By: Bronwyn Ison

As humans we are diverse and multi-faceted in our character. While we may have much in common with one another we may not share the similar inclinations for everything. However, I believe it is safe to say, all humans love music. We may enjoy diverse styles of music but beats, rhythm’s, and tempos stimulate our bodies to move. Music is powerful and everyone can participate.

Studies have proven the power of music facilitates a mind-body connection. While music may move us physically it can reproduce a fond memory linking a song to a specific moment. Music is known to affect every cell in our body. Therefore, it can be a catalyst in healing and assists with relaxation. Naturally, your selection of music makes all of the difference. What may be relaxing to one person may be irritating to another. Music can be a great accompaniment for therapy and relieving stress. Soothing music can work to help a person calm down, lower heart rate, and reduce blood pressure.

According to studies of humans and music the brain primarily produces brainwaves at 14 to 30 cycles per second (hertz). These are known as beta waves related to normal consciousness. Alpha waves are present when one is relaxed. These brainwaves generally have frequencies 8 to 14 cycles per second. Theta waves are 4 to 8 cycles per second and are present in a deep and drowsy state. Delta waves are prevalent one is in a sleep state with fewer than 5 hertz.

Music can affect people ranging from calming them down, to energizing them, allowing one to be reflective, or inciting them to riot or fight. How does music move you? What calms you? What lifts your spirit? What causes you to dance?

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Ponder this idea… How about linking your mind, body, soul and breath with music? The outcome may be peace and harmony. As humans we are drawn to music. We begin moving, we breathe it in and now you are engaged. Many of us exercise to music. We put our ear buds in and go for a run, hike, use the treadmill, or lifts weights to music. The combination of movement with music is cathartic. Serotonin levels in the brain are elevated and one’s mood is altered. A decreased chance of depression is the result.

Yoga and Pilates are often accompanied by music. Not only are both disciplines helpful in relieving stress, add music and you have a beautiful compilation. Evolve Yoga will host its 2nd Annual Rock’n Yoga, Wednesday, April 17th (Yoga with DJ James, 6:30pm-8:30pm) and Friday, April 26th (Yoga with The John Stanley King Band, 12:30pm-2:30pm). Each event is $20.00 in studio, $22.00 online, $25.00 at the door. We are honoring and recognizing our local concerts, Coachella and Stagecoach Festival’s. Reserve your mat space TODAY! www.e-volveyoga.com Choose the dates on the calendar, click and reserve.