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Yin Lounge playlists

July 3rd, 2015 | No Comments

For as long as I have been teaching yoga, I have been asked to post my class playlists online. I have shared the odd playlist here and there, but resisted making them completely available publicly until now.

Coming from a previous career in the music industry, in addition to simply being a music nerd/snob, I always felt that there was an opportunity to bring music into the yoga studio that reached beyond the “traditional” kirtans, harps and tablas.

Dubbed “Yin Lounge” by a student, hopefully these playlists support students in the same way that the poses do.

Some have argued that music with audible vocals is incongruent with meditative yoga classes. Obviously I disagree. There is nothing like a U2 crescendo in the last 30 seconds of a hip-opener to carry you though, or a Marvin Gaye serenade to guide a release.

Of course these have evolved over time, regular students will recognize core songs. I have included links to a few anchor tracks.

So here, finally, are 10 weeks of Yin Lounge playlists.

Put your legs up a wall and enjoy.

Soul Meets Body Death Cab For Cutie
Breathe In Frou Frou
No Beginning No End Hawksley Workman
Easy Commodores
Two Of Us Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
Lippy Kids Elbow
Beautiful Blue Holly McNarland
Mercy Mercy Me Marvin Gaye
Ez Pete Yorn
Northern Sky Nick Drake
Be Here Now Ray LaMontagne
Wonderwall Ryan Adams
All My Friends Amos Lee
Heartbeats José González
All At Sea Jamie Cullum
Throw Your Arms Around Me Crowded House


Across The Universe Rufus Wainwright
A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
Three Little Birds Bob Marley & The Wailers
Is This The Best It Gets Budapest
Ma Solituda Catherine Wheel
Fix You Coldplay
Come Pick Me Up Ryan Adams
Rock And Bird Cowboy Junkies
Dogs Damien Rice
Stay (Faraway, So Close) U2
Better Than Beautiful Jeb Loy Nichols
You’re Here Anna Vandas
By Your Side Sade
In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel
All I Need Radiohead
Our Love Is Easy Melody Gardot
Tired Of Being Alone Al Green


Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley
Babylon David Gray
Nothing Gives Me Pleasure Josh Rouse
Goodnight And Go Imogen Heap
I Need My Girl The National
Inside and Out Feist
Hold You In My Arms Ray LaMontagne
Waltz #2 (Xo) Elliott Smith
6’s & 7’s The Blue Alarm
Give a Man a Home Ben Harper
Linger The Cranberries
Bad U2
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison
Protection Massive Attack
Big Sore Heart Robert Wilson
I Should Get Up Teddy Thompson
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? Travis


On & On Erykah Badu
Don’t Get Your Back Up Sarah Harmer
Forever My Friend Ray LaMontagne
High And Dry Radiohead
What’s Going On Marvin Gaye
Guess I’m Doing Fine Beck
The Blower’s Daughter Damien Rice
Flake Jack Johnson
Alison Elvis Costello
All I Want Is You U2
Lead Me On Kelly Joe Phelps
Sweet Jane Cowboy Junkies
Lucky Now Ryan Adams
Nickels And Dimes Blackie And The Rodeo Kings
Step Inside This House Lyle Lovett


Let Go Frou Frou
To Sir With Love Al Green
When You’re Falling Afro Celt Sound System Feat. Peter Gabriel
Diamonds On The Inside Ben Harper
Unplayed Piano (Chris Lord-Alge Mix) Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan
Safe And Sound Hawksley Workman
Pets Porno For Pyros
Melt into the Walls Pilate
In the Waiting Line Zero 7
Trouble Ray LaMontagne
Falling Slowly Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
All the Things I Wasn’t The Grapes Of Wrath
Ain’t Gonna Lose You Bodhi Jones
Tea In The Sahara The Police
Through The Dark Alexi Murdoch


