I love a creative, challenging, uplifting yoga practice, but when you teach over 14 classes a week, it’s sometimes daunting to keep things fresh. Then one day while I was running to a great playlist, I realized, “That’s it!” Music became my muse. I completely respect and appreciate yogis who prefer classes without music, because after all, the breath is the true soundtrack of the yoga practice, but for me, the music enhances the mood of a class. You can take that super literal, and play Nelly Furtado’s, “I’m Like A Bird,” in flying pigeon pose, but there’s an art to selecting a playlist that ebbs and flows with the sequences, and heightens, rather than takes away from, the experience on the mat.
What makes a good yoga playlist? Look for the arc!
- Start with something instrumental to connect with your breath and tap into your rhythm.
- The next song builds up a little more, and it keeps building.
- The peak song is in conjunction with the peak pose or peak moment of class (there can be several), and then there’s an easier descent down. There’s nothing like Prince’s “Purple Rain” during a deep hip opener, or Sade’s “Solider of Love” to arouse more fierceness in a warrior pose.
Just like the vast sea of yoga poses, and the infinite way you can put them together to make interesting sequences, there is a never-ending library of music to draw inspiration from. I’m constantly using my Shazam app to discover new songs. Different genres, artists, and tracks evoke different feelings, and that’s been the recipe for how I put my playlists together. Inspiration is everywhere, from nature, to art, to music, to science, to relationships. What inspires you? Check out my latest playlists at: www.yogawithdina.com/playlist
AUTHOR: Dina Ivas