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Yoga Trax, music to accompany a moving yoga practice, has been developed by Anita Katakkar since 2005, through collaboration with yoga instructors: Lisa Messina, Jen Helland, Alex Bemrose, Elke Schroeder and Jeannine Woodall. Since the usage of tabla is common as an accompaniment instrument (to other instruments, vocal or dance), when Anita was asked by one of her beloved yoga teachers to accompany a class, she accepted. In her first attempt at accompanying yoga, she remembers becoming very aware of the energetic levels as the class progressed – it starts out low, then becomes very energetic and flowing for vinyasa and standing poses, then dips for seated poses, rises again for inversions and back bends, and then comes back down for savasana. Anita feels that playing for yoga classes has helped her to recognize the equivalent importance of silence and sound. Since then, through developing her accompaniment style to yoga, Anita tries to honour the need for space while also trying to capture the mood exuding from the class. When accompanying yoga, she brings her tabla, her laptop with a plethora of sounds including drones, beats and melodic samples. Read more about yoga + beats here.

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