How I Came to Yoga
Yoga has been part of my life for many years. I was lucky to become
familiar with yoga when I was very young as my aunt – Tonna Pade - was one of
the pioneers in Denmark, teaching yoga. She started teaching yoga in Denmark in
the early 70ties. And it was she that introduced me to the yoga breathing, for
which I have been grateful ever since. She died 6 years ago, but I think about
her, every time I do yoga, and have kept an old cassette where she gives
instructions, teaching a very mental form of yoga. She has been a great inspiration and
help to me during many years.
In the early 80ties I started following regular yoga classes and got
addicted. I could feel the energy and flow as a result of the yoga exercises
and the increasing mental awareness.
Being a musician, this mental state of awareness is essential. When I
compose I am nowhere else but in my music. This wonderful state of flow is what
everyone can achieve through yoga.
That is why I made the album flow.
My aim with the album is to help people
concentrate on the ongoing process and achieve awareness. It seems as I
succeeded as some psychologists are using the music in mindfulness and yoga
teachers are playing my music in their classes.
Copenhagen Yoga - the
place where I take lessons myself - was so kind to test the music in their yoga
classes. Their feedback helped me to adjust the music before the final
recordings were made, so I was absolutely sure that the music is working as a
perfect soundtrack for performing yoga. Copenhagen Yoga is based on Hatha yoga,
but has a great variety of classes; yoga for children, teenagers, Dynamic yoga
and Vinyasa yoga. My favorite is doing yoga with a maximum of flow.
For 17 years I have
started every day doing a short yoga programme half an hour first thing in the
morning. I always use music; often classical music like Bach and Arvo Pärt, or
Armenian duduk music. Sometimes I use my album flow and I am happy
that the music accompanies my own yoga flow.