Why is Music so Important in Breathwork?

"Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form."

- Plato

Music is an incredibly important aspect of the Breathwork experience and creates the “journey” like feel in each class. But why?

Professor Daniel Levitin, award winning Neuroscientist & musician, explains that the brain’s emotional, language and memory centers are all connected during the processing of music, essentially creating an experience called Synesthesia.

What is Synesthesia? 

Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g., hearing) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g., vision)... or any other sensory pathway.

What’s cool here is the etymology of the word Synesthesia: Ancient Greek of “syn” (together) and “aisthēsis” (sensation)... “together sensations”. Because of this, it can be difficult to put a Breathwork journey into words since you’re feeling complex sensations that you’ve never felt before and thus don’t have appropriate/accurate language for what you’re feeling. Even if you did, could you effectively wrap up the richness, depth, color, insight and feeling of a Breathwork experience in a word? Absolutely not. 

What’s also interesting is that these experiences are involuntary, so they just happen… giving you the ability to “let go” and surrender to the experience as a whole...trusting that the breath knows what to do. It enables us to effectively, “get out of the way” and let the breath (and music) go to work on cleaning us up.

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