a playlist for the great indoors

Rima Rabbath

Union Square ambassador Rima Rabbath embraces her inner homebody

Ever have trouble making it to the yoga studio? Busy schedules, travelling, difficult weather - it can be hard to keep up your practice. Don't let a change in routