February 17, 2016

My Favorite Yoga Songs

Maybe it’s because I have a background in dance, but I love teaching to music. Some yoga teachers prefer not to, but for me, it is part of the experience of putting together my classes. I love to put together my music and then let the practice create itself from there. It’s an organic process for me and a creative outlet. Over the years, I have always been on the hunt for good music to incorporate into my yoga class playlists. Music for yoga can be a little tricky. Since the practice requires so much mental awareness, you don’t want something that will be distracting. The music should guide and inspire the practice and not take away from it. Music and yoga are both very personal, but I believe when brought together thoughtfully, they can create a magical experience for both the student and the teacher. Luckily, I always seem to end up with amazing students who love music as much as I do and I have gotten some great recommendations from them. Some of those made it onto the list below and the fact that those songs have connected me with a student make them even more special. I hope this list gives you some inspiration for your own class playlists and, if nothing else, some good tunes to chill out to! So, in no particular order, here are 25 of my very favorite songs to teach yoga to… old, new and everything in between. I have cherry picked them out of a massive collection just to share with you! Enjoy!

  1. Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
  2. Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling
  3. Fresh Feeling by Eels
  4. So Good to Me by Chris Malinchak
  5. Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix) by Coldplay
  6. Intro by The XX (I wish this song was like ten times the length but I love opening class with it)
  7. Wonderwall by Ryan Adams 
  8. Miracle by Blackmill
  9. Track 4 by Sigur Ros 
  10. Coffee by Sylvan Esso
  11. Song for Zula by Phosphorescent
  12. Shanti (Peace Out) by MC Yogi
  13. Mandala by Thievery Corporation
  14. Zoo York by Paul Oakenfold
  15. Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) by Massive Attack
  16. Dance by Rebecca & Fiona
  17. Comes & Goes in Waves by Greg Laswell
  18. Baba Hanuman by Heather & Benjy Wertheimer
  19. Genesis by Grimes
  20. Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez
  21. Where's the Love by Trevor Hall
  22. Want Me by Affelaye
  23. Fineshrine by Purity Ring
  24. 100 Billion Stars by Lux
  25. Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) by Flight Facilities

BONUS: Anything by Moby!