Perfect songs for your yoga playlist: let your students jam out to this power yoga playlist.
How do you create an inspiring playlist for 60 minutes of vinyasa?
Start by reviewing what you have planned for movement during your class. Chances are your flow follows an order like this:
- Slow warm-up
- Sun Salutation A
- Sun Salutation B
- Balancing sequence
- Core work and inversions
Your music should follow the same pattern. Start it off soft and slow.
Tip: consider the first 3-5 minutes without music so students can focus 100% of their energy on being present and engaging ujjayi breath.
Then, let students ease into their practice with something calming. After a few minutes, start to build songs that incorporate more of a beat or vocals. This should happen around the time you get into your Sun A's.
Once you move onto Sun B's (maybe about 15 minutes in), find songs that have some sort of beat. Select music that helps students move and breathe as they flow from one posture to the next.
Tip: try to find songs that aren't on the radio. Sometimes popular songs can bring up memories or distract students as they flow. Music should supplement your class, rather than act as a distraction.
The middle 20 minutes of class is the time for your best, upbeat songs. This is where students become tired, frustrated, and lose focus. If you have engaging songs, they're more likely to keep up with their ujjayi pranayama.
Slow things down in the last 10-12 minutes with songs similar to how you opened class.
For savasana, pick something without words. Your savasana song is everything - it needs to be neutral, pleasant, and without surprises halfway through.
60-Minute Yoga Playlist:
- Lost Karma
The Herd Brothers
- Follow the Sun
- Nectar Drop
- Something About You - Odesza Remix
- Finally Moving
- Kusanagi - Instrumental
- Spirit Cold
- Green Mountain State
- Om Namah Shivaya
- Silence is Golden
Follow my 60-minute power yoga playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/kimstabenow/playlist/2Lwh3FnVeErsBCg5sZHiYD
What are your favorite songs for your perfect yoga playlist?
Love + Light!