Music my mom does yoga to

Every time I go home to visit, I do yoga with my mom, a devoted practitioner of the Anusara style. She’s always playing crazy pop music while we practice, and it always works! She’ll be sharing her playlists with other yoga posers every other wee.

There is no law that says yoga music has to be Sanskrit chants or new age minimalism. There’s nothing wrong with Krishna Das or Deva Premal, but sometimes I like to listen to something with a little more melody or rhythm. My No. 1 criteria for a yoga mix is that it be uplifting, not too loud or too complex. Here is this week’s sample playlist.

Massive Attack, “Hymn of the Big Wheel” – Good to warm up to.

Wilco, “What Light” – The ideal yoga song. Many chants carry the same message.

Gomez, “See the World” – A little quicker to step up your practice.

Radiohead, “Weird Fishes” – The constant guitar arpeggio helps you concentrate on flow poses.

Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – End the practice on a happy note.

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