"Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life." BKS Iyengar.
My own private boy band (good-looking bunch, eh?!) introduced me to Spotify when I first started teaching yoga classes and I now use it all the time. In the car, in the kitchen, on my bluetooth speaker when I'm in the bath. And of course, when I'm on my yoga mat. When you have boys, the house is full of gadgets! And I always have someone to set them up, explain them and then fix them, which is handy.
You can follow me on Spotify if you like. Sign up for an account on the link below and search for me as 'katehh07'.
Spotify lets you create your own playlists, follow artists and save your favourite albums. When you view an artist, scroll down and Go To Radio and it creates a whole playlist based on that artist's style - a great way to find new music and then start to create your own playlists. It also notifies you when an artist you follow brings out new music. It is totally fab! The free version has adverts which is annoying :( A single subscription is £10 per month, a family subscription for 6 works out the best value, £15; £2.50 for each person.
The playlists I mostly play in class are Yoga Chillout, Yoga Mellow and Yoga Relaxation. My favourite artists for gentle background music are: Snatam Kaur Ajeet Kaur Mercedes Bahleda Donna deLory Brenda McMorrow Nirinjan Kaur Mirabai Ceiba Ashana East Forest Troels Hammer Sol Rising
I have a Playlist called Home Practise for when I'm on my mat for my personal practise and I like to listen to: Trevor Hall (especially 'Chapter of the Forest' album) Passenger (There's a Passenger playlist on my account with his quieter songs for yoga time) Ben Howard Birdy Bon Iver James Vincent McMorrow Lisa Hannigan David Gray Coldplay Lapsley Sampha
I have a Kitchen Swagger playlist for cooking with the family and Feelin' Good is an awesome retro playlist with James Brown, The Jacksons, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes for lifting your spirits any day of the week ;)
My fave chanting music, great for singing along to in the car! Yoga Mantra playlist Deva Premal (look in my Playlists for my favourite tracks) Ram Dass
Every day, try to get 10 minutes lying down in Savasana or with you legs up against the wall and listen to my Yoga Relaxation playlist.
I recommend reguarly putting your favourite music on nice and loud and dancing around the house in your underwear.....it's so good for the soul!