Karen Mandell’s Yoga Playlist

by Laryssa Wirstiuk

Though music in a yoga class is certainly not essential and not a traditional component of a yoga practice, carefully chosen songs played during a yoga class can help students pay attention to their breath and adjust their pace and movement based on the class’ flow. A teacher can play slow-tempo songs at the beginning, when students are warming up, fasted-paced songs toward the middle of the class, and slow songs near the end. Often times, teachers will play a chant during savasana. Occasionally, we share our instructors playlists.

This week, Yoga in the Heights instructor Karen Mandell shares her playlists for the classes that she teaches: Yin-yasa, Sweat and Samadhi, and Chakra Flow. If you’re intrigued by this music, try one of Karen’s classes! Yin-yasa is held Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30am, Sweat and Samadhi is every other Friday evening at 7:30pm, Chakra flow is Friday mornings at 9:30am and Saturday morning at 11am, and Yin Yoga and Meditation is Sundays at 11am.

Yin-yasa playlist:

Stillpoint Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
OM – Wade Imre Morisette
Love, Peace & Freedom – David (Durga Das) Newman
Peace Train – Yusef Islam
Blue Mind – Alexi Murdoch
Holocene – Bon Iver
My Sweet Lord – Yim Yames
Still – Wade Imre Morisette
Om Prayer – Bhakta
Balance – Benjy Wertheimer
Evening Bhav – Wah!

Sweat & Samadhi playlist:

Prayer to Shakamuni Buddha – Ben Leinbach & Jai Uttal
A Case For Shame – Moby
The State of the Union – Theivery Corporation
Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
Stay Human – Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Last Day – Moby (feat. Skylar Grey)
Ong Namo (DJ Nartak Fibe Seasons Remix) Snatam Kaur Kundalini Remix
Loveland – Ben Leinbach & Jai Uttal
Guru Brahma – Bhagvan Das
Bija Mantras – Watering the Seeds – Ben Leinbach & Jai Uttal
Om Shanti – Daphne Tse
Devotion – Benjy Wertheimer

Chakra Flow Playlist

Ek Ong Kaar – Snatam Kaur
Here Comes The Sun – Nina Simone
She – Laura Mvula
Slow & Steady – Of Monsters and Men
Falling – Florence & the Machine
Oh Jerusalem – Lauren Hill
Stairway to Heaven – Tracy McMillan (A Tribute to Led Zeppelin)
Closing – Wah!
Chidananda – Deva Premal & Miten
Sivasana (Surrender) – Suzanne Sterling
Ahimsa – Benjy Wertheimer

Photo by Flickr user Philippe Put