When it comes to building a playlist, it can be some serious business. Okay, maybe some serious fun business! For real though, when it came to building my first playlist for a public class, it felt somewhat daunting. I always stressed over playing music for a room of people, but then I realized I was creating the atmosphere and as long as what I chose wasn’t offensive, it might just help someone grow out of their zone or feel in their zone!
That’s the best part about music. It is different for everyone who hears it, feels it, experiences it! The same goes for yoga. Everyone has a different experience in their own body while they all may be taking the same class. So what could be better than creating your own playlist for your personal practice, your group class, your girls brunch - you name it! Creating something special with an end goal in mind feels so liberating once you do it!
How to build an awesome yoga playlist!
1. Theme is key
Whether it’s cozy night vibes, party rock or an entire playlist devoted to song about cats (I’ve done it and it rocked) - coming up with a theme or vibe for the playlist helps in curating the right kind of songs. This can help keep your tempo’s on track. Slowly building into those big upbeat songs and slowly making your way back to a low key sound. Coming from a background in music (nerd alert), I think of it in crescendos (<) and decrescendos (>). Pretty cool right?
2. Mix it up!
It’s fun to mix up different genres into the playlist in order to keep your listeners and practitioners on their toes. If you haven’t heard the songs fully before - make sure you do so that you know how one fades in to the other. Weird transitions aren’t the end of the world, but seamless transitions for the mood make your playlist keep going strong! Keep it new with fresh sounds in between songs of the moment.
3. Listen and Edit
Consider who is attending you class or gathering. Listen to what moves you, but edit out what doesn’t work. If I find something I like, but it doesn’t fit in with the vibe I’m working with, I will keep it on the back burner for later. Who knows when that one might come in handy!
4. Figure out your length
If you’re building a playlist for an outlined period of time, like a class, make sure you have a little time in the beginning to end to slowly ease in and out. I once made a playlist that was an hour for an hour and 15 minute class, that was definitely a learning curve! Check your times, and when i doubt - make it long or purposely short to let you students be okay with silence.
5. Let loose, it’s fun!
Above all else, listen to what moves you and makes you want to share with your audience. Music and yoga have two main things in common - they are food for the soul. So let your soul get full on what makes you happy and share that joy with people you care about!
Need a home practice playlist? Here's one of my favorites!