before/during pranayama: Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson
Moving to the back of the mat for Balancing Stick Pose: Sexyback, Justin Timberlake – “Come to the back”
Around the time of Triangle, I’m beginning to think about breeeeathing, so this comes to mind: Breathe, Télépopmusik or Breathe In, Frou Frou (Imogen Heap)
When we hit the mat (finally): Relax, Take it Easy, Mika
For Wind Removing Pose, when the teacher says to switch our grip and I use my right-handed grip on my left knee: Jump, Kriss Kross – “Kriss Kross’ll make ya jump, jump!” (although no one is jumping right now)
After the second Cobra, when we are instructed to put our heads “to the left, to the left”: Irreplaceable, Beyonce
If it’s hot (which is invariably is!), another Beyonce lyric comes to mind: Get Me Bodied, Beyonce – “Cool off, cool off”
During Camel Pose: Open Your Heart, Madonna
At the end of the class, any feel-good inspirational song will do: Ray of Light by Madonna is good – “And I feel, like I just got home…”
BONUS TRACKS: fellow Bikram yogis Pink and Lady Gaga deserve mentions here! Born This Way, Lady Gaga and Raise Your Glass, Pink
Some obvious ones may include Hot in Here by Nelly, but I try to avoid anything that reminds me how Hot it is In Here…
More to come, kids!