That music helps us during exercise is unquestionable. It has been shown to increase heart rate, lower blood pressure, result in more efficient oxygen consumption and increase our pain threshold. On the flip side, classical and ambient music can reduce cortisol levels in our blood, calm the nervous system and bring us into a deeper state of relaxation.
Flow Play, based upon the powerful connection between music and movement, is the class Philip Steir and I developed after having spent decades working in music as DJs, producers and, myself, as a journalist. I’ve also been teaching yoga for nearly a decade, and know firsthand music’s transformative power. The class, which launches at Equinox locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas in October, marries music and movement to create the most optimal physical and neural experience possible—what psychologist Abraham Maslow called a ‘peak experience.’