For along time I’d been intimidated by yoga. The thought and feelings of sitting in some barren studio hearing wind chimes or endless Kitaro CDs put me off. Do not get me wrong I love Kitaro and George Winston. I was introduced to their music long before I took up yoga. I’ll get back to them a little later. Part of what kept me from yoga was my understanding about what I needed to do, be or listen to. Music is important to me and while tranquility is necessary to I find that music is handy as motivation while doing yoga. So that stated there are times in the start and completion of the yoga session where I like a peaceful calm or contemplative tune. However I cannot take an hour of it. Then I found a show on the Oxygen network called Inhale. Steve Ross changed my life.

yoga music

Steve is a musician who played bands like Men at Work and Fleetwood Mac. He likes music. His type of yoga and his personality are not for everybody. However he opened my eyes (or rather ears) to exactly what yoga can be for me. I can pay attention to Motown, or Reggae or New Age. Right here are just a few of my favorites and where I position them in my exercise.

The first area I’ll call Sly Groove. These songs have a sluggish ambiance that sneaks up on you, it’s contagious. I can’t help however move when I hear these tunes:

  • Got to be Real- Cheryl Lynn
  • I’ll Take you There- Staple Singers
  • Mercy Mercy- Marvin Gaye
  • Got to be Real- Cheryl Lynn
  • Let us Stay Together- Al Green
  • Oooh Child- Five Stairsteps

The next section is all about Inspiration. Truly it could as well be called the Motown Choices. I do enjoy the classics. I can work out to this type of music solely and be delighted.

  • Aint Nobody- Chaka Khan
  • Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett (initial) or from the film the Dedications.
  • You have got The Best of My Love- the Feelings. Love this song!
  • Sing A Song- Earth Wind & Fire
  • Ain’t too Proud To Beg- Temptations
  • My Loving (Never Gonna Get It) En Vogue

When I wish to be motivated here’s a list of songs that work for me. The concept is large noise, church-like feel. The music needs to urge me to let go, be in the minute, feel it and just be complimentary. I do not know how else to describe it.

  • Revolution- Kirk Franklin
  • Stomp- Kirk Franklin
  • I Believe- Sounds of Blackness
  • Let the River Run- Carly Simon
  • Reach Gloria Estefan
  • Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield

The last section is for a more contemplative state of mind whether it’s warming up or cooling off these tunes help me slow down and focus.

  • In The Light of the Spirit- Kitaro. Any variety of songs by Kitaro work right here. As long as it’s sluggish and contemplative, spiritual it’ll work.
  • Peace-George-Winston Again there are a lot of I might select right here, however I love the feeling of peace and relaxation this one offers me.
  • Rainsong-Nelly Stharre I reside in the Northwest and for me this catches the feel and the impact this has is instant relaxation.
  • Noctural Afternoon -Joe Rojo. Joe is pal of mine and this tune has constantly been a preferred.
  • Watermark-Enya Yeah I understand it’s on everybody’s playlist however there’s a factor.

Make your own play list. Try out kinds of music. One day do a Reggae flavored exercise, the next shot working up a sweat to music from the 50’s or Motown hits (my favorite) You need to see how joyful my chair posture is while grooving to Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally! Maybe crucial is more your style since it helps you focus. Or attempt a work out with Celtic music. Possibly African dance music moves you. Each form of music will develop a various yoga experience. Altering the music can give you the energy and encouragement to maintain your yoga regimen, and it’s an excellent way to keep things fresh.