My music taste is as eclectic as anyone’s, especially during yoga. I play everything from classic rock to kirtan to rap to country. Yes, country. I know my songs might not appeal to everyone, so I keep them short and I keep them varied throughout class.

 

One song that I play often is Wave on Wave by Pat Green. I love to practice Surya Namaskar A during it – saluting the sun and cultivating our ujjayi breath, which is described as “ocean breath” because of its steady, audible inhales and exhales.

 

The chorus of this song speaks to me and to many.

 

“And it came upon me wave on wave
You’re the reason I’m still here.
Am I the one you were sent to save?
And it came upon me wave on wave.”

 

It might be about a person – a valued friend, lover, or family member.

 
“I wandered out into the water,
and I thought that I might drown.
I don’t know what I was after,
just know I was going down.”

 

Sometimes, for me at least, it’s about myself. Having the courage and the capacity to recognize that I was in a low point and hauling myself out. It took lots of love and support, but I did it, and you can too. Letting the words of this uplifting song wash over you as you inhale and lift your arms in urdhva hastasana sometimes feels like a spiritual experience.

 

“So caught up now in pretendin’
That what we’re seekin’ is the truth
I’m just lookin’ for a happy ending
All I’m lookin’ for is you.”

 

What’s the “you” that you’re looking for? Is it a person? Or is it something even less tangible? Is it an experience, a new direction, a goal, a light at the end of the tunnel? Set your sights on whatever it is that you’re looking for, then start moving towards it. Preferably with the volume turned up.