More About Music...

I remember a time when I would never have played music in a yoga class. I was told by someone that the yoga teachers of yore didn't play music, that it interrupted the mind's focus, it was mere distraction, and a few other things. But I practice yoga. A lot of yoga. And I LOVE music. Those two things don't always of together, but they do for me more and more as time goes on. Does that mean I'm more distracted than I was in the past? Perhaps. Does it mean that I like my focus to be interrupted? I don't know, maybe. Does it mean I'm not a teacher of yore? Probably, although I think the teachers of yore didn't play music in class because they didn't have iPods and Bluetooth speakers (gasp) and they certainly couldn't create an amazing playlist on iTunes in under 20 minutes.

However, music can enhance a mood, create a state of relaxation, excitement or agitation (think Enya vs. Metallica). Music is created by vibrations (from the instrument) which create waves that can be heard, just like some waves can be seen. Sound is one way we interact with our environment and, if we are listening, elicit a response.

For me, music is medicine. Here is some medicine from my classes.

Playlist for Focus

  1. Home - Kina Grannis
  2. Ocean Night Song - Laura Veirs
  3. Beauty Sings - Tatiana Manaois
  4. Perfect Kiss - Marie Hines
  5. Just You - Amy Stroup
  6. Surrender - Natalie Taylor
  7. Kalimba Suite - Bobby McFerrin
  8. Paz - Dr. Toast
  9. Little Deschutes (Instrumental) - Laura Veirs
  10. Light - Dr. Toast
  11. Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
  12. This Far - Kina Grannis
  13. First Touch - John McDowell and Sabina Sciubba
  14. 2 Poor Kids - Ruth B.
  15. Little Talks - Julia Sheer & Jon D.
  16. Endless Wonder (Iridescent Mix) - Entheo

Playlist for the Interrupted Mind

  1. Ethno Lounge (Yoga Class) - Yoga
  2. Intuitive Frequency - Patrick Bernard
  3. Journey Into the Dust (Sweet Chill Mix) - Project
  4. Drums (Lounge) - Shamanism Healing Music Academy
  5. Om Shakti - Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  6. Sacred Force - Susanne Coors
  7. On Sacred Ground (Fourth or Heart Chakra) - Chinmaya Dunster
  8. Waterfalls (Bali Chill Mix) - East 2 East
  9. Above the Clouds - Suzanne Teng
  10. Just You - Amy Stroup
  11. Finding Forever - Michael Brant DeMaria
  12. Om Eternal Stream - Patrick Bernard


Prenatal Playlist

Powerful music helps me focus while practicing. It's as though the mood of the music is a wave that can be surfed. This is a playlist that makes me feel strong and centred while moving gracefully. Enjoy!

  1. Perfect Day - Holley Maher
  2. Weightless - Courtney Jones
  3. Always Be - Holley Maher
  4. Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience - Natalie Merchant
  5. The Happy Song - Mo Kenney
  6. Ho Hey (feat. Lennon & Maisy) - Nashville Cast
  7. Blackbird - Sarah McLachlan
  8. Loving You is Easy - Sarah McLachlan
  9. Goddess Invocation - Go-Ray & Duke
  10. Turn Your World Around - Ashley Chambliss
  11. Waves - Nouvelle Vague
  12. Just You - Amy Stroup
  13. Stand in Awe - Dala
  14. Forever Young - Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
  15. Om Shakti - Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  16. Ong Namo - Snatam Kaur
  17. Jamaica Farewell - Laura Veirs
  18. Om Eternal Stream - Patrick Bernard


Prenatal Yoga Playlist

Here is another prenatal yoga playlist for your practice or your labour! I always feel this playlist has just the right combo of fun, slow, uplifting and calming sounds. You can just close your eyes, listen to the music and let your body move. Enjoy!

  1. Long Time Sun - Snatam Kaur
  2. Always Be - Holley Maher
  3. I Am Aglow - Sarah Harmer
  4. Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  5. Guru Brahma - Carioca Chandra Edgar
  6. Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy
  7. Breathing-Praha (Third Chakra or Hara) - Chinmaya Dunster
  8. Ha-Tha (Sun Meets Moon - Sixthe Cahkra or Third Eye) - Chinmaya Dunster
  9. Forever Young - Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
  10. The Happy Song - Mo Kenney
  11. Perfect Day - Halley Maher
  12. Hold Onto Hope Love - Amy Stroup
  13. On Sacred Ground (Fourth or Heart Chakra) - Chinmaya Dunster
  14. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwoole

Prenatal Yoga Playlist

I often get asked about the music I play in class. I have a large music collection to draw from that includes many genres. But I tend to use a rotation of loved songs that instill a sense of calm confidence or a constructive sense of relaxation. Here is one of my favourite playlists for prenatal yoga classes.

  1. Hold You in My Arms - Nashville Cast
  2. Intuitive Frequency - Patrick Bernard
  3. Om Shakti - Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  4. Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  5. The Ecstasy of Dancing - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  6. Israel Song - Carioca Chandra Edgar
  7. The Dreams (Sound System Mix) - Kalila
  8. Guru Brahma - Carioca Chandra Edgar
  9. Ho Hey (feat. Lennon and Maisy) - Nashville Cast
  10. Waterfalls (Bali Chill Mix) - East 2 East
  11. Purina Namashkar (Crown Chakra or Thousand-Petalled Lotus) - Chinmaya Dunster
  12. No Holly for Miss Quinn - Enya
  13. Takes My Breath Away - Tuck & Patti
  14. LA7 - Moby
  15. Om Eternal Stream - Patrick Bernard

The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

It’s no secret that for any stage of life, condition, ache or goal, there’s a yoga that will help. By now, you’ve likely heard about yoga’s many benefits and that’s no exception for pregnancy.

Some commonly known benefits include stress reduction, increased flexibility, reduced back pain and increased respiration. Less commonly shared benefits include balancing metabolism, becoming a mindful eater, enhancing mood, improving sleep, and regulating cortisol.

But I don’t need to tell you this, right?

What a lot of people don’t realize is that the unconventional benefits are what often get people coming back for more yoga. The feedback I get most often from students in my prenatal classes is that they appreciate the sense of community that the yoga space creates. They meet others who are in the same stage of life as them, their pregnancy experiences get normalized and they get to talk and learn about subjects that are often taboo.

If this is new to you, you may be wondering how a yoga class can do that.

Good question.

I aim to extend the principles of yoga beyond the physical and apply the theory in a way that’s relevant to the women in the class. I have dedicated time at the beginning of every class to do this. Yoga class doesn’t only have to be poses and breathing. So we talk.

There is no set format for this, no goal for the chat. It’s simply a time to share and connect. Sometimes there is a question from a student that sparks the talk, sometimes the theme comes from an experience of mine. Sometimes we just have a fun question to answer. We have had tears and laughter, hugs and moments of silence. We learn about each other and gain an acceptance of ourselves. But most of all, we aren’t just learning about yoga, we embody yoga. And this is really where yoga begins.

Check out my current list of prenatal classes and come see what it's about.


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