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