A good playlist can really make a class. I personally enjoy teaching to music, and as a student, I love hearing what other instructors have on their playlists - it's kind of like a little peek into what's inspiring them lately. Whole classes or workshops can be built around music (much like Megan Currie's Metamorphasis workshop which was set to Philip Glass' album of the same name). The one thing I don't care for, however, is when instructors use the same music over and over again. It might be the best playlist on earth, but after hearing it again and again it can get old, you know? So I'm always exploring iTunes to see what I can find that would work for class. These are a few of my favorite recently discovered tunes that I've added to my yoga playlist. They're, in my opinion, beautiful for a power class.
1. Thunderclap by Dr. Toast. Great to open the practice with.
2. Tulsa by Poolside. Slow, pretty, great for warming up.
3. Bounce dive by Helio. Downtempo, sort of haunting.
4. A Walk by Tycho. The prettiest, prettiest, prettiest song. Especially the beginning.
5. Man O To by Nu . Uptempo. Perfect for beginning the most challenging part of the practice.
6. Kidda by Natacha Atlas. Love this song. Reminds me of my Labanese roots. :) It's uptempo, so best for the middle of your practice.
7. Dobro by Kaya Project. This is a really cool song - kind of like a dub step song with a few blues riffs and harmonica action. Still uptempo, great for the most challenging part of your practice.
8. Elegy by Tycho. Still a bit upbeat, but a great way to start slowing the practice down.
9. Libanon 7 by Rayon. A soft instrumental featuring piano and cello - so pretty.
10. A path with a heart by TJ Rehmi. Downtempo and gentle, good for winding down the practice.
What do you enjoy listening to while practicing? Other playlists can be found here.