Playlist-Yoga 1 2 3

yoga playlist 123

Being a yoga instructor, I have discovered many benefits of yoga over the years. I have learned that yoga is not merely some movements but it is the route through which I can connect with myself and with the world around me. The beautiful part of yoga is that it does not belong to one place or one nation. It is universal and everyone can understand the process even if they do not understand the language or the history behind this ancient practice.

What makes yoga so interesting is the fact that it is so beneficial that it actually has an impact on your physical wellness. It is understandable that exercise would make you flexible but the beauty of yoga lies in the fact that it helps in improving heart health and the working of other organs too.

Basically, when we are doing yoga, we are focusing on our bodies. For example, when we meditate, we focus on one point and let go of everything else. Yoga helps you let go of all the negative and focus on one thing, whether it is a song or hymn. Sometimes, it might even be just one word or a phrase and we call in mantra. Nowadays, music is a necessity in everyone’s lives. You keep your earphones plugged in even if you go out for grocery shopping. Why not use music in yoga too?

November Playlist for Yoga

I have made this playlist for yogis who will be doing yoga in November. This is the most of contemplation. We are coming to the end of the year and now, we look back at everything we have done during this year. Have we gotten better? Do we need to make any improvements for next year? What have we lost and what have we found? What are our plans and resolutions for the next year? All of these thoughts come into our minds as we come to the close of a year and beginning of another.

I have tried to make this playlist very inclusive. It has songs like Tarana from Ustad Sultan Khan that will soothe you on the inside and others like The Night by 14KT that will have you mesmerized by the lyrics. You might not understand every word of every song but I assure you that you will be able to sync your movements to every beat. If you are a beginner, I invite you to do yoga online with me. Together, we can sway and move to all these songs.

Yoga Playlist 123

Makes Me Wanna Die-Tricky
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih (Mangala Mantra)
Tarana -Ustad Sultan Khan
Chez Roger Boite Funk-Troublemakers
The Thing- Urbs & Cutex
After Hours- Various Artists from Bedouin Cafe
Grid Lok’d-Various Artists  from  Tandava
Roostman Dub -U-Roy & François K.
The Night-14KT
Track 02-Vlad    Tonglen
Shiva Invocation-Various Artists from Nataraja: Compiled By Shiva Rea

PS.

Practice yoga online with me or catch me at my next yoga event.  Learn more about our vinyasa flow yoga, online yoga classes, or try out the 30 day yoga challenge and try something new.

To see my latest playlists follow me on spotify

Yoga Playlist-Ultra Chill

ultra chill yoga playlist

While yoga might just be a routine activity for some people, there are others who use yoga as a way to connect with their inner selves and to free their minds of the problems that they are facing. According to Patanjali, who was one of the founding fathers of this practice, Yoga is the name of ‘stilling the mind’. In yoga, you still your mind and mental stillness takes you away from any kind of distraction or judgment that you face in your daily life.

Music for Mental Stillness in Yoga

Some people might associate mental stillness with silence but this does not always have to be the case. Your mind can be still and focused when without any silence. You just have to listen to the right kind of music as it will put you in a trance that will allow you to enjoy yoga and connect with your spirit. If you are just starting out, you mind find it confusing to sit silently doing yoga exercises without anything to synchronize them to. With music, this awkwardness is removed as you can connect with your mind and body. This physical and mental flow definitely helps you do much better.

Of course, this differs from person to person. Some people might like to have music playing in the background while others might be distracted by the same music. If you feel that the music you are playing is bringing back memories that you do not want to think about, then you can simply mute. However, for most people, music provides a rhythm that they can move to, while doing yoga. It also depends on the kind of yoga you are doing. For example, for Hatha, you would need a static kind of music playlist as it foes with the yoga poses.

