Cool Yoga Music

You don’t have to rub crystals and listen to Yanni to get into the practice of yoga. Music and yoga are both a big part of my life, and both bring me a great deal of joy. Listening to great music while practicing yoga is my idea of nirvana. Sometimes that music is the sound of the waves, and sometimes it can be silence. I’m not a fan of the harpy, Zen-like genre of yoga music. I like to include upbeat music in my class playlists. Sometimes that means a song has a little soul or maybe even a little rap (thank you MC Yogi), and then I always throw in a few mellow slow-dance songs for warm ups and savasana cool downs. As my yoga teaching has evolved, so have my playlists, and I’m tending to play more music without any lyrics. The good news: I’ve been able to find some really awesome music that is still upbeat, but does not distract. I’ve been writing about my favorite upbeat yoga music for a while, so here are a few past blog entries you may want to check out.

“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul Create the symphony of life.” -B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.”  -Sting

Yoga Class Playlists

Yoga Songs for the Sangha, The Road, and Soundtracks – three great new yoga music CDs to fill up your yoga class playlists!

Yoga Class Playlist NirvanaJahta Beat The Lotus Memoirs by DJ Drez

MC Yogi Pilgrimage – The New Yoga Playlist Must Have!

Covers, Acoustical, and Chinmaya – Oh, My!

Smileasana – A  yoga class theme and playlist full of songs that will make you smile!

The Boys are Back In Town

Expanding My Yoga Musical Horizons

I Just Want to Light You Up

Crazy-Blessed Angel

Can You Name This Mystery Musical Diva

Cool Yoga Tunes

Embrace Your Inner Goddess – An All Female Artist Playlist

New Year’s Rockin Eve – Yoga Class Playlist

 

Cool Yoga Music – CD Reviews

Songs for the Sangha | Deva Premal, Miten, and Manose

The Road | Avasa & Matthew Love

Yoga Soundtracks Volume 1 | Ben Leinbach

Mantras, Beats & Meditations – MC Yogi

Jahta Beat The Lotus Memoirs by DJ Drez – Yoga Class Playlist Nirvana

This IS Soul Kirtan!  Lady in Red C.C. White – Bringing Soul Kirtan

Pilgrimage – MC Yogi

Favorite Savasana Songs

“Be Here Now” by Ray LaMontagne Tops the All Time Best Savasana Song List

Favorite Savasana Songs, “Glitter in the Air” by Pink

Aqueous Transmission Makes the Favorite Savasana Song List

Yoga Rocks

Yoga Rocks…Literally

I Am Who I Am

Waves + Yoga = Nirvana

Yoga Theme Songs

Because I’m Happy!

Today is Going to Be The Best Day of My Life

Up On a Yoga Mat (Yoga Song Parody of Up On The Roof)

Take Your Passion, And Make it Happen!

Get Lost in Your Mind A Lovely (Yoga) Day and awesome song parody!

What’s Your Yoga Theme Song?

You Just Got to Believe – Believe in Yourself!

Embrace Your “Tiny Dancer”

Feeling Stronger Everyday

My New Yoga Theme Song – “This Will Be” an Everlasting Love for Yoga

“Give Love” a Hip-Hop Yoga Anthem courtesy of MC Yogi

“Let Love Rule” My New Yoga Theme Song

“You Only Get What You Give”

“I’m Alive”

[Your City Name Goes Here] Rock City! (Yes, even a Kiss song can be a yoga theme song)

I’m A Breath Believer – A Yoga Theme Song Parody

Featured Yoga Playlist Artists

Featured Yoga Playlist Artist: Chrissie Hynde

Featured Yoga Playlist Artist: Lenny Kravitz

Since I’m obsessed with creating the perfect yoga playlist, please leave your comments, suggestions, and favorite artists below! I’d love to hear about your favorite upbeat yoga music and CD recommendations. Music Symbol Illustration: Billy Alexander

14 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Rowan

    These are great – thank you so much! Am always seeking new additions to my yoga playlist and am definitely adding yours!

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  2. Kat

    This is great, thanks! I’ve been wanting to find some contemporary music for my playlists, but just don’t have the time to seek out music and put it all together.

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  3. Emily

    girl this is my new favorite site! thanks for creating a fantastic reference site (these playlists.. yeyah!) and such an uplifting atmosphere. wow!

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  4. Kitzie Stern

    Lots of people use the New World Kirtan podcast for their Yoga practice. It’s about an hour of Western style kirtan music, and there’s a new one every week. Lots of back episodes too, check it out: http://www.newworldkirtan.com
    Love your site!
    Peace,
    Kitzie Stern
    Producer, New World Kirtan Podcast

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  5. Suzanne

    Just discovered your site and I really enjoy your info and energy. Here are a few songs that keep making it onto my class playlists that you may enjoy “Peace, Love & Happiness” by G. Love & Special Sauce, “I Like You” by S.J., “Simply Beautiful” by Queen Latifah (Leela James’ is awesome too) and “Beauty in the World” by Macy Gray. Thanks again for your site!

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  6. Maria @dailydownwarddog

    Suzanne & Kitzie –
    Thanks for the awesome suggestions and for stopping by the DDD. I always love getting new recommendations for yoga class music. Can’t wait to check out G. Love & Special Sauce (with a name like that – it has to be good) and The New World Kirtan Podcast!
    Thanks Again!!

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  7. Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    thank u for sharing these playlists! Have been looking for great music for my classes !!

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  8. mkkitt

    I have been using pieces by Matthew C. Shuman in my Yoga group for the past couple months now. They fit my routines nearly perfectly and my class members consistently compliment my song selection. I downloaded his CDs from Amazon and iTunes, looks like there are hard copies available through his website. http://www.matthewcshuman.com

    Amazon: Escape from Reality, Falling Into Place, Natural Emotion

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  9. jen

    Thanks for sharing your music! So happy to see you supporting Australian music with Pete Murray on your list. I don’t play music in my class as I teach outdoors in a park in Balmain, Sydney but have loved listening to all your suggestions… thank you! You might like this as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lx_lPyJluc&feature=related
    Jen

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  10. Lisa

    Thank you these are really great and helpful!

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  12. Carol

    How are you dealing with music licensing (ASCAP and BMI) in using your playlists to teach classes?

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    Some great tracks here, thanks for sharing them. I love this kind of music, I usually just put it on when I’m in the bath 🙂

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