I love yoga. I love music. To me, they go hand in hand. I don’t remember the flow for the first yoga class I took in a gym in Los Angeles. But I vividly remember the song that played during savasana, Mazzy Star’s “Into the Dust.” I was hooked. I loved the way the music encourages my emotions to flow as my body moves.
That is why I always teach yoga to music. It’s something I just feel is important to what I want my practitioners (I use this word on purpose) to experience while in my class. I don’t mind attending classes that don’t have music; I am a firm believer that every yoga teacher leads their own path and they should do what makes them feel comfortable in class.
At the same time, I would love to encourage yoga teachers to teach with music! That’s what I am doing here. I am curating a 1-hour yoga playlist every fortnight. The first of the month will be a Monthly playlist, which is a mix of classic and new songs that I’ve experienced in my yoga practice and love. I tend to not make these OM-ey. Although I do love kirtan and other yoga-inspired music, I also find that playfulness in the playlist can bring lightness and happiness to my practitioners taking the class. The second of the month is a THEMED playlist. Speaking of fun… These all have a fun theme to them which will be sure to make your practitioners smile at some point during the practice.
All of the playlists start soft and introductory, then lead you into a portion of the class for the flow, and winds down for stretching and final savasana. They are each roughly 1-hour long, so you can of course time or edit it accordingly.
The best part about these playlists is they aren’t just for yoga. Are you a barre or HIIT instructor? Are you gardening, cooking, or relaxing at home? These totally work anywhere. I hope you enjoy!
My playlists are offered through Spotify. If you have any questions or suggestions on another place to listen to the playlist from, just let me know!
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Jamie is an American girl residing in Sydney, Australia. Not sure which she loves more: yoga or wine, Jamie created a blog all about both, and everything in between!