Getting into the Flow

Science has been working on finding out how music affects our body and mind. According to most studies, music plays a role in improving your mood and enhancing physical performance. If there are so many benefits, then why not have a playlist playing in the background when you are doing yoga or teaching your students. Having some music in the background can make yoga much more fun especially if you are doing it with a group of people. Curating a yoga playlist is not like curating one for a road trip or a party. You have to play the right songs that will take you out of your fatigue and bring you to a world when you can flow with the words. This playlist will surely help you get into this world. The softer tones in these songs will help you get into a rhythm and go with the flow.

Ultra Chill

1. Second Sense-Second Sense

2. Angels-Thievery Corp Remix-Wax Poetic

3. Make Things Right-Lemon Jelly

4. Revolution Solution-Thievery Corp

5. Mannix-Klament Julienne

6.Get a Move On-Mr. Scuff

7. Valley of the Dolls-Mylo

8. Lita Kafez-Nurai

9. Montego Bay Spleen-St. Germain

10. Kanawa-Habib Koite

11. Indian Folklore-Hariprasad Chauraisa

 

Shiva Yoga Playlist

yoga playlist for shiva
Different religions have different beliefs and teachings. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world and its basis is laid on different Gods and their stories. One of the strongest Hindu Gods is Shiva. Shiva is the God of Divine Energy, Time, Destruction, Devas, Destroyer of Evil and God of Dance. he is the Lord of all Gods or Devas. Other names of Shiva are Bholenath, Shankara and Mahesha. There are many mentions of Shiva in the Holy Scriptures. It is said that Shiva has three eyes. He used the third eye to burn Desire to ashes. Shiva also has a crescent moon on his head.

In most iconography, Shiva is shown covered in ashes. This shows that every material existence in the world will come to an end and turn to ashes. It is important that, during your life, your search for spiritual liberation as life is going to end one day for everyone. Shiva is often seen in a yoga pose. Since most of his iconography shows him meditating, Shiva is also called the God of Yoga. This is why yoga is often associated with Lord Shiva.

Shiva and Yoga

There is definitely a strong association between Lord Shiva and yoga. God is often seen in a meditating pose which is why many people say that the Lord is closely linked to yoga. In many yoga classes, Hindu songs are played as they help in keeping the yoga-doers in sync. If you want to relax and have attained mental wellness, you can do so by doing yoga. Not only does it help in keeping you mentally healthy but it also plays a role in ensuring that your mind is at peace.

This playlist is called Shiva Playlist because it has songs that are associated with the God. There are songs like Third Eye and Jaia Ganesha that will help you do your yoga poses much better. There is an aim song in the list too i.e. Cold Water Music. I have curated this playlist by keeping the Hindu God in mind. It is not only good for people from the Hindu faith but will also be amazing background music, during yoga, for everyone. You might not be able to understand the language in some songs such as Hawa Dolo by Ali Farka but the music is so captivating that it will keep you in your tracks. All the tracks in this playlist are great for group or individual yoga practice. So, the next time you pull out your yoga mat to relax your mind, you can play this playlist on Spotify.

Shiva

1. Prana (Sahana Vavatu)-Craig Kohland
2. Transform-TJ Remi
3. Sangit Dub-PFL
4. Anthem-Gus Gus
5. The Dub and the Restless-Ticklah
6. Third Eye-Glen Velez
7. Jaia Ganesha-Dum Dum Project
8. Sundance-Shiva Nova
9. Cold Water Music-Aim
10. Chandini Chowk-Midival Punditz
11. Sabali-Rokia Traore
12. Hawa Dolo-Ali Farka Toure
13. Rudrashtakam-Krishna Das
14. Svefn-g-englar-Sigur Ros

Reggae yoga playlist

Reggae yoga playlist

Even though you might enjoy a different music genre when it comes to jamming with your friends, the kind of music that you play in the background during yoga should be different. There are different music genres for exercising or doing yoga and Reggae is one of the most popular genres for yoga. Reggae originated in the late 1960s. Coming from Jamaica, this music spread all around the world. The genre was named Reggae because this word was used in the song ‘Do the Reggay’ sung by Toots and the Maytals. Most of the time, people refer to Reggae as the music that is played in Jamaican dance. However, it is a genre that has been influenced by blues, jazz and New Orleans R&B. The thing about Reggae is that it relates news and political view.

