Let me start out by saying that I was not a fan of “Yoga music” in the early stages of my practice. You know what I’m talking about – Endless chanting from elderly men and women accompanied by instruments that no one has ever heard of. Well, that used to be my interpretation of it before I actually listened to it. I had heard it before, but not listened. And what is yoga music anyway? It can be anything.
When I first started my practice in Las Vegas, I did countless downward dogs to Hot Chip, Led Zepplin, Styx, The Killers, and Prince. But, that was because my teacher, Karen, loved rock music. When I moved to Los Angeles and started taking classes from Tony Giuliano, I found out very quickly that the music selections were very different than what I was used to. He liked the yoga tunes. I’ve been exposed to this new style of music for about a year now and I’ve discovered something…it’s just as amazing as any other style of music. But, you have to be open to it, and listen.
Last Saturday, I attended a special class at The Raven, that hosted an amazing singer, Steve Gold. I had heard his music pretty frequently during Tony’s classes because he would weave them in an out of his playlists. Steve’s music always resonated well with me. It has very melodic/folk/rhythmic feel to it. Umm…think Jack Johnson meets Shiva. Listening to him on your ipod is great, but listening to him live is a whole other experience. His voice is amazing and almost travels through you, if you know what I mean. With his wife singing the harmonies on a few tracks in addition to the band, the musical experience was pretty surreal. He played new and older tracks for the entire 2hrs of class, which was pretty amazing. It almost felt like the music was carrying us to and from each pose. There was THAT much energy filling the studio! It was truly a blessing to have him come and perform for us. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
If you’ve never heard of Steve Gold…you’re welcome. Check him out on itunes right now!
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Here is what I have on my “Yoga Mix” playlist that you might want to check out:
- Shantala-Hanuman Chalisa
- Wah!-Heart Sutra
- Shantala-Amba Parameshwari
- Mauro Sereno, Antonella Mutti-Om Chant
- Steve Gold-Om Namah Shivaya (Bigger Mix)
- Wah!-Radhe Savasana
- Krishna Das-By your grace/Jai Gurudev
- Girish-Kali Durge
- Krishna Das-Baba Hanuman
- Steve Gold-Let Your Heart Be Known (Electric)
- Sada Sat Kaur-Gobinday Mukunday
So you may have heard yoga music before, but have you listened to it?
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