Jack White

Yoga Jams

First off, thanks so much for all the support, comments, shares, and feedback on my previous post: Lessons Learned from NEDA Awareness Week. It has been one of my most popular posts of the year(along with my Whole 30 post)! After my last post I kept thinking about what to write. I have so many ideas but none of them seem right to write at this very moment or they need more time to hash out in my journal. There has been so much going on in the Insta IG World and in my own personal life that I’ve been overwhelmed on where to go. I have had a rough week, and I almost decided not to write a post. But then I remembered my intention to blog every other week–so here I am.

If you know me or come to my classes you know that music plays a huge role in my approach. I love creating playlists or let my students choose the music in case I don’t have a playlist curated. I firmly believe that music can enhance a yoga class and can make people feel comfortable in a setting that can be intimidated. If I can do anything to make a yoga class less intimidating and more relaxing I’ll do it! Music can also  make one work harder, focus better, or turn a bad mood into a good one. So here are some of my top playlists:

 

 

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Body Positivity/Feel Good Playlist

*songs guaranteed to turn your frown upside and make you feel good about your body*

Feeling Good, Nina Simone
Video, India.Arie
Backwoods Barbie, Dolly Parton
Hey Girl, Lady Gaga & Florence Welch
Proud Mary, Tina Turner
Straight Up, Paula Abdul
I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
I’m Every Woman, Chaka Khan
The Glory of Love, Nina Simone
Brave, Sara Bareilles
These Boots Are Made For Walking, Loretta Lynn
Beautiful, Christina Aguilera
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Carole King
Lady, Stevie Nicks
Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston

I Believe in Love and Jam Bands

*songs by your favorite jam bands that will open that heart chakra and let love flow*

Appalachia Waltz, Yo-Yo Ma/Mark O’Connor/Edgar Meyer
Tennessee Waltz, Appalachian Pickers
Soulshine,Gov’t Mule
Prickly Pear, Bela Fleck
Last Chance to Dance Trance, Medeski, Martin, & Wood
Jessica, Allman Brothers
Free, Phish
Everyday, Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Stop Believing, Vitamin String Quartet
I Believe In A Thing Called Love, Vitamin String Quartet
Simple Gifts, Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss
Spiegel im Spiegel, Angele Dubeau
Breath, Helen Jane Long

Electric Flow

*for all my electronica yogis out there, get your flow on with these electronic tracks*

Moonbeams, MC Yogi & East Forest
Awake, Tycho
Ghost, Kiln
Dictaphone’s Lament, Tycho
Yellow Bird (Michal Menert Remix), Pretty Lights
White Lies, Odesza & Jenni Potts
Finally Moving, Pretty Lights
Innocence, Madeon
Bass Head, Bassnectar
You, Gold Panda
Love & Feeling, Chet Faker
Gooey, Glass Animals
Drift Away, Pretty Lights
Part Two-In My Own Way, Ray LaMontagne

Dedicated to Tom Petty

*I made this playlist after Tom Petty died, 45 minutes of some Tom Petty classics and deep cuts*

Dreamville
You Don’t Know How It Feels
You Wreck Me
Don’t Do Me Like That
American Girl
Free Fallin’
I Won’t Back Down
Turn This Car Around
Here Comes My Girl
Insider
Wildflowers

I Love the 70s

*quintessential classics that will make you take out your lighter while holding Chair Pose*

Junk, Paul McCartney
Baby, I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton
More Than A Woman, Bee Gees
I’ve Got A Feeling, The Beatles
Sugar Magnolia, The Grateful Dead
Learning to Fly, Pink Floyd
Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum
Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
Heart of Gold, Neil Young
Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Elton John
Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
My Melancholy Blues, Queen

The Go-To

*this playlist is good for any yoga class and suits all musical tastes, my go-to when I or my students can’t decide on what to play*

All The Wild Horses, Ray LaMontagne
Heart Is A Drum, Beck
Queen of California, John Mayer
Girl, Beck
All I Ever Wonder, St.Paul & the Broken Bones
Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter, Nina Simone
Sugar Never Tasted So Good (Acoustic), Jack White
Hit ‘Em Up Style, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Take a Walk, Passion Pit
Lovely Day, Bill Withers
What is Life, George Harrison
Can’t You See, Marshall Tucker Band
Souls Like the Wheels, Avett Brothers
Let’s Be Still, The Head and the Heart

My Favorite Pre-Made Playlists (Apple Music): Classic Acoustic, Relaxed/Remixed, Pure Yoga, Essential 70s Soft Rock, 80s Smash Hits, Today’s Chill, Rock Hits: 1973, The Beatles: Best Pop Songs

My Favorite Pre-Made Playlists (Amazon): Chill Indie for Yoga, Coffee Shop Electric, Mellow 70s Gold, 50 Great Beatles Songs, Classical for Yoga, Alt Pop for Yoga

Blog Posts about Music: That’s My Jam!, O, listen to the music, Say it in Song   

 

What are some of your favorite yoga jams? What artists help you get your flow on? What has been the most bizarre song you’ve heard or put on a playlist?

