Great music can make a mediocre class better or make a good class more memorable. I love music, finding new tunes, and crafting awesome playlist and mix CDs. Putting together the perfect playlist for a yoga class or personal practice has some of the same elements that many mixes (or even stories and movies for that matter) do; start off slow, rise to a peak point, and then build back down again.

But something to keep in mind when designing the music for a  yoga practice is what type of movements you want to include and what level/type of class it is. The music for a power yoga class is clearly going to look very different from a restorative yoga class, same with an Advanced class on a Friday afternoon vs. a beginner class on a Monday morning.

That said, here is a sample playlist I’ve made for a 60-min open level class that is somewhere in the middle as far as speed (it starts and ends pretty restoratively, slowly builds and adds on, gets to a  flow, then plays with some balances and twists before winding down.)

Warm-up (about 10 mins):

Slow Moves by Jose Gonzalez
Bridges by Tracy Chapman
Hysteric (Acoustic) by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Building Heat/Flow (about 20 mins):

Neighborhood by Arcade Fire
Love out of Lust by Lykke Li
Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns
Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
Jigsaw Falling Into Place by Radiohead

Trying other stuff (about 15 mins):

Want to Press Play (and then Repeat) by Mascott
It’s a Fire by Portishead
Good Feeling by Violent Femmes

Cool Down (about 10 mins):
Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space by Spiritualized
Hideaway by Karen O and the Kids

Savasana (about 5 mins):

Green Arrow by Yo La Tengo