I’ve been working with this idea of a “non” yoga playlist. Well actually, it’s more like a non TRADITIONAL yoga music playlist for yoga practice. Following yesterday’s post, I spent my day googling lyrics and listening to my ipod as I kicked around possibilities for the pending project ~ Kula Collection: From Tunes to Tadasana. Okay, the playlist title is still a work a progress, maybe From Songs to Savasana.
This all started out half tongue-in-cheek — that is, “ardha” tongue-in-cheek — but the idea has really taken form, and the process itself has been revealing. As I logged the emails and comments, it was interesting to see the different approaches people took: Christina suggested music she liked while Anne (our resident philosophy professor extraordinaire) focused on a more academic interpretation and an attempt to keep true to the ideals of Tantric philosophy.
I found myself getting stuck somewhere in between. One song that came to my mind was Bitch by Meredith Brooks. (Quit laughing, people.) I like the music and immediately thought that the lyrics illustrate the idea of “chit” — knowing and embracing ALL parts of the self:
I’m a bitch I’m a lover I’m a child I’m a mother I’m a sinner
I’m a saint I do not feel ashamed I’m your hell I’m you dream
I’m nothing in between You know you wouldn’t want it any other way
What a great illustration: “I’m a little bit of everything all rolled into one!” Perfect. But then I got hung up on the opening: “I hate the world today” and that line “I’m your hell” — just doesn’t sound very Anusara-ish — and geez, can I even say “bitch” on my own blog? It made me tired. So I just crossed it off and threw in a safe bet from Billy Joel: I Love You Just the Way You Are. I dunno … what do y’all think?
Last weekend at our teacher training, Christina walked us through the process of theme development using poetry as a prompt. Clearly, this exercise illustrates yet another medium for inspiration in planning a heart-based theme class. Frankly, I was surprised by the number of songs I came across that could work as a prompt for an Anusara Yoga class once I started looking at them through the eyes of a yoga teacher. From soft rock to disco, from hip-hop to country, I was not limited by the genre. The experience showed me that when you become conscious, you can begin to see inspiration and the Divine everywhere. Altogether now … “DUH!”
So from music that has some kind of special group meaning ~ Eye of the Tiger ~ to those songs that would make great audio for an upbeat practice ~ Celebration ~ to personal favorites ~ Brown-Eyed Girl ~ to just plain silliness ~ Who Let the Dogs Out ~ I have “heartedly” enjoyed the process.
FIRST DRAFT RECAP~ Our “Non” Yoga Playlist
- Eye of the Tiger ~ Survivor
- Jessie’s Girl ~ Rick Springfield (By the way, did y’all catch him on Monday’s Oprah?)
- Joy to the World (a.k.a Jeremiah was a Bullfrog) ~ 3 Dog Night ** NEW **
- Mandy ~ Barry Manilow **Just In**
- Funkytown ~ Lipps Inc.
- Brown-eyed Girl ~ Van Morrison
- If God Was One of Us ~ Joan Osbourne/Alanis Morissette
- Into the Mystic ~ Van Morrison
- I Believe I can Fly ~ R. Kelley
- I’ll Remember ~ Madonna
- Celebration ~ Kool and the Gang
- Namaste ~ Beastie Boys
- Bodhisattva Vow ~ Beastie Boys
- That I Would Be Good ~ Alanis Morissette
- 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) ~ Simon & Garfunkel
- Return to Innocence ~ Enigma
- High ~ James Blunt
- Bridge Over Troubled Water ~ Simon & Garfunkel
- River ~ Garth Brooks
- Chasing Cars ~ Snow Patrol
- Forever Young ~ Rod Stewart
- Wish Me Well ~ Tahni Handal
- Freak Out ~ Chic
- You Dropped a Bomb on Me ~ The Gap Band
- Wave on Wave ~ Pat Green
- Oh Happy Day ~
- Friends ~ Dionne Warwick with Elton John
- We are Family ~ Sister Sledge
- Tonight Tonight ~ Smashing Pumkins
- More Than This ~ Roxy Music
- Amazing Grace ~
- Wild Thing ~ Jimi Hendrix
- We’ll be Together ~ Sting
- Breathe ~ Anna Nalick
- Something Inside so Strong ~ Kenny Rogers
- When You Put Your Heart in It ~ Kenny Rogers
- Live Like You Were Dying ~ Tim McGraw
- Walking on Sunshine ~ Katrina & the Waves
- I Love You Just the Way You Are ~ Billy Joel
- Ring of Fire ~ Johnny Cash
- Son of a Preacher Man ~ Dusty Springfield
- Shiny Happy People ~ REM
- Eric Clapton ~ (Suggestions???)
- Love Profusion ~ Madonna
- Nothing Fails ~ Madonna
- He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother ~ Rufus Wainwright
- Bob Dylan ~ ???
- Stand By Me ~ Ben E. King
- Let Me Be Your Witness ~ Marc Cohn
- Elton John ~ ???
- Fields of Gold ~ Sting
- All is Full of Love ~ Bjork
- It’s in Our Hands ~ Bjork
- Alarm Call ~ Bjork
- Declare Independence ~ Bjork
- Where Soul Meets Body ~ Deathcab for Cutie
- Right Here, Right Now ~ Fatboy Slim
- Way You Move ~ Outkast
- Eagles ~ ???
- Somewhere over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World ~ Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- Who Let the Dogs Out ~ Baha Men
- I Hope You Dance ~ Lee Ann Womack
- Poses ~ Rufus Wainwright
- Talkin’ about a Revolution ~ Tracy Chapman
- As I Lay Me Down ~ Sophie B. Hawkins Rounding out our list with …
- Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show ~ Neil Diamond ** Because I’ve decided that John Friend must be a bit like Brother Love, only with his arm bones back once the hands are in the air.
We’re making great progress! How many are we up to? I think we ought to have a solid 90 songs, a symbolic reminder of 90 degrees. Or, we could go for 108. Chime in with your suggestions here or email me if you’d rather. So, what say you, oh Kula Mates? What songs are we missing?