The Roar of Joy that Set the Worlds in Motion — Yoga Playlist

One of the most valuable intentions you can ever utilize during your yoga practice is an intentful focus on the breath. Everything begins and ends with the breath. Medically speaking, most doctors agree that healthy humans can go up to eight weeks without food as long as they have water. But, not many people can go longer than a few minutes without air. The breath is our most important tool in life, and our yoga and meditation practices.

Intention — 1. An act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. 2. The end or object intended; purpose.

This one simple word works wonders: Focus.

Focus — A central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity.

To focus in Yoga and meditation means to bring awareness to the quality of your inhalation and exhalation. It means to clear your mind thoughts as they pass through your consciousness, and just let them go.

It means to shake it off every once in a while, take a deep breath, and resettle yourself into the present moment (I find this last technique especially valuable during balancing postures).

This ability to focus brings conscious awareness to your yoga and meditation practices. Once this awareness has been established, one intently uses the mind and breath to relax and circulate prana more freely throughout the entire body. When this occurs, the breath becomes a calming anchor to the tumultuous waves of the mind, which constantly toss our boat about on the vast surface of the ocean of our minds.

Without this conscious connection, we lose the sense of our breath as being the animator of our intimate connection with life; the vital energy — Prana, or Shakti — that supplies the energy we need for movement. This movement is not just relegated to our physical body, but our conscious and unconscious mind as well.

I came across this song recently by Tobias Jesso Jr. — “Without You” that I loved the lyrics to. It reminds me of the Buddhist teaching of, “The Body Within the Body.” Many times, one can think of this as a love song sung to someone else, a about breakup or unrequited love.

I liked the idea of changing the intention of the song around, and think of the lyrics as they relate to my own connection between my mind and breath in my yoga and meditation practice.

I hope you can gain something from looking at this song like that as well, and enjoy the rest of the playlist.

YOGA — THE ROAR OF JOY THAT SET THE WORLDS IN MOTION

Tobias Jesso Jr. — Without You

Lyrics

Why can’t you just love me?

Should I move on or should I wait?

How’d you get so high above me?

I reach higher every day

But nothing changes

No, it all just stays the same

I can hardly breathe without you

There is no future I want to see without you

I just don’t know who I would be without you

There is nothing out there for me without you

Without you

Without you

I feel like I just hit the ground

Wish I could show you what it’s like

But you will never come down

And I’ve been staying up at night

To face the changes

But they all just stray the same

I can hardly breathe without you

There is no future I want to see without you

I just don’t know who I would be without you

There is nothing out there for me without you

Without you

Without you

Oh, what have you got to lose?

Oh, what have you got to lose?

Oh, what have you got to lose?

I can hardly breathe without you

There is no future I want to see without you

I just don’t know who I would be without you

There is nothing out there for me without you

There is nothing out there, there is nothing out there

There is nothing out there without you

via — Moonchild and Her Guru & Sadhaka

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