Music is a very important part of my life. Growing up you’d often find me with my headphones on, meditating on the lyrics or moving to the beat. So it is only natural that my yoga playlists reflect that aspect of my personality. I put a lot of time and energy into curating the right mood and flow to match my asana sequencing and theme. Below are four of my playlists (65 minutes each) currently in rotation:
- Spring – I’ve been listening to more Yo-Yo Ma and cellist Dana Leong lately. I admit as soon as I heard Janelle Monáe had a new song entitled ‘Yoga’ I knew it would make it to my playlist. Plus I’m loving everything Hozier and James Blake.
- Pop mix – Some teachers think it’s a sign of distraction when students start singing along to song lyrics during a class. However, I love it. I have very fond memories of times when one of my favorite songs came on at a yoga studio and the emotional connection my body and mind made. I try to balance out the “well known” songs with lots of instrumental or world music so students have a chance to let go too. After almost every class where I play Lokua Kanza someone asks who the artist was. His voice is so moving.
- R&B/African mix – R&B is actually one of my favorite genres of music for my personal yoga practice. Plus I went through a huge Nico & Vinz phase last year. The last two Miles Davis songs and ‘in a sentimental mood’ always leave me feeling thoughtful yet at peace.
- Reggae/Pop mix – Staying true to my West Indian roots, I also flow to reggae music. These songs by Damian Marley, Bob Marley, DJ Drez, Matisyahu and Sade go well with my teaching style. PS the Gordon Hempton track is 24 minutes of nature sounds – I play 5 minutes worth during savasana.
Comment below to share your favorite songs for yoga flow.