The subgenres of this genre are roots reggae, lovers rock and reggae en Espanol. It also has various derivative forms such as drum and bass, jungle, dub and hip hop. There are many musical characteristics used in this musical genre, such as bass, guitars, horns, drums, keyboards and vocals.

Reggae and Yoga Music

Yoga is a beneficial practice that you can do every single day to stay healthy and live longer. It is not only yoga teachers that talk about the effectiveness of this practice. Science also proves the wonder of different yoga techniques through research and multiple studies. Yoga has been in practice for centuries. There was a time when people were just doing it without giving it a proper name. It has been a part of different cultures and traditions since the start of time. Nowadays, people go to yoga classes or do yoga at home to reap its benefits.

If you are doing yoga at home, you can play my reggae playlist in the background and let it captivate you while you try different techniques and yoga poses. These songs have been specifically hand-picked to sync with every movement of yours. Even as a yoga instructor or teacher, you can use this playlist while teaching your students or giving a yoga class. This playlist has Reggae songs from some of the best artists such as Dreadzone, Erykah Badu and Patrice. You might have never heard of these bands and artists before as they are not so mainstream but they are quite popular among people who are fond of Reggae. Play this playlist on Spotify when you are going to hold a yoga class or do yoga alone, the next time.

Reggae  Yoga Playlist 

1. Rebel Rouser-Bedouin Soundclash
2. Me-Erykah Badu
3. Ernie-Fat Freddie’s Drop
4. It’s Great When We’re Together-Finley Quaye
5. Sunshine-Patrice
6. What More Can I Really Do-Half Pint
7. Hot Fun in the Summertime-Sly & the Family Stone
8. Linda Cancao-Barrio Jazz Gang
9. Until the Morning (rewound by Thievery Corp.)-Thievery Corporation
10. Family Affair-Sly & the Family Stone
11. Out of Heaven-Dreadzone
12. Even After All-Finley Quaye
13. Hope-Fat Freddy Drop

 

Learn more about our vinyasa flow yoga, online yoga classes, or try out the 30 day yoga challenge.  Learn more about Clara’s 300 hour yoga teacher training OR 200 hour yoga teacher training courses. To see my latest playlists follow me on spotify

 

 

For the LoVe of mUsIc

how to make a yoga playlist

This is an article I wrote for the Lululemon Blog on how to make a yoga playlist…

Music is the soundtrack of our lives. What we listen to affects how we interpret our experience. That’s why a really good Dj is important. Whether you’re Djing in a club, at your house, or in a yoga class, you have the power to create any kind of mood you like.

My love affair with music started in the womb. My parents played gregorian chants on headphones for my listening pleasure as I floated in my mum’s tummy. Music was always playing in our house growing up. My father was known for his mix tapes in the community. He’s made over 200 mixes in his day.

When I took my first class at Jivamukti Yoga, I fell in love. I could tell the teacher had thought out how her playlist set the tone for the class. Two things made vinyasa my yoga style of choice: breathe based movement and that music is an integral part of the practice. A good playlist is one that takes you on a journey.

    I thought I’d share my creative process on how I make yoga playlists. It usually starts because either I hear a song that inspires me to move, there’s a theme I would like to work with, or there’s a bhav (mood) I’d like to create. From there I go through my music files and find other songs in the same genre or that have the same bhav (mood). You can also find like minded songs through ‘Genius’ on iTunes. Depending upon the BPMs of the song, it goes into one of four categories of the playlist. From there, you create the rest.

