Yoga Music: Your Home Practice Playlist

October 28, 2014
Yoga Music: Your Perfect Home Practice Playlist

Practicing at home can be made more exciting with the perfect playlist

Although I greatly value my yoga studio, practicing yoga at home is just as rich and rewarding for me. Being in your own space, led by your own intuition, is an entirely different experience than following a guide in a room filled with students.

The one downside to my home practice is that it can get monotonous. Sometimes I don’t even want to finish my sequences because I get bored and uninspired.

For me, good background music is a great way to get out of my rut. The perfect yoga music playlist can influence my movement in a way that I couldn’t on my own. It’s even better when the music can be my meditation–engaging my focus as I move through my asanas.

Whether you’re a slow-flow kind of person or you prefer a dynamic that is bubbly and dynamic, I’ve got the tunes for you.

Here are a few of my favorite albums to use both in my home practice and when I teach. All of them are great added to a mix or played the whole way through.

1. Balkan Beat Box– Nu Med

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box is a colorful fusion of Jewish, Eastern European and Middle Eastern influence, mixed with subtle electro. If you’re lacking energy to power through a practice, this is the album for you. I can’t help myself from dancing in down dog when practicing to this lively band.

Great for: Vinyasa Flow

2. Osel-Om Mani Padme Hum

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Osel

This couple is near and dear to my heart. Michael Johnson, on the left, was one of my (favorite) instructors at Yoga Teacher Training. Osel’s music incorporates traditional Hindu Kirtan in a fresh, modern way. My favorite thing about Osel is that they intentionally pace each album to sync up with the listener’s ujjayi breath as they practice.

Great for: Hatha

3. Red Fulka– We Are One

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Red Fulka

On their ReverbNation page, this band is described as an “ecstatic shamanic disco show”. It has almost as much energy as Nu Med, but not quite. It’s jazzy while remaining earthy and grounded. This combo is a great way for you to get in touch with your natural vigor on the mat.

Great for: Ashtanga

4. Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Sean Johnston

This is another yogic-centered band that meshes ancient concepts with funk, world, rock and more. Their pace is pretty slow, making it suitable for a class of the same structure. Sean has his own yoga/soul school in New Orleans, proving that he doesn’t just talk the talk of spiritual values.

Great for: Yin

5. Delhi 2 Dublin

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Delhi to Dublin

Although I listed another vinyasa soundtrack previously, I couldn’t bypass inlcuding Delhi 2 Dublin in my list. They are great for quicker-paced classes and are so very danceable, just like Balkan Beat Box. I love their “East meets West” vibe, which suits modernized Western yoga so well.

Great for: Vinyasa Flow

6. Snatam Kaur– Heart of the Universe

Yoga Music: Perfect Playlist - Snatam

Snatam Kaur is an American peace activist whose passion is present in her music. Her new age music utilizes Kirtan, specifically from a Kundalini background. The lyrics are uplifting and spiritual, yet do not discriminate. It can suit listeners of any ideology.

Great for: Kundalini

 Do you have a favorite band or song to practice yoga to? 

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Photo: Mary Hood; Timothy Lloyd via Wikimedia Commons, Oselmusic.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/RedFulka, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Tabercil via Wikimedia Commons, J Singh via KuarArt.com

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Quincy is an NC-based college student who is passionate about leading a healthy and compassionate life. Aside from classes, she fills her time with cooking, writing, travel, and yoga. You can find more from her on her blog Shugurcän and on Instagram.

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