Yoga Class Playlist: Jessica

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.

At Yoga in the Heights, Jessica Ashen teaches all-level vinyasa flow on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8-9:15 PM. In addition, she teaches a yoga basics class on Saturdays from 12:30-1:45PM.

In her classes, Jessica uses the music service Spotify to stream songs from playlists that she has pre-built for her classes. Recently, Jessica share two of her playlists with me, one titled “Lebanese Blonde” and another titled “Yemanja,” who, in Yoruba mythology, is the patron spirit of women. Here are some of the songs that Jessica plays in her classes:

“Roads” by Portishead, a critically-aclaimed British band known for their experimental rock.

“Lullabies” by Yuna, a Malaysian singer-songwriter who’s been writing her own songs since age 14.

“Daydream” by Youth Lagoon, the stage name of musician Trevor Powers who makes music known as “dream pop.”

“Warm Water” by Banks, the shortened name of Jillian Rose Banks, an alternative pop artist from Los Angeles.

“My Blue Lover” by Ellen Molnia, a redheaded singer of “bhajans,” or devotional mantra songs.

“Angel Heart” by Carioca, a Brazilian jazz guitarist and vocalist.

“Gayatri Mantra” by Chloe Goodchild, an international singer and founder of The Naked Voice, “a unique method that explores the human voice as a source of individual and collective self-discovery, linking to the most profound levels of human wisdom.”

What songs to you like to listen to during your yoga practice?

Photo from Flickr