The opening is usually one to two slower songs to set the stage while you’re doing your surya namaskars. The next three songs start upping the energy. The third part is the peak/meat of the playlist. These songs will have the highest energy of the playlist, 30-50 minutes. Peak pose is usually around the 55 min mark of a 90 min class. After the peak pose, we move to the floor series: backbends, hip openers, twists and forward folds. During the floor series I begin I bring down the energy by slowing the tempo. The first two songs of the fourth part are bit slower than the peak and by the end of this part, they are super mellow readying for the shavasana song. What’s great about doing it this way is I rarely need to look at a clock while I teach as I can tell what time it is by where I am in the playlist. My playlists are usually 75 min long as I factor in 5 min for intro at the beginning and 5-8 min at the end for meditation and closing prayer. I also have a shavasana playlist just in case I need a bit more music at the end and my current playlist is over.

The Break Down

0-10 Min (Sun As)Slow music to ease into the flow, usually accoustic, one person singing if any.  Folk and classical pieces work great here. (Bon Iver, Arvo Part, Susheela Raman, Iron & Wine, Jamie Woon, Krishna Das, Bill Withers)
10-30 Min (Sun Bs, standing series)Down tempo, lounge music, R&B (Thievery Corp., Erykah Badu, radiohead, Bonobo, Bill Withers, Shaman’s Dream, Dj Shadow, Underworld)
30-55 Min (Standing series, moving towards peak pose)A bit more upbeat or stay with lounge depending upon what your peak pose is. I usually have a house song as my peak song if the peak is a very energizing pose, inversions/arm balances. (Junior Boys, Amma, Antibalas, Beat Pharmacy, Girish, Gazal, Cheb I Sabbah, Gotan Project, Spy from Cairo)
55-65 Min (Backbends, floor series)Back to down tempo, lounge, instrumental (Finley Quaye, Fat Freddy Drop, Portishead, Cat Power, Nightmares on Wax, Alif Tree, Tony Allen, Massod Ali Kahn)
65-75 Min (Shavasana)Chillest song of the playlist. Jai Uttal, Sade, Brian Eno, Amrita, Ben Leinbach, Shanti Shivani, silence is also great)

Here’s some examples of playlists:

Rain
Holocene    5:41    Bon Iver    Bon Iver    
That Home    1:53    The Cinematic Orchestra    
First two songs above are mellow.
To Be Alone With You    2:48    Sufjan Stevens       
Close to Me    5:16    Elk City    
Brothers On A Hotel Bed    4:31    Death Cab for Cutie    
The Dress Looks Nice On You    2:32    Sufjan Stevens    
See-Line Woman    2:38    Nina Simone    
Gabriel    4:19    Lamb    
For Emma    3:41    Bon Iver    
His Master’s Voice    4:50    Monsters Of Folk    
Time And Space    8:31    The Cinematic Orchestra    
‘Round Midnight    5:23    Thelonious Monk    
Oh, Lonesome Me (Ft. Lucinda Williams)    6:06    M. Ward    
Don’t Explain    4:22    Nina Simone    
A Thousand Tiny Pieces    3:46    The Be Good Tanyas    
I created it during the winter here in Vancouver, when we were in a particularly long spell of rain. The gift the rain gives us the opportunity to go deep inside. This playlist was to do exactly that. The peak song was Nina Simone’s, ‘See-Line Woman’. Besides that song, all the others are slower, setting a more earthy practice.

House
Something About Us    3:51    Daft Punk    
manvantara    9:28    bliss    
The Messenger    3:48    New Funky Generation    
This Is The Time    4:48    Dubtribe Sound System    
Free (Deep house remix)    6:21    Jill Scott    
After Hours    4:00    Various Artists    Bedouin Cafe
2 Please U (Losoul Surreal Visits Dub)    2:59    Freaks    
Someday    5:23    Beard    
On My Own    6:00    Amma   
The Rhythm In Your Mind    7:28    Dubtribe Sound System    
DJ Kicks    6:19    DJ Kicks    DJ Kicks    
bangla soul    4:24    baul dimension   
Silent Stations Pt 1    7:27    Project JPO  
I like to play this one when I’m working on inversions and arm balances as it’s very high energy.  

