Categories: Cool Down, Playlists, Yoga

“When Yoga Is Your Workout…”

I am someone whose definition of a “great workout” is one that challenges me and makes me sweat.

challenge-changeIn the past, I have dismissed yoga as “not really a workout.” Yes, there are times that yoga definitely challenges me. (I’m still working on my handstand and peacock pose.) And yes, there have times that yoga has made me work up a sweat (and I haven’t even taken Hot Yoga yet!)

But because I get my cardio workout in other ways, I usually like my yoga classes to be a little more relaxing. Yin style yoga, where you hold poses for 2-5 minutes each, is one of my favorites.

I know other people who swear that Bikram Yoga has changed their lives. And my husband lost over 20 pounds mostly due to a consistent program of Vinyasa Yoga.

With all that in mind, here are a couple of my favorite Spotify playlists for yoga enthusiasts. Some of these songs could also be great for cool downs.

Playlist #1, “Yoga Spot – Indian Mistic”: Listen to this one if you appreciate the Mind/Body aspect of yoga and enjoy more instrumental tunes, many inspired by the music of India.

Playlist #2, “Yoga Vinyasa Flow”: Listen to this one if you enjoy yoga flow classes and generally like the music to have words that you can mentally sing along to…

Namaste.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

About the Author

Kim Nishida has been working in the fitness industry for more than two decades and is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Schwinn Spinning, Reebok Cycle, Powerstrike Kickboxing, Keiser Cycling and is formerly the Group Exercise Director at UC Berkeley.

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  1. Theresa says:

    Thanks for the great playlists! I love doing Yoga to music. I don’t try to “dance” the yoga, that is make the poses fit into the music, but music does help me keep my mind quiet and focused.
    Visiting you from the UBC on Facebook. Happy Monday!

    • Kim Nishida says:

      Agreed, Theresa. I once took a yoga class that tried to choreograph the poses to the music and it didn’t work for me. Flowing the poses with my breathing is definitely a better way to go. Happy Monday to you too!

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