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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don’t Cry Out Loud: The songs I don’t want to hear in yoga class

Broken record: songs played over and over in yoga classI’ve now heard Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” in yoga three times this week alone. I am going out of my mind, which is kind of getting in the way of being mindful.

Because this earnest musical inspiration is enough to make me beg for divine mercy, and for a car blasting hip-hop to park outside the studio window, I’ve come up with an off-limits yoga playlist. A what-not-to-play playlist for yoga class. My kindly teachers, please listen up.

Verboten, from now on, are:

“Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
“Just Breathe,” Anna Nalick
“The Blower’s Daughter,” Damien Rice
“Breathe Me,” Sia (aka the finale of “Six Feet Under”)

And anything that’s a popular first dance song at a wedding: “Unforgettable,” for example, is unacceptable. As is anything I’d hear while getting a massage or that has a deliberate feel-good message.

Winning two gold stars for mixing it up this week is Katherine (or was it Caitlin?) at YogaVida who played Toto’s “Africa,” a remix of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” and something by Arcade Fire.

I propose a yoga teacher training lead by DJs on how to make a melodic yet modern and possibly clever or humorous mix for class. (And please add a hint of ’80s new wave for me!)

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