Music is a hugely important part of life for many of us; it is part of many favourite memories, creates the mood at many occasions and is an art form that transcends cultures. Music has played a huge role throughout history and has brought humans together for generations from singing and dancing around campfires to finding shared interests with others through the bands and songs you listen to.
But do yoga and music go together? Our answer is yes, of course, they do! Music can be very emotive and help create positive or negative feelings, it’s also something that brings people together and both of these are core reasons why yoga and music go hand in hand.
That’s not to say that every yoga class should have music, but there is certainly a space for music within the yoga practice. In some practices, silence is good and very much part of the experience, but sometimes music can be uplifting and motivational. If the music follows your sequence it can help with the flow of the session too.
Music can also be a way to differentiate you from other yoga instructors and help generate more business, however with that comes the added responsibility of creating playlists for your classes and keeping these updated and ready to go for any new sequence you create. However, it doesn’t have to be hard to create a playlist it can be an easy and enjoyable experience.
In this article, we look at some of the things you should consider when creating a yoga playlist and also share with you some of the songs that Amanda and Rachael, the Ana Heart founders use as a core building block of their yoga practices.
What to consider when creating a yoga playlist
Ana Heart founders Amanda and Rachael both use music as part of their yoga teaching and choosing the appropriate music is a fundamental part of this.
Rachael approaches her music selection very carefully and can be picky about her choices. She finds that it can sometimes take quite a bit of time and patience to get the perfect soundtrack for her yoga classes.
However Rachael doesn’t just use standard meditation yoga music; her genuine interest and passion in getting the music right mean that some of her choices are often described as extravagant, unique or somewhat eccentric. Choosing the music for the class she considers mood to be an important factor and plays with music that is mellow, energetic, romantic and upbeat until she has the perfect list to match the flow of her class.
Some of the current songs in her playlist include:
You can listen to a selection of our music here
Music can be a great addition to your yoga class if used wisely. As you can see from the song choices above there are lots of different choices available. If you’re interested in trying to add music into your class then try it! Be sure to practice on your own a few times before introducing it to your class and when you do be confident about it, if you find it doesn’t work you can always change it up. There are loads of options available on platforms like Sound Cloud and Spotify and as you can see from Amanda and Rachael’s choices you can be as adventurous as you want with your song choices!