Yoga playlist: how to structure and sample lists

Hi world! Its been a while since I’ve posted, life has me wrapped tight in its arms (in a good way).

In the past I’ve always had people compliment me on my yoga playlists during class. I received a compliment from a recent YTT graduate who absolutely loved my 75min yoga playlist. When I first started teaching, it took me a while to figure out my playlists; how to structure the music to match the intensity or lack there of, similar to how classes were structured.

Structuring

Students are expecting a zen environment so think of that when you are choosing songs. I did not want to include music that would be distracting (example; Thong Song, children music), pose any emotional connection (example; love songs, break-up songs), or simply not appropriate (example; curse words, religious music, pop hits). Think about being in a yoga class and hearing a Spice Girls song. Although it may be your favorite song to sing in the shower, does it match the intensity of your yoga class or does it remind you of being in a Zumba Class?  I have incorporated pop hits in my class but they have been acoustic and may exclude the lyrics. On the other hand, I did not want to have music that was so chill and zen that I could fall asleep.  I’ve finally created a structure for creating a playlist;

Low>Medium/high/medium> Low

So, what does this mean? I begin class with light, low sounds like Anahata Either by Sound Ambassador. Typically these songs in the beginning are five minutes or longer which gives enough time for opening the class, cueing breath, intention setting and small movements. As the class time picks up, I move into jams that offer more bass and a moderate tempo like Breathe by Telepopmusik. As the class comes down onto their back or bums for final cooling movements, the light, low sounds return with a lounge feel until we get back into the same tempo the class began with.

Sample Lists

Make time to include music in the beginning of the playlist to play as students arrive.

Playlist 1(I use this list for a 75 min class):

  1. Anahata Either- Sound Ambassador (8:56)
  2. Flying- Garth Stevenson (6:12)
  3. Beyond this moment- Patrick O’Hearn (4:47)
  4. Remembrance- Caia (7:15)
  5. Chakra Rhythm- Soulfood & Brent Lewis (9:14)
  6. Hold On- Angus & Julia Stone (4:24)
  7. Breathe- Télépopmusik (5:55)
  8. Soak It Up- Houses (4:12)
  9. Coffee- Sylvan Esso (4:30)
  10. Bolo Hari- Dharma Dogz (8:05)
  11. Lounge- Yoga & Yoga (4:42)
  12. Don’t You Want Me- Bahamas (3:19)
  13. Threnody- Goldmund (4:41)
  14. Flux- Garth Stevenson (4:06)
  15. Savasana – Ananda Girl (7:11)

Playlist 2

  1. Anahata Either (see above)
  2. Flux (see above)
  3. Tabla Breath- Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt (5:27)
  4. Clair de Lune- Flight Facilities (7:40)
  5. Come- Lemon Jelly (8:29)
  6. For What Its Worth- DJ Drez (4:57)
  7. Sitar Lights- DJ Drez (8:54)
  8. Soak It Up- Houses (4:12)
  9. Beauty & The East- Bonobo (6:51)
  10. Terrapin- Bonobo (4:40)
  11. On Namah Shivaya- Benjy Wetheimer (7:19)
  12. Longing – Ty Burhow, Krishna Das (7:36)
  13. Shanti (Peace out)- Mc Yogi (6:59)

There are other great songs that are in other playlists of mine that include most of the songs above. Here are a lists of other great songs I use:

  • Santa Maria- Gotan project
  • Awake- Tycho
  • To the shore- Bombay Dub Orchestra
  • Ghostwriter- RJD2
  • Boodflood- Alt- J
  • Om Nama Shivaya- Sonicjoy
  • Drive- Karsh Kale
  • Terrapin- Bonobo
  • Lotus- Jalan Jalan

Artists to check out:

  • DJ Drez
  • Karsh Kale
  • Bonobo
  • Tycho
  • Odesza
  • MC Yogi
  • Krishna Das

I hope you find this helpful! Happy playlist making!!

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