 

 

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Say it in Song

I’m still here…or am I? Life gets busy, dances must be danced, classes must be taught, yoga must be yoga’d, and work must be completed. In between dreams, naps, and pas de chat’s, a muse will appear. Lately I have been graced by the presence of quite a few muses which has caused me to pick up a pen *uhhh, keyboard* and open up the images of my heart….

The other day on the wonderful Book of Face (a fun name my hubby and I call Facebook) one of my friends posted the following question: What is your favorite song lyric(s)? I wanted to respond but soon realized I couldn’t pick just one. As an individual whose life is just as much about music as it is about dance, this question was like Lay’s potato chips, betcha can’t pick just one. In response to this question I  made my own list. As I sit here and make my list I have to give myself some rules or else this post would be one million words and an epic of lyrical proportions. 1) 1 Beatles song/1post break up-The Beatles are my all time favorite artists and I believe they have produced some of the best lyrics EVER, even as solo artists they continued to create work that is timeless, honest, emotional. 2) Include a handful of songs post 1990. Music from the 60s-70s is my jam and I could easily make my list of just songs from this era, but great music has been produced since then. 3) Include more genres than classic rock . 4) Pick what I think is the best/most moving part of the whole song, or what made me fall in love with the song the first time I heard it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most of these songs are of the depressing and love gone wrong nature. Which while I’m a very happy and love all kinda person, most of the music/art/dance I enjoy isn’t very bubbly, it tends to be very angsty and sad. These kinds of lyrics and art seem to say what I can’t or speak to this inner part of me that I don’t showcase to many folks…I do have a darkside-we all do. It also tends to be more authentic and visceral, which nothing moves me more than when an artist is raw and unbridled. Many of these lyrics resonate with me because they came across my earbuds when I was in some really dark places or effortlessly described my situation(s) at the time. Each song has a link to a recorded version and I highly suggest listening to the music, some of these lyrics are highlighted by riffs and sounds from the guitars, pianos, or voice of the musician.

Are you ready for some lyrical genius? I am. Here we go!

In no particular order….

***Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright by Bob Dylan

Favorite lyrics:  So long honey, baby, where I’m bound I can’t tell. Goodbye’s too good a word babe, so I’ll just say fare thee well. I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind. You could’ve done better but I don’t mind, you just kinda wasted my precious time. But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

***Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

Favorite lyric: Did I say that I need you? Did I say that I want you? Oh if I didn’t, I’m a fool you see. No one knows this more than me. As I come clean…Nothing you would take, everything you gave hold me till I die, meet you on the other side.

***Give Me Love by George Harrison

Favorite lyric: Give me love, give me love, give me peace on earth. Give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth. Give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load. Trying to touch and reach you with, heart and soul.

***Ain’t Got No- I Got Life by Nina Simone

  ~everyone should listen to this whole song, a snippet isn’t enough to do it justice~

Favorite lyric: I’ve got life, I’ve got my freedom, I’ve got the life. I’ve got the life, and I’m gonna keep it, I’ve got the life, and nobody’s gonna take it away. I’ve got the life.

***All Apologies by Nirvana (this is the MTV Unplugged version, just beautiful)

Favorite lyric: I wish I was like you, easily amused. Find my nest of salt, everything’s my fault. I’ll take all the blame, aqua seafoam shame. Sun burn with freezerburn chocking on the ashes of her enemies.

***Stop This Train by John Mayer

Favorite lyric: So scared of getting older, I’m only good at being young. So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun.

***Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Favorite lyric: We’re gonna get to that place, where we really wanna go. And we’ll walk in the sun, but till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run.

***Junk by Paul McCartney

Favorite lyric: Candlesticks, building bricks, something old and new. Memories for you and me. Buy, buy says the sign in the shop window. Why, why says the junk in the yard.

***For No One by The Beatles

Favorite lyric: She wakes up, she makes up, she takes her time and doesn’t feel she has to hurry. She no longer needs you. And in her eyes you see nothing, no sign of love behind the tears. Cried for no one, a love that should have lasted years.

***If It’s the Beaches by The Avett Brothers

Favorite lyric: If it’s the beaches, if it’s the beaches sands you want then you will have them. If it’s the mountains bending rivers then you will have them. If it’s the wish to run away I will grant it. Take whatever you think of and I’ll go gas up the truck, pack the old love letters up. We will read them when we forget why we left here.

***Old Enough by The Raconteurs, Ricky Skaggs, and Ashley Monroe

Favorite lyric: When I was I thought I knew, you probably think you know too, do you? Well do you? I was naive just like you, I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do…and how have you gotten so far without a visible scar? No one knows who you really are.

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What are your favorite lyrics? Why? How does music and lyrics influence your life, art work, day to day interactions? Share below!

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