Another Year K’s Choice
Basement Apt. Sarah Harmer
Undertow Ivy
Run Snow Patrol
Almighty Love Emm Gryner
Pocahontas Crash Vegas
Shelter Ray LaMontagne
Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
Time Has Told Me Nick Drake
Mercury Kathleen Edwards
Carnival Town Norah Jones
Strawberry Blonde Ron Sexsmith
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Marvin Gaye
Unnatural Progression Dan Mangan
Three Marlenas The Wallflowers
Bedtime Steve Wright
Let’s Stay Together Al Green


I Will Follow You Into The Dark Death Cab For Cutie
Colors Amos Lee
For the Summer Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Cello Song Nick Drake
Something To Talk About Badly Drawn Boy
Cannonball Damien Rice
Turn And Run Neil Finn
Don’t Dream It’s Over Sixpence None The Richer
Day Too Soon Sia
Follow Me Sarah Bettens
I’m So Glad Royal Wood
Goodnight Elisabeth Counting Crows
Teardrop Massive Attack
Locust Street The Black Crowes
One Cowboy Junkies


Laughter Josh Rouse
On Your Side Pete Yorn
Don’t Let Me Drag You Down Sarah Bettens
Three More Days Ray LaMontagne
Pink Moon Nick Drake
Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead
Fare Thee Well Kelly Joe Phelps
Concrete Sky Beth Orton
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart Al Green
Holocene Bon Iver
Still Elvis Costello
Walk On The Ocean Toad The Wet Sprocket
Beautiful Boy Ben Harper
Love You More Alexi Murdoch
Lost Cause Beck
Angel From Montgomery Susan Tedeschi
Another Lonely Day Ben Harper
New Favorite Alison Krauss & Union Station


On The Ground Eskobar
Under Your Charms Josh Rouse
Karma Police Radiohead
Somebody Already Broke My Heart Sade
Good Souls Starsailor
Warning Sign Coldplay
Same Snow Patrol
Lotta Love To Give Daniel Lanois
Crazy Ray LaMontagne
Miss Misery Elliott Smith
Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers
We’re The Same Matthew Sweet
Love Untold Paul Westerberg
Charms The Philosopher Kings
Granville Doors Jessica Beach
Good Intentions Doubting Paris
Almost Happy K’s Choice


Elevator Love Letter Stars
1972 Josh Rouse
Favorite Adventure (Wedding Song) K’s Choice
There, There Radiohead
Strange Condition Pete Yorn
Everywhere Supreme Beings Of Leisure
I Will Give You Everything Skydiggers
Everybody Here Wants You Jeff Buckley
Fragile Sting
Life’s What You Make It Talk Talk
Lovesong Adele
First Train Home Imogen Heap
We May Be the Ones Paul Westerberg
We Never Change Coldplay
I Would Rather Hide Joseph Arthur
Lost In the Light Bahamas
Crazy Train Emm Gryner

2015 Illumination Event speech

July 1st, 2015 | No Comments

I was honoured to be invited to speak on the topics of yoga and charity at the 2015 Victoria Yoga Conference opening night Illumination Event.

Victoria Yoga Conference interview

January 28th, 2013 | No Comments

In advance of teaching at the 2013 Victoria Yoga Conference, they asked me to sit down and talk about yoga, my Business of Yoga and “Do Less” workshops, and my charity, Music Heals.


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Healing Mantra

December 4th, 2012 | No Comments

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

~ Robert Frost

Your Parents’ Generation

October 13th, 2012 | No Comments

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Can Vs Should

September 19th, 2012 | No Comments

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It’s Not A Sign

September 10th, 2012 | No Comments

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Be The Teacher

September 10th, 2012 | No Comments

I believe that there comes a time in your yoga practice, very early in fact, where you become a teacher. You learn that the dedication to the practice IS the practice.

Where Does Our Happiness Come From?

May 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments

There is an old Buddhist parable about a woman who sends her young son to the store with 10 rupees (yes, it’s an Indian story – stay with me) to fetch cooking oil for the evening meal.