As a yoga instructor, I feel that creating playlists is a crucial part of my "job." Or at least it feels that way.
It's not that I have to use music in all my classes (I teach one class per week where I don't use music), but personally, I love practicing to good music, so I try to bring that same feeling into my classes for my students.
Since I started teaching last May, I've spent countless hours in front of iTunes, trying to piece together the perfect playlist--listening to songs one after another, looking up obscure songs that I heard in other classes, and even getting on my mat and practicing to the songs to see if they truly are a good fit for my sequences. My fellow teachers probably understand this, but students probably think it's a *tad* bit obsessive.
Either way, I feel that these hours honing my yoga playlist skills have made me somewhat of an expert in the yoga soundtrack department, so today, I thought I'd share my top 10 songs yoga songs with you...ready to get up and shake your asana?
Disclaimer: it was REALLY hard to pick 10 songs. I left out a lot of songs that I love, so maybe there will be a follow-up blog post somewhere down the line.
You can listen to the songs using the player below the title :)
. All of My Days
by Alexi Murdoch
. From the Away We Go
soundtrack (yay John Krasinski!). Beautiful voice, beautiful song.
9. Drumming Song
by Florence and the Machine
. New addition to my playlist, but a fun one! Great for those classes where you're building energy and moving into a quick/heated sequence. Amps up the fun factor!
8. Gayatri Mantra
by Deva Premal
. Students always ask me who sings this song (actually, chants this mantra), because they find it so relaxing. It's a wonderfully meditative, hauntingly beautiful, and extremely powerful song.
7. Om Narayana
by Wade Imre Morissette
. Alanis Morrissette's
brother...and he's a yogi! I went to Alanis' concert in 5th grade, so it's only appropriate that I am now a fan of her brother's music. Sidenote/sad childhood memory: my Dad bought me a t-shirt at Alanis Morissette's concert and I LOVED it. It was so special--had glitter on it and everything! But, after wearing it to school once, my mom accidentally bleached it when washing it so that the writing turned to a puke green color (was baby blue). It was DEVASTATING. Anyways, great song.
6. Le Ciel Dans Une Chambre
by Carla Bruni
. Can't get enough of her--and
she's married to Nicholas Sarkozy
! Love to play this song during savasana. One of my wonderful students even brought in the translation for me since I always play it :) It's a beautiful song!
by Rufus Wainwright
. The first time I heard this song, it gave me chills. Another wonderful savasana song.
4. Time After Time
by Eva Cassidy
. I usually play this song near the end of class, when things are winding down. LOVE. THIS. SONG. Always will!
3. Viva la Vida
. Great way to get people moving--I usually play during Surya A/B--whenever we're building heat :) Haven't found another song that gets things moving in quite the same way...except #1.
2. Hometown Glory
. She is amazing!!! I like playing this song 2nd or 3rd in the queue...SO powerful. I think it's my BF's favorite song to hear while practicing, too, which is saying something. Have I mentioned that I like Adele?
by Prem Joshua
. I put this song in almost all of my playlists, towards the beginning of class when we're building heat & energy. I find it so uplifting, fun, and energizing. REALLY haven't found another song that gets people moving like this one does.
Share: What's your favorite song to hear during your practice? Or, would you rather practice in silence? If so, why? Namaste!Mary CatherinePhoto credit: Examiner.com