90 minute yoga playlist
Ocean Flow Fitness
Growing up under a lineage of passionate and somewhat accomplished dancers I was always going to have beats flowing through my soul. Ever since I can remember music has been an integral part of my life: from watching my Grandparents majestically whirl around a dance floor ballroom dancing, to sitting on the edges of mum’s secondary school contemporary dance classes when she was teaching. And my own explorations with dance, sound and vibrations from childhood dance classes to teenage hedonistic raves, then experiencing world music in all of its glorious shapes and colours as I’ve travelled around the globe, leading me recently to the ancient power of chanting and Kirtans whilst in India. Every moment of my life experienced with a soundtrack to match.
Its no wonder then that when coming to yoga I find this same connection with music and movement that has flowed throughout my life. The fact of the matter is that music helps me journey deeper into my soul, helps me quieten the white noise of everyday life and bring my senses into an acute state of feeling. And that is after all what we’re looking for in our yoga practice; to step into feeling and not just automatically doing, to become beautifully connected with the vibrations of life inside and out, to feel ‘The Flow’ or become conscious of the Tao, joining a stream of consciousness that brings us closer to the Divine.
So it is that often I sit down to write a yoga class after having researched a theme and the flow will literally grow organically out of the music that I’ve put on. Or I will write a class and then it will take on a whole new dimension once adding particular tunes to it and grow into something so much more powerful.
I happily spend hours researching and compiling potential playlists for classes and then setting choreographed individual playlists to each section of a new class. Sometimes I revisit a class and the music that was fitting for the class in the moment that I wrote it no longer resonates with me so I change the playlist to reflect the new vibe that the class has taken on for me. One must after all not be precious about grasping onto past ideas and know what to keep hold of and what no longer serves us anymore.
As so many of my students seem to share my love for practicing to music and so often ask about the music I play in class I have compiled a 90 minute yoga playlist with some of my favourite songs from classes this year. I have made it on YouTube to make it accessible to everyone, however if anyone would ever like to access all my 100’s of class playlists then my Spotify account is open for you to connect to. Sharing is caring as they say! And I love the idea that this music brings people so much joy, so please feel free to follow me @ emmaemmawall.
The attached 90 minute playlist will take you through a journey not too dissimilar to one of my classes, whereby it; starts off on a chilled vibe to warm up to, then leads into some more upbeat music to flow to, then brings it back down again perfect for finishing floor work and closes with some music for meditation.
Why not get creative and see if you can do a free practice this Christmas break? Allowing your practice to grow organically out of the vibrations of the music. you don’t have to use the whole thing. Just pick and choose the part that suits you that day. Or maybe use these songs as a basis to start your own musical exploration of related artists. Maybe you might even stumble across a recommendation for me to use in class. Any suggestions are more than welcome!
Enjoy the vibrations you beautiful people. Om shanti and Namaste.
(Heading photo thanks to a wonderful sunset spent at Dreams surf camp, Cantabria, Spain)