Playlist Thursday – Second Verse, Same as the First

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,
Er
Erin McDonald
Writer, Yoga Teacher, Dream Chaser Coach at ClumsyGrace

Erin is an International Transformational Coach, obsessed with facilitating change in the lives of incredible, hilarious women. She’s a Mama, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and cousin; a seeker (and occasional finder) of an authentic life in all its disastrous glory. She has a brave heart, believes in magic, loves tacos, and always wins at Whack-a-Mole


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About the author : Erin McDonald

Erin McDonald

Erin is an International Transformational Coach, obsessed with facilitating change in the lives of incredible, hilarious women. She’s a Mama, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and cousin; a seeker (and occasional finder) of an authentic life in all its disastrous glory. She has a brave heart, believes in magic, loves tacos, and always wins at Whack-a-Mole