Yuppers
Let Your Be Known Remix    7:10    Steve Gold  
Ganapati    6:44    Susheela Raman    
By Your Side (Neptunes remix)    4:00    Sade    
Sometimes    4:07    Raphael Saadiq    
Diferente    5:22    Gotan Project    
Stay For Awhile (feat. Angie Stone)    4:02    Anthony Hamilton    
100 Yard Dash    2:19    Raphael Saadiq    
Until The Morning (Rewound By Thievery Corporation)    3:39    Thievery Corporation    
Ernie    7:17    Fat Freddy’s Drop    
Fire And Rain    3:26    James Taylor    
Sea of Love    2:18    Cat Power/Myra Lee    
Into Dust    5:37    Mazzy Star   
‘Yuppers’ was inspired by the first song on the list by Steve Gold. I heard it in Seattle when he gave it to my teacher, Shiva Rea. It brings back such beautiful memories for me and I find it so powerful. I play this one when it’s a heart opening/backbending themed class. Every song on this playlist is a homage to one of my teachers. This is only a 55 min playlist. I usually stop it for a bit after the final backbends so students can really sit in their experience of the heart openers. I put it back on when we get into hip openers.  

    Many people ask me where I get my music. I am blessed to have a couple friends back in NYC and San Fran that share what they’re excited about every so often. They’ve also come to know my tastes and send me things randomly when they think I’d dig it. Compilations are a great way to find out about new music (ie buddha bar, asian travels, Punjabi lounge, Shiva Rea’s compilations are great). Genius in the iTunes store is also good. I’m from the electronic era so I love world beats mixed with electronica. Too many words in a song can make you feel like you’re competing while teaching. There are times when I love hip hop and other genres with a lot of lyrics if I’m teaching an intermediate/advanced class as I don’t have to talk as much. However in open level classes, I prefer playlists with less lyrics in the peak part of the class as I’m usually cueing a lot.
    The most important thing to remember when making a playlist is that it should be music that inspires you! If you’re inspired by the music, it will come across in your teaching. There’s nothing worst than being in a class with elevator music (that’s what i call music playing softly in the background). Either play music and have it enhance the class, or don’t play it all. Music has the ability to take us deeper into our experience and it has the ability to take us out. So be conscious of how the music is shaping the experience.

Learn more about our vinyasa flow yoga, online yoga classes, or try out the 30 day yoga challenge. To see my latest playlists follow me on spotify

Rain Yoga Playlist & Thought

rain yoga playlist
Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge! Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortless reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasure. 
–Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love 
What is your relationship to the intellect?
What are you willing to risk to deepen your practice?
What’s your relationship to love?

Do you dare to be wild?  I hope so…

Playlist:
Rain
1. Holocene-Bon Iver
2. That Home-The Cinematic Orchestra
3. To be Alone With You-Sufjan Stevens
4. Close to Me-Elk City
5. Brothers On a Hotel Bed-Death Cab for Cutie
6. The Dress Looks Nice On You-Sufjan Stevens
7. See-Line Woman-Nina Simone
8. Gabriel-Lamb
9. For Emma-Bon Iver
10. His Master’s Voice-Monsters of Folk
11. Time and Space-The Cinematic Orchestra
12. ‘Round Midnight-Thelonious Monk
13. Oh Lonesome Me (Ft Lucinda Williams)-M. Ward
14. Don’t Explain-Nina Simone
15. A Thousand Tiny Pieces-The Be Good Tanyas

PS.

Practice online with me or catch me at my next yoga event. Learn more about our vinyasa flow yoga, online yoga classes, or try out the 30 day yoga challenge.