For anyone who regularly attends my classes you will know that I nearly always have music playing in the background at some stage during the practise. Every yoga teacher has their own opinions on whether music belongs in a yoga class or not. Traditionalists believe that it can be a distraction, that it impedes students from fully connecting with their breath and being fully present. Others will only play certain types, such as instrumental music or sanskrit chanting. I like to bring in a variety types, old and new, pop and instrumental. I do agree that we live in an over-stimulated word most of the time, but also feel that music can really add to the ambience of class and transport students to deeper energy levels - either uplifting or relaxing. There are times when I prefer silence, particularly when practising pranayama (breathing) exercises at the start of a class. And on the rare occasions that I get to practise yoga outside there is nothing better than a soundtrack of the wind blowing through the leaves or waves moving in to the shore (for those blissful beachside sessions!)
I like to change up my soundtracks depending on the type of class I'm teaching, the pace and also the time of year. Music is a very personal taste but here a few of my current favourites that I like to play during class and also when I'm practising myself at home. Enjoy!
"Sapsorrow" by Lanterns on the Lake
"Java Shiva Shankara" by Namaste
"For What it's Worth (India Dub) by DJ Drez
"Magic" by Coldplay
"Porcelain" by Moby
"Tilted" by Christine and the Queens
"To Lose Someone" by Taken by Trees
"Run Cried the Crawling" by Agnes Obel ... or anything by Agnes Obel really!
"Dream 3 (in the midst of my life)" by Max Richter