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! 🙂










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