Yoga for the Ears


There’s many schools of thought about music in yoga.  Some folks swear by it, others swear off of it.  It’s, frankly, like the difference between white and red wine: it’s a matter of taste and a matter of substance.  If you’re doing a practice focusing on Pratyahara, music can be totally distracting.  If you’re doing a Shakti Shakedown, music is a must!

I’ve been asked many times about the music I play in class.  I have newer teachers ask me how to build playlists.  I have been interviewed about my use of music in class, asked to review albums for publishers, and asked to share playlists.  Music is as essential to air to me and I spend a lot of time planning what and when to use certain music.

I don’t really give out playlists anymore, but I’m happy to share some of my favorite things (in completely random order.)  Most of these things are available through iTunes.


Yoga Revolution

Off the Mat

Shakti Rhythms

Yoga Moods

Chants for Haiti

Music for Active Yoga

Music for OM Yoga

Yoga Zone

Asian Groove

At Ease 2

The Blue Bar (1, 2, and 3)

Essential Lounge 2

Healing Collection

I am Sam (soundtrack)

Instant Karma (The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur)

Jala complied by Shiva Rae

Pacific Moon

Serenity Musci

A Twist of Marley

Chant Down Babylon

Dreams of Freedom


GuruGanehsa Singh

Jai Uttal

Sarah McLaughlan


Snatam Kaur

Bob Marley

Cat Stevens


Al Green

Atomic Skunk

Baaba Maal

Barefoot Truth

Beastie Boys (The In Sounds From Way Out)

Ben Harper


Carlos Jones

Cat Power



David Gray

Ray LaMontange

Deva Premal

Dharma Gypsys

Eddie Vedder

Eva Cassidy

Flaming Lips

George Harrison

Gilberto Gil

Grateful Dead


Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Jack Johnson

Jason Mraz

Jeff Buckley

Jerry Garcia

Jill Scott

John Butler Trio

John Legend

John Lennon

John Mayer

Kashmir-  London Philharmonic covers Led Zeppelin

Krishna Das

Lauryn Hill

Erykah Badu

Leonard Cohen


Mazzy Star

MC Yogi



My Morning Jacket

Vampire Weekend

Nick Drake

Dave Stringer

Ottmar Liebert

Bob Weisenberg

Paul Simon

Peter Davidson

Peter Gabriel

Playing for Change

Poi Dog Pondering


Ravi Shankar


Ray Lynch

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Roger St. Denis


Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band

Stephen Marley

Turtle Island String Quartet


Van Morrison

YoYo Ma


Ziggy Marley


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