For a while now, I have been adamantly rejecting listening to music while practicing yoga. However, at a recent vinyasa class, a teacher put on a playlist that fit so perfectly with my “intent” for the class, that my mind was immediately changed. Since then, on days where I can’t make it in to Sanctuary, I put on the following yoga playlist while I practice at home. The songs are all slow, but they have that great, flowing rhythm that inspires me to breathe steadily as I work my way through poses.
Personally, these songs are mostly a collection of important pieces from my more recent past – each one holds important meaning in one way or another. This certainly isn’t a necessary quality of the music you practice to; in fact, for many, it makes more sense to simply listen to white noise or instrumental pieces. Try each category out and find what feels most natural and comfortable for you — and don’t be surprised if your needs change each time you practice!
In no particular order (although I do highly recommend starting with “Dawn” and ending with “Nude”), my yoga playlist:
- “Dawn” by Dario Marianelli
- “Naked As We Came” by Iron & Wine
- “Holocene” by Bon Iver
- “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra
- “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell
- “Salvation” by Gabrielle Aplin
- “All the Pretty Girls” by Kaleo
- “As Much As I Ever Could” by City and Colour
- “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
- “Be Here Now” by Ray LaMontagne
- “Work Song” by Hozier
- “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez
- “Nude” by Radiohead
The playlist is about 57 minutes, which leaves those last three minutes to really relish in a quiet shavasana / “corpse pose”.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer quiet or sound when practicing? Do you need a strong, heavy beat, or do you prefer more natural and organic sounds? I would love to know!
(And in case you don’t want to hunt too far to listen to the songs I’ve listed, I’ve provided a link that will take you directly to a Spotify playlist.) Happy listening!