I complained today

@savypat (20248)
United States
June 2, 2010 2:10pm CST
In Yoga class, I complained, we do Yoga movements to different songs, five or six of them. Right now we are using 5 and of those 5, 3 are sad, nagative energy Country Western songs. I told the teacher that it really is a downner to come to a class that is meant to be upbeat and full of life, then to exercise to three songs about loss, death and sorrow. Isn't this unusual? Don't you go to exercise class to feel upbeat and full of life? Or am I way out of line here?
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15 responses
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
2 Jun 10
yeah i get your point of view. he should change the songs.
• United States
3 Jun 10
I agree. It's hard to exercise to slow and depressing songs. You need something upbeat to keep your heart pumping as you work out. You were not wrong in wanting a change of songs. I would have asked to change the music.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
5 Jun 10
hi pat, i havent tried yoga but i prefer the fast type which is airobics. i prefer sweating really and intensely, and i guess i have problems with flexing and balancing so am sure its not yoga for me now. music has to be upbeat to enjoy what you do. i guess your teacher just needs a change of music. maybe you can give her some ideas. have a nice day. ann
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jun 10
I think of yoga as more like relaxing, elevator music or whatever. But I agree I wouldn't want music that's negative.
@josga2008 (321)
• Canada
3 Jun 10
Yoga is a holistic approach to better physical, mental and emotional balance. It is just as out of balance to overly focus on the positive and deny the negative as it is to always focus on the negative. You cannot take care of negative emotions unless you confront them and work through them. What better place to do that than in a yoga class where you are well equipped to do just that. Every song being a downer is bad, but a good mix is balanced.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
3 Jun 10
That is a pet peeve of mine. So many people love country music and I can't figure out why. The real country is sad and mournful so many times, the modern country is less so but still very negative most of the time although it's more upbeat musically. I have never understood why people would listen to it. I don't think you were out of line at all, the music clashed with the whole purpose and message of Yoga!
@med889 (5958)
3 Jun 10
I think you have done the right thing to complain about something you feel is not good enough because everyone has the right to tell what they have learn and if ever the other person is not taking it seriously then it is only your duty to tell which counts the most.
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
I think he chose those songs to make the exercise slow. I don't know much about yoga but I prefer sad songs. It relaxes me.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
3 Jun 10
I don’t think you were out of line at all. Who needs sad music to bring you down when you could have up beat tunes to keep you cheerful? By doing yoga you are doing something good for yourself and so good happy music should be helping you along. I would bring my own CD if they don’t change it.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
Yes, I also do exercises and I always feel alive hearing the sound of lively music. Maybe for warm-up (beginning) and cool down (to end) you can use soft or classical music but never with a theme having to do with grief, of course. So it is good that your instructor got feedback from you.
@kirthy (387)
• India
3 Jun 10
yes correct. he should change the song.
@ellie333 (21029)
2 Jun 10
Hi Savypat, There is enough sadness in the world right now so I would want upbeat not down music to be played too. Huggles. Ellie :D
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
2 Jun 10
Hi Savypat. I think that yoga is much more that doing some physical exercises. I have tried to find the meaning of yoga and what it is for. Honestly I have never practised yoga and I don't think it is fr me. [i]According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the ultimate aim of Yoga is to reach "Kaivalya" (emancipation or ultimate freedom). This is the experience of one's innermost being or "soul" (the Purusa). Then one becomes free of chains of cause and effect (Karma) which tie us to continual reincarnation. In Kaivalya one is said to exist in peace and tranquillity, having attained absolute knowledge of the difference between the spiritual which is timeless, unchanging and free of sorrows, and the material which is not. This is considered desirable as life is analysed as ultimately full of sorrows and pain- even pleasure and joy leave pain and loss when they have gone as nothing in the material world is permanent. Yoga is therefore a spiritual quest. However, along the path of yoga, the aspirant also gains health, happiness, tranquillity and knowledge which are indicators of progress and an encouragement to continue their practice. Buddhism and other Eastern spiritual traditions use many techniques derived from Yoga.[/i] http://www.iyengar-yoga.com/yoga/
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
2 Jun 10
Hi Savypat you are 110% correct. You don't want to be doing exercise to music that is depressing. That makes not a bit of sense to me. You want to feel alive, happy and upbeat. What was her response to your complaint?
@silvercoin (2102)
• Lithuania
2 Jun 10
Strange.Maybe she's going through some trouble in her life, but this shouldn't affect the job and the yoga classes.Or, maybe the teacher has bad musical taste.We go to places like this to get pumped, feel renewed.Look, Pat, you can lend her a CD!
@rosie230 (1675)
2 Jun 10
I don't do yoga, or anything like that, but your right, I can see where you coming from... especially with yoga, as I also thought that it was supposed to uplift you and give you some kind of boost or something, so it does not really make any sense, using songs that are quite sad. What about some of the pan pipe music, would that be something that you could do your yoga to, or would that be too bland? I actually quite like listening to the panpipes, I find it relaxing.