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Summer Yoga Playlist…Sun Salutations and Jams!

Tired of your typical yoga music that makes you feel like it’s still winter?  No worries, we have compiled a rockin’ playlist of songs to make you enjoy flowing in the sunshine!

1. “Comptine D’un autre ete” by Amelie Soundtrack

2.   “Fineshrine” by Purity Ring

3.  “Weekend” by Class Actress

4.  “Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep)” by Foxes

5.  “Gold on the ceiling” by the Black Keys

6. “Azure” by Paul Kalkbrenner

7. “Super Scorer” by Boy Robot

8.  “Live in Vanilla” by Boy Robot

9.  “Everything Goes” by Club 8

10. “Ooh Child (alternate version)” by Beth Orton

11.  “Turning Page (instrumental)” by Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

12.   “Samsketi” by Sigur Ros

Enjoy, Flow and get outside!


Music Monday: A Bhakti Flow Playlist

More music to help inspire and expand your yoga practice!

This playlist was drawn from various selections made by a Bhakti Flow teacher, Brad Brockbank, from San Francisco’s Urban Flow Yoga Studio.

Bhakti yoga is a practice deeply rooted in chanting, singing, slow and challenging vinyasa sequencing that highlight and focus on devotion to love and one’s God. You will find the selection of songs below to be much more instrumental, electronic, and eclectic than our usual suggestions, but we thought we’d like to spice it up for you! 🙂 Enjoy this weeks yogi jams!

Psyabi  –  Perpetual Loop

Mura   –   Kuba

The Baghdad Groove   –  Petrol Bomb Samosa

Bombay (feat. Amar & Jim Beanz)  – Timbaland

Murder By Contract –  Depth Charge

Snipers For Biters (Extrakd & Eddie Def)  –  Material

She’s Long Gone   –   The Black Keys

Toubala kono  –  Amadou & Mariam

The Ghost Inside  –  Broken Bells

Feel (feat. Valia)  –  Cayetano

Sweet Poke  –  Cayetano

Sweet Child O’Mine  –  Orleya

The Light Around You  –  Cayetano

The Fire  –  Imogen Heap

Paris, Texas  –  Gotan Project

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1. Your New Weekly Motto

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3. Video to Check Out: Oakley Progression Sessions weekend recap in Mammoth Mountain, California.

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Our Favorites from the list: Pure Organic Cranberry Orange Bar, Food Should Taste Good Chips, & Kashi Cereal!

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8. Best song to add to your running playlist this week: Young Blood by The Naked & Famous.

9. Random DIY blog you should check out just because its plain awesome – A Beautiful Mess.

10. Motivational Quote #2 just for that extra push through the weekend.

Have a great weekend!!! #TGIF

Music Monday: Lacey’s Hour Flow Mix

Need some musical inspiration for your studio or at-home yoga practice!? Try out some of these tunes that Lacey Calvert uses in her Vinyasa Flow classes at Core Power Berkeley!
Ain’t No Sunshine –Ziggy Marley
Your Hand in Mine – Explosions in the Sky
Eastern Glow –The Album Leaf
Ticks of the Clock – The Chromatics
Come Together- The Beatles
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
First Breath after Coma- Explosions in the Sky
A Real Hero- College
The Winner Is – From Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack
Turning Page (Instrumental) – Sleeping at Last
Wonderwall- Ryan Adams
Savasana- Josh Brill
 Check out more music suggestions here & here to add to your yogi playlist!
Happy Monday & Namaste Yogis!

Yogi Jams: 5 Songs to Move & Flow

Song Sunday is back! After a busy few weeks of work, life, & the seasons changing we can relate to those students just trying to release and let go during their vinyasa flow journey at the end of a hard work day. Finding that balance between complete relaxation as well as the complexity of tuning into your body, without tuning out, is not only the instructors challenge but the music as well. Make your iPod work for it! This week’s Yogi Jams focus on those melodies that allow for a thoughtful flow sequence & still stimulate enough engaged attention for the body to stay present.

Try out these Yogi Jams to get your Bahkti flow back on track!

Survival by Way Out West

Bloodstream by Stateless

Falling Through The Roof by Horse Feathers

Sweetest Kill by Broken Social Scene

Standby, Sir by Signal Hill (instrumental)

Have any suggestions of your own?! Feel free to share with the CYS team! We always love new jams to add to our expanding playlist.

Beats Per Minute: Why BPM is your New BFF

Are you letting your workouts get the best of you due to boredom? Routines are great, but sometimes you get stuck in a rut. Aside from alternating work out routines or adding new activities to your active lifestyle, like climbing or TRX, we’ve discovered one easy fix to getting that heart rate up as well as jazz up any repetitive work out regimen!

The CYS Solution: Pump Up The Jam

Doctors and researchers have spent decades analyzing the effects of music on heart rate and have come to a very interesting interesting conclusion. When choosing your playlist to get your sweat on studies have shown that the most important element influencing your work out and increasing your heart rate is the song’s tempo. The music must be between the range of 120 to 140 Beats Per Minute, B.P.M., which roughly corresponds to the average fit adult’s heart rate during a work out. Maintaining this B.P.M. range in your music selection can greatly influence the pace & your mental readiness to push yourself your limits.

