Playlist Thursday – Second Verse, Same as the First

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Hey kids!

Here’s a little trick to sequencing that no one tells you in teacher training:

Yoga teachers recycle!

If I didn’t have some fall-back lesson plans to work with, I’d spend my entire life sequencing. It’s not to say that I don’t love throwing new stuff in the repertoire. If I had my way, I’d spend 90% of life learning new yoga from teachers, videos, articles, etc. I love to live and breathe yoga. Unfortunately, meals and sleep and family intervene and I’m often left with less prep time for class than I would like.

The same goes for playlists. I have some fall-backs that I like to use. Certain songs that I mix up and throw together when I need a soundtrack for class and I don’t have time to prep one.

The following is a mix of some of my favourite stand-by yoga jams. You’ll notice some repeats and that’s cool. I know that as a yoga student, it’s as comforting to hear familiar songs as it is exciting to hear new ones.

Here we go again:

* When I’m With You: Alias (Acoustic Live Version)

* Love on Top: Beyonce (What’s a yoga class without Beyonce?)

* Into the Mystic: Colin James (There are many versions of this song that I’m totally in love with, but this is by far my favourite)

* Crash Into Me: Dave Matthews Band

* Hysteria: Def Leppard

* Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters: Elton John

* Levon: Elton John

Note: I don’t normally put two songs by one artist back-to-back unless I feel like the songs somehow “go together”
* On Top of the World: Imagine Dragons
* Have a Little Faith in Me: Jewel (Because what’s a yoga class without a song that makes the teacher cry?)
* Danny’s Song: Kenny Loggins (go ahead and hate, Kenny Loggins haters.)
* Wildflowers: Tom Petty
* Ain’t That a Kick in the Head: Dean Martin
* So Much Magnificence: Deva Premal and Miten (While I was doing my yoga teacher training, I always promised myself I would play this song for my first Savasana. I kept the promise to myself and have used it for many Savasanas since)
There are some spares on this list as well. They’re interchangeable with the above songs and I pick and choose depending on my mood:
* Hot Child in the City: Nick Gilder (pre-google, Lins and I were convinced this was sung by a woman)
* More Than This: Roxy Music (my favourite song of all-time because of this scene)
* Cry to Me: Otis Redding (for me, there is always Otis)
* Sun Light: MC Yogi
* Vienna: Billy Joel
* Anything Could Happen: Ellie Goulding
I wish you many happy hours spent listening to mixed tapes,
Erin McDonald
Writer, Yoga Teacher, Dream Chaser Coach at ClumsyGrace
I'm a writer, a yoga teacher, and a Dream Chaser Coach; a Mama, wife, friend, sister, daughter, cousin. I'm a seeker (and occasional finder) of an authentic life in all its disastrous glory. I fall down, I get up, I tell the tale. I have a brave heart and I believe in magic. I always win at Whack-a-Mole.