Groove With the Music

Jenn Holmes Fort Worth Yoga

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! 

Come find out what I’ve put on my playlist! Either in my weekly classes or at my special January class on Friday, January 26th - for a Funky Soul Flow! Let the music move you, loves!

Funky Soul Flow

Let's move and groove to some old soul and funk! This is a fun all-levels flow focusing on fun! This funky class will come with the sounds of legends as we flow through an invigorating practice that will awaken your inner god and goddess!

Happy Yogidays: Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Yoga

The holidays can be hard. The balance between gift giving and smart consumerism can be a challenge. Our best solution? Start small and mindful. You can usually find the best gift just around the corner or made by a "friends sister's daughter". Take all of that and add to the list that your recipient is super passionate about yoga (an activity that has very little material requirements) and it's easy to get stuck in gift card mode. We scoped out our favorite local Fort Worth and eco-conscious artisans and small businesses and put together our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Fort Worth Yogis. 

kasey bell essential oil rollers

1. Kasey Bell Yoga & Reiki.

Essential Oil Rollers, soaps, bath salts, or mat spray. These rollers are each made individually with dried herbs, Reiki infused crystals, and high grade essential oils. 

REE-defined Rare Earth Elements

2. REE-defined Rare Earth Elements

Shop from an assortment of wine classes, coasters, napkin rings, raw crystals, and so much more. These beautiful pieces are each hand picked and hand made with great care.

Catalyst Malas

3. Catalyst Malas

Each mala is made with semi precious stones and hand tied using a special mantra. No two are identical! Malas are fashionable, but also extremely useful in meditation. These are meant to be used, loved, and worn. 

Inner Fire Leggings

4. Inner Fire Leggings

Although not a local to Fort Worth, TX company, Inner Fire is eco friendly using fabric created from recycled water bottles and safe vibrant ink. We personally LOVE the new Winter Capsule Collection that just released.  


5. Yolohayoga 

Yoloha Yoga’s cork mats are made from sustainable and ethically sourced cork and recycled rubber in a zero-waste process. Most importantly though they are non-slip especially when damp and they are beautiful! 


6. Private Yoga Session

The BEST gift you can give your favorite yogi is something a little more luxurious. Give them the opportunity to practice 1 on 1 with their favorite Fort Worth teacher. Is there specific skills they've been wanting to learn, or are they interested in a Reiki session? Either way it will be an experience they won't soon forget!

Are you a yoga practitioner? What's on your wishlist this holiday season? Or what is the best gift you've recieved in the past?

Lifting My Partner

So turns out I may write here more often, at least until I somehow offend someone and the site crashes… cross your fingers

My yoga experience is pretty limited. I’m not a teacher and I’m not even sure I qualify as a student, but at times I suppose I could be considered both on a technicality. There is one style of yoga that I do help my wife teach and am a student of, Acroyoga. I’m the awkward guy in the front of class going “Hi, I’m Eric and I don’t do yoga.” As I slowly move to my mat….

Now Acro is not your everyday class and truth be told I’ve recruited more unwitting partners by telling their significant others it’s a gateway for people who either don’t like or are reluctant to try yoga. Sorry Brendan… But that’s how it started with me. I like to think of myself as the “Muscle” as I spend most of my time on my back lifting my wife, Amanda with my arms and legs as she does yoga in the air.

Truthfully, there is more to it than that. The bond we share has grown over time the more we practice. We’ve learned how each other moves and feels. When we started there was a lot of fumbling and trying to talk through the movements and now all though I still drop her on occasion… oops, we move with slight touches and eye contact.

 Shorts by  My Inner Fire  Mat from  Yoloha Yoga

Shorts by My Inner Fire Mat from Yoloha Yoga

When we started the class, we had couples tell us it was their couple’s therapy. The class does require some amount trust and communication. You need to trust your partner to be there for you, to catch you when you fall. You need to say when something is uncomfortable or you need to get down. Although we always have great spotters during class, we always teach your base is your first spotter, because they feel your body and the balance. Many times I know when my partner is going to fall before they do and it’s my job to ensure that happens as gracefully as possible.

Now let’s be clear I don’t fly. Not because I can’t but because I don’t want to. Have I tried a few poses in the air, sure but that’s not where my interests lie and that’s ok. You don’t have to fly, you don’t have to base but you CAN. Don’t be intimidated to do one or the other based on preconceived notions of body styles. With the right partner and some spotters some poses may be accessible.

These skills though are not just beneficial to couples. It’s more about connecting with people and being open. Our classes almost always have some singles and they get thrown into all the same stuff.  You meet new people and make new friends. Our group grows every week, maybe next week it will be with you.

Maybe Acro isn’t for you, maybe you don’t want to rely on another person for your practice and that’s ok, but there is more to yoga than the standard studio or gym class. Try a workshop, learn headstands, learn meditation, or try hanging off fabric from the ceiling. Take a dive into adventure yoga and see where it takes you. I’m going to go lay on my back and watch Amanda do yoga on my feet.