The Ultimate Yoga Playlist

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Many people love playing music while they do yoga. Music's benefits vary from person to person, but they often include mood setting. Love to challenge yourself during a workout? Meet your latest challenge alongside motivational or inspirational music. On the other hand, a relaxing session may call for soothing music. Other benefits of playing music during a yoga session include momentum, easier transitions from pose to pose, and a degree of grace and musicality to movements. If you're not sure what songs may suit you, check out a few song ideas for the ultimate yoga playlist.

Yin Yoga

In yin yoga, you focus on holding prone poses for longer periods of time, for as long as five minutes. You may want music that enhances stillness -- music that helps you concentrate or meditate. Avoid loud music or music with a robust beat. Good songs include:
  • Music in the Key of Om by Jack DeJohnette
  • Buddha Nature by Deuter
  • Bhavana and Earth by 10 West
  • Savasanas by Gabriele Morgan
  • One Quiet Night by Pat Metheny
  • Infinite Octaves by Andrew Forrest
  • Migration by Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai

Power Yoga

Power yoga has an emphasis on fitness with the nice benefit of stress reduction. Practitioners often want to build stamina, strength and flexibility. Good songs for a power yoga playlist include:
  • Lotus Heart by Desert Dwellers
  • Possibility by Lykke Li
  • Creation by DJ Drez
You may prefer a playlist that starts slow and increases in intensity before coming full circle to end on a leisurely note. Songs in this order could include:
  • Near Light by Ólafur Arnalds
  • The Cello Song by The Piano Guys
  • El Bandido by Nicolas Jaar
  • Thunderclap by Dr. Toast
  • The Whisper by Random Rab
  • Latika's Theme by A.R. Rahman

Bikram Yoga

This type of yoga is literally hot. Sessions tend to be a little more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity levels of 40 percent. Movement is graceful and flowing, aimed at loosening muscles and promoting flexibility. For your Bikram sessions, you may enjoy songs that are about getting intense, sweaty and hot. Tunes include:
  • When I Grow Up by Fever Ray
  • Trick Pony by Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Sweet Rain by Euphoria
  • Tiger By My Side by Empire of the Sun
  • Ghost Dance by Tulku
  • California Soul by Marlena Shaw and Diplo

General Yoga

Whether you're a beginner or want to do a little of everything, you will discover how feel-good and carefree music can be a boon. To this end, consider adding to your yoga playlist songs such as:
  • Sail Away by David Gray
  • Blackbird by Sarah McLachlan
  • Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
  • Stir It Up by Bob Marley
  • Yellow by Coldplay
  • Sunrise by Norah Jones

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