by Caitlin Rose Kenney
Creating playlists for my yoga classes is something I really enjoy. It not only gives me the opportunity to shape the atmosphere of the class, it allows my students to glean more about who I am, in and outside of the yoga studio. Playlists are often thematic, sometimes the message is obvious and other times the tone is more subtle, translating a perspective or invoking the sensations associated with an experience.
Yoga and music have the power to blur the lines between the experience of the individual and the experience of the collective. It is in these transcendent states that we are enveloped by the highest human vibrations of love, gratitude, peace, and grace.
Below is a playlist I created in December 2011. I had just finished reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck and was elated to realize that I had a greater understanding of my cultural soup and that the lyrics of Timshel, by Mumford and Sons, linked directly to Steinbeck’s novel. Without revealing all of Steinbeck’s pearls of wisdom, I will drop one juicy quote and leave you with an inspired playlist.
Man has a choice and it’s a choice that makes him a man.
Yoga 25 (Timshel – Thou Mayest)
- Floating Instrumental by Sahil Jagtiani Album: From the Art of Living – Avataran
- Big Red Machine by Various Artists Album: Dark Was The Night (Cd 1)
- Lordy May by Boy & Bear Album: Moonfire
- Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation Album: Twilight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Into The Sea by The Album Leaf Album: Into The Blue Again
- time flies by Lykke Li Album: Youth Novels
- Expression by Helen Jane Long Album: Porcelain
- Train Song by Various Artists Album: Dark Was The Night (Cd 1)
- Take ‘Em Away by Old Crow Medicine Show Album: O.C.M.S.
- Timshel by Mumford & Sons Album: Sigh No More
- San Solomon (Reprise) by Balmorhea Album: Rivers Arms
- Heaven Go Easy on Me by The Head and the Heart Album: The Head and the Heart
- Long Time Traveller by The Wailin’ Jennys Album: Firecracker
- Bridges by Tracy Chapman Album: Crossroads
- Any Other Name by Thomas Newman Album: Cafe Del Mar Volumen Ocho
- Winding Road by Bonnie Somerville Album: Garden State Soundtrack
- Ora by Ludovico Einaudi Album: Una mattina
Whether it’s the yoga or the music, I hope my students get lost in the moment.