“I’m not doing yoga because I want to live to 500 years old and be young and beautiful for the rest of my life…
It’s simply because, I enjoy it. It makes me feel good and I think it increased my chances for having a happier, healthier life. And creatively I get a lot more work done.” (Interview: The Deepak Chopra Channel)
Moby’s New Release for Yoga and Meditation
Musician, DJ, author, photographer, restaurant owner, and activist, Moby stays busy with one project or another. Most recently, he has come out with a new and free release that is sure to make the yoga community happy. Moby has always been generous with his music. For example, he created “mobigratis,” a library of free music for artists to use for independent and non-profit films and videos. This past week, he posted this simple message (copied below) along with four hours of free music that he personally created and uses in his own yoga and meditation practice. Here is a link to Moby’s music along with his note:
over the last couple of years i’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when i do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic. i ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.
you can download it for free below or stream it on spotify, soundcloud, apple music, deezer, youtube & tidal.
it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.
Twenty five years ago, Moby went to a friend’s yoga class and didn’t go back because he couldn’t take it seriously – he couldn’t stop laughing (watch Moby tell the full story here). In fact, for eighteen years after that first class, he did no yoga at all. Then he started doing a simple Ashtanga yoga practice that his friend and yoga teacher (funnily enough, the same teacher who taught Moby his first class) taught him. A back injury ultimately prompted Moby to try more yoga; he taught himself yoga poses from a simple “yoga deck” that he picked up from an airport store. A practice that he could take on tour (and seemed to be the only thing that was healing his back), Moby soon was practicing about five days a week. What started as a remedy for a back injury began to become a much deeper exercise in holistic health and wellness.
Before yoga, Moby says that his approach to life was fear-based and tight. In a word, defensive. He describes his early days of practice as wanting to “conquer his yoga practice.” Now he sees himself being more flexible physically and emotionally. Yoga, he says, has helped him see that, “There isn’t an aggressively right way to do things.” Moby also offered a window into his personal struggles with alcoholism, drugs, anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. He recalls having a panic attack for the first ten or so times that he tried Hero Pose (Virasana) and Reclined Hero (Supta Virasana). After this initial exposure, he remembers finding himself in Supta Virasana just laughing. As he exposed himself to this yoga pose, the trigger subsided and he was able to change his response from panic to one of ease. If you are struggling with panic, anxiety, or depression, this class with Sarah Kline is great option.
Today, Moby outlines his three goals with yoga as follows: his immediate goal is always to enjoy the practice while he does it. “I never want to compete with anyone. I just want to have a practice where I derive benefit.” he says. The short term goal is to have better health, clarity, happiness, and flexibility. And the long term goal? To be healthy physically and mentally as he gets older. Well, at YogaToday, we can get behind that! Now, let’s queue up Moby’s new tunes!