When I was 4 years old, my favorite songs were "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner and "Beth" by Kiss. My parents have the reel-to-reels (and the machine to play them) and the cassettes to prove it. Growing up with a musically-talented brother 7 years my senior, I was exposed to some sweet tunes at a very young age. He would play the guitar and I would sing (and if I didn't know the words, I would mumble and hum). Our rendition of "Crazy Train" was epic, but our biggest hit was "The Trees" by Rush. We even did an informal summer tour through Europe when I was 10 (playing at lodges and rest stops on our family vacation totally counts!).
I never learned how to play an instrument and over time, stopped practicing my singing because none of the cool kids were in chorus. But music is something that has always moved me. Move being the operative word. My bedroom (or more often my brother's) would become an elaborate set and I would create new, imaginative, spooky worlds with dance and music. In college, my dear friend Oscar and I would choreograph modern partner dances (if only So You Think You Can Dance had been around). Whether dancing, doing gymnastics, or just playing around, music is a deeply-rooted part of my life and helps me feel, express and put shape to my emotions.
Playing music in yoga classes is a bit controversial. Some people love doing yoga to music. Some people don't. It's such a personal preference and people's taste in music varies so widely. Music can be a source of so much inspiration for me and my practice, but there are also days when my breath is the most profound music I could ever want to hear. I like to mix it up in my classes, offering carefully crafted playlists some days and no music on others.
Students often ask me after class about particular songs or where they can find my playlists. I'm excited to share what music inspires me. Here's a 60 minute playlist I made back in June that I've recently returned to. You can find me on Spotify where I'll be making more of my playlists public. Until then, enjoy, and let the music move you!