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I have always loved connecting music with yoga. Music can change our mood, help us go further in the flow with yoga, and generate joyful energy.

This came to mind recently when I saw a great documentary called ‘Alive Inside – A Story of Music and Memory’ about the healing power of music. The filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicled the experiences of people who were revitalised through the simple experience of listening to music.

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The documentary followed healthcare experts including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fought against the USA’s broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self. Rossato-Bennett also interviewed family members who witnessed the miraculous effects of music on their loved ones.

It’s a touching film, and it brought home to me that music has the power to positively influence the interaction of our mind and body. We don’t have to wait until we’re in failing health to access the healing power of music. Instead, we can incorporate it into our daily lives and yoga practice to stay mentally and physically alert and flexible.

Have you experienced the healing power of music? Share in the comments or Tweet @YogaWithPaul

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