If you’re the typical Klipsch fan, we know you like to play your music loud and proud. Today, we’re bringing you an install story that is less about “pissing off the neighbors” and more about the role audio plays in creating a peaceful environment.
Invoke Yoga holds more than 100 yoga, Pilates, and Bar Effect classes a week at two Indianapolis studios. When choosing speakers, owner Amy Peddycord knew she had to find a product that would withstand the elements that non-yogis might not consider when outfitting her business with audio. Both studios offer multiple hot yoga classes where the room is heated to 95 degrees with 40% humidity.
Peddycord sought out the help of an audiophile friend who recommended Klipsch speakers for both studios and suggested Ovation Audio Video, a local Indianapolis electronics store and installer. The downtown Invoke location features a pair of RB-61 speakers in both the main studio and hot yoga room. Invoke Wellness Center, the second studio location, pumps their audio through 2 R-2650-CSM II and 4 R-1800-C in-ceiling speakers.
Outside of providing quality sound, Peddycord and her instructors know the importance of creating quality playlists, full of sounds and songs that help students find their flow. “Quality speakers can really effect a class,” Peddycord told us, “It’s one of those things a client shouldn’t notice, so they’re allowed to get into the zone of the class rather than noticing what’s wrong in the room.”
So how does a yoga instructor create her playlist? It’s much more than mellow, calming sounds. While some classes feature a soft, relaxing playlist, others focus on an upbeat tempo to increase the speed of students’ flow.
Peddycord said students have completely different experiences based on the musical taste of the instructor. Personally she’s inspired by Alabama Shakes, Courtney Barnett, Lucinda Williams, and often listens to Mornings Become Eclectic from KCRW in LA. All instructors create their own playlists. Some changing them every few months while music lovers may come in every lesson with a new focus.
Although yoga may not be for you, your own private listening session can have many of the same benefits of yoga. The experience can make you happier, help you focus, give you peace of mind, and most importantly give you time to relax.
So go on, take a moment every now and then to stop and turn off the outside world. Pick your favorite album, whether it’s slow and simple or aggressive and loud. Then, just sit and listen.
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Author: Alex Leopold
Date: October 29, 2015