Most commercial dance music or rock songs fall in that range. For instance,  “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” by the Black Eyed Peas is 130 B.P.M. and “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers 150 B.P.M. Furthermore, songs with high B.P.M. help cue the body and allow us to naturally utilize rhythm to coordinate movement.

…as anyone who has heard Metallica blasting from a weight room stereo knows, music is a motivator in strength training, too. “The vast majority of bodybuilders are fans of heavy metal, if not in their personal life at least in the gym,” said Shawn Perine, a senior writer at Flex magazine. Loud, aggressive music, he said, “keeps you elevated, especially in between sets.”

However there are a variety of different motivational qualities of a song depending on the physical activity. Dr. Karageorghis writes that a song “evokes a state of optimism and excitement in the listener.” We all can relate to that! Even I enjoy a good Rage Against Machine or Britney Spears throwback to boost my energy during a long run.
Tips on selecting your effective fitness playlist:

1. Select a song between 120-150 B.P.M. Not sure if your song falls in that category? compare it to the examples we gave above. It should be reasonably decipherable if you just give it a good listen or test it out during a work out & ask yourself, “Does this song really get me excited, both emotionally and physically, about the activity I’m doing?”

2. Check out PowerMusic.com for albums used in group fitness classes that could be a great addition to your playlist. They are tailored to certain physical activities, such as spin, cardio, or aerobics, so some albums may be great for your cycling routine or that tough cardio interval sprints training you do.

3. Continue to mix it up & refresh your playlist. New & motivational songs can greatly influence your work out, so be sure to dedicate time to compiling a powerful playlist to keep your active lifestyle on track. Whenever I download a new song I’m a little too excited to try it out on my morning run!

What are you waiting for?!… Download those power house tunes for your next work out!

Fight Workout Boredom: 5 Songs to Add to Your Runner’s Playlist

Struggling to get in those last few minutes or miles into your work out due to the boredom you experience with your music? You are not alone. I have found that music has made a huge impact on whether or not I pound out those last moments that really count. If you are using the Nike+ app be sure to select your Powersongs ahead of time for when you really need that extra push.

This month California Yoga Sport will be addressing the world of Running + Yoga combined, so be sure to check back for some great tips, advice, & videos on how to get the best out of both worlds to reach your fitness potential.

Meanwhile, rock on with these Runner’s tunes:

Let It Out by Girl Talk –Best during a run when your mind starts to wander out of boredom. Keep the energy up and focused. Great for morning runs.

The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga  –Duh! What?! Did you not expect to see a Lady Gaga song on here…? You know the drill… hit the ground running.

Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock) by LMAOF – Follow up that run with a quick and effective session on the stationary bike. Cross training is always great to keep your work outs interesting and dynamic. Best for a sprint on the stationary bike – 10 seconds up & 10 seconds seated sprints for the entire song.

Please Don’t Go by Mike Posner – Best for doing running sprint intervals.

That’s Right by Girl Talk – album is available to download online free.

More songs to add the list?! Send them our way!

5 Yogi Jams to Slow Down Your Day

Tired of racing through you day? Wake up. Eat breakfast. Brush teeth. Go to work. Go to yoga class or run 5 miles at the gym. Race home to cook dinner. Wash dishes. Go to bed.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Take the time to truly bring awareness to how you spend your day and the attention you give each activity. Making that extra effort to slow down and literally smell the roses could change your day, week, or year. Don’t miss those opportunities to enjoy those small moments to yourself or that Lions Breathe you release all tension with at the end of your yoga class.

Here are a few of our Yogi Jams to help you relax & slow down your day:

All I Ever Know by Trevor Hall

Stars by The xx – Best for savasana or a mellow flow sequence that builds with the melody.

The One by Slovo

Duk Koo Kim by Sun Kil Moon

On and On by Mission to the Sea

Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most. This was his response: “Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present. The result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived. “

Have some  recommendations for us or need more music inspiration?! Be sure to check out our Music Category on the right hand side for more posts with yogi jams.

Yogi Jams: 5 Songs to Add to Your Fall Playlist

Just like the weather is always changing so should your yoga playlist… Keep students (and yourself) engaged with new songs, tempos, & sequences to continue the expansion of their yoga practice. Yoga should never be monotonous so here are more of CYS’s recommendations to keep things interesting for all parties involved.

Hallelujah by Ryan Bingham – Great for savasana or a thoughtful flow sequence.

Skinny Love by Bon Iver

Jump by Kate Earl – Perfect for a feel good vinyasa flow moment.

So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix) by William Fitzsimmons

Learning to Fly by Tom Petty- Oldie but a goodie.

Be sure to check back each week for new music additions and take a look at our previous suggestions here and here! That’s 15 new songs to spice up your practice!

Have any other recommendations for the CYS team? Let us know!

Yogi Jams: Add 5 New beats to Your Vinyasa Playlist

Sunday Songday..too cheesy for a tagline? 🙂

Check out 5 more songs to integrate into your vinyasa flow practice.

All I Need by Radiohead

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap – Best for a building vinyasa flow.

Swimming in the Flood by Passion Pit

Sleep by The Dandy Warhols

Aqueous Transmission by Incubus – Best for Savasana.

Remember to check back each week for more new & flavorful additions. Keep expanding your playlist with us & suggestions are always welcome!