Yoga Playlists

April 16, 2011 at 6:26 am | Posted in Yoga | 17 Comments
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Being a 200-hour RYT Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, I often get asked questions about the playlists I use during my classes.  Surprisingly, I was trained in a studio that didn’t even USE music on a regular basis in class, except for Savasana (the final resting pose).  Although this shocked me when I first started the program, I started to discover how much I enjoyed practicing without the distraction of music in the background.  It made the practice more about me, my body, and my thoughts and allowed me to appreciate the strength and power I had on my own.

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That said, the studio I teach at now is a completely modern, laid-back, upbeat studio that teaches basically all Power Flow classes.  Its target audience is college students, whom I love teaching because they obviously all want a kick-butt workout, and I can definitely give that! :D  Therefore, we DO use music in our classes, and I’ve since learned to enjoy class both ways – with AND without music.

When I do make my playlists, I try to keep with the flow and mood of the sequences; I’m obviously not going to play Lady Gaga or Chris Brown during hip opening, nor will I play Josh Groban or Krishna Das during abs.  I also want songs to make the students feel empowered and have it be another fun part of the experience!
  

I decided to share 2 of my playlists with you guys just to give you an idea of what a “typical” playlist is for me:
  

Playlist #1 – 70 minutes:

Island in the Sun – Weezer
Ganapati – Girish
I Made It (Cash Money Heroes) – Kevin Rudolf, Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne
Handlebars – Flow Bots
You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
Holiday – Vampire Weekend
I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers
If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland featuring Katy Perry
Thankful – Kelly Clarkson
Mountain Hare Krishna – Krishna Das
Shine – Collective Soul
Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2
Superwoman – Alicia Keys
Thank You For Loving Me – Bon Jovi
Gravity – Sara Bareilles

     
Playlist #2 – 60 minutes:

For the First Time – The Script
Bells of Freedom – Bon Jovi
Dreamgirl – Dave Matthews Band
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
First Time – Lifehouse
Mysterious Ways – U2
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Seventeen Forever – Metro Station
Airplanes – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
Sleeping to Dream – Jason Mraz
We Belong Together – Gavin Degraw
Sweet September – Josh Gracin
Remember When It Rained – Josh Groban

  
I currently have 20 playlists on my iTunes, but I’ll come up with a new one and update old ones about once a month.  I always like to have something fresh to switch things up!  I do realize these playlists are pretty “modern” and might not work for every teacher/studio, but they are perfect for my classes and end up all being songs that I personally LOVE and relate to; my hope is that my students can do the same! 🙂

  

   

  

Heather

   

    

    

       

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  1. Great music! I totally dig it 😉

  2. I feel like you’d be the perfect yoga teacher.

    Don’t kill me but I’ve never really tried yoga! 😦 Teach me?! 😀

  3. Thanks for sharing your music, I will definitly check some of them out. I am so jealous that you teach yoga, I would love to work towards becoming one 🙂 Did you do a post on this?

    • I actually completed my teacher training while I was blogging and posted every weekend about the experience, but I deleted all my old posts when I restarted my blog. Feel free to ask any questions you might have – I’d be happy to help! 🙂

  4. I wish you were my yoga teacher!! 😀

  5. GREAT mix, beautiful!!!!!! ah – I was planning on doing a bit of strength training today but for some reason this post inspired me to hit the mat instead. LOVE YOU!

  6. I want to come to your yoga classes!!

  7. I love looking at people’s playlists! Yours is very eclectic! I like most of those songs and some I’ve never heard of, so I’ll have to check them out!

  8. I’ve started to take yoga lessons recently but never been to Power (my schedule doesn’t work out!). Is it a lot different? In the Hatha classes I go, it’s usually just “rhythms” or very mellow Indian songs. BTW, I love your blog and always have been a fan of it! hehe:)

    • The flow would most likely be much quicker, and there is more of a focus on strength and cardio as opposed to flexibility. I love it because it gives me a good workout AND de-stresses me. I’d definitely suggest giving it a try… you’ll never know unless you give it a shot! 🙂

      And thank you!!! 🙂

  9. I would love love love to take a yoga class from you!!!

    I love the playlists! LOVE some U2!!!! The best!

  10. […] that same topic, thank you all for you sweet comments and compliments on my Yoga Playlist post!  I have so much fun putting my playlists together, and I’m happy I could share a […]

  11. These playlists are great. There’s not a big yoga practice where I live now & my class attendance is usually limited to the free classes I can go to on campus (which is hardly ever because they usually start at 6:30 or 7:30 at night), so I’m a beginning yogi, but I’m moving to Asheville soon & I can’t wait to get into a regular practice. I hope I find a studio that plays fun music!

  12. Have you ever heard MC Yogi? It’s like yoga rap haha .. sounds weird but it’s SO GOOD!


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