The magnificent soundscape of human ambition

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The magnificent soundscape of human ambition

When the students in the yoga room become perfectly still and silent and all synced up, a whole chorus of beautiful sounds comes to the fore.

The ticking of the clock, the dripping of the sweat, the humming of the heater, the flowing of breath, the popping of joints, the expelling of groans, this is the magnificent soundscape of human ambition.

There’s nothing quite like it in the world. You can’t bottle or sell it. Even the most advanced audio technology in the world couldn’t recreate this sonic environment in one of those portable sound machines that helps you fall asleep. It’s unrepeatable and unbeatable.

But of course, if this collection of sounds doesn’t appeal to you, if it sounds gross and distracting, that’s fine too. Yoga isn’t for everybody.

But the strange thing about this practice is, the more you do it, the more you start to miss those little sensory idiosyncrasies when they’re gone.

And that’s how you know you’re home. 

What does your ambition sound like?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 40 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. Scott is a Community Leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the Managing Editor of their award winning blog. Learn more at

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