Monday, August 12, 2013

The Practice--Invigorate You

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Music Videos to get your blood pumping, and to inspire your heart...

Often midday we feel sluggish and we feel tempted to take a nap or down another cup of coffee.  However, I encourage you to forgo the caffeine and take a music break instead.  The best way to do this is to start with a slower to moderate beat per minute song and gradually build up to rousing Latin, African, or other high-energy music.  Some of the music traditions from the Subcontinent can also provide you with invigorating beats. Take a 20 minute to 30 minute music break, and at least a 10 minute music break.

You can even take a short trip over to YouTube and listen to the following songs:

Let's start with Habib Koite and Bamada from Mali with a medium tempo with an uplifting melody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5_HfjcjR_M

At relatively the same tempo, here is Ana Moura singing an uptempo fado from Portugal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V42ix2CtZ8Y

For wildly uptempo music here is Musafir (A Rajasthani Gypsy band from India)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1jDkZIdIqw

And dance music from Colombia (this is most likely coffee-induced music!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E5cgimmBQM

And if those last two songs don't wake you up from an afternoon slump, get a health checkup from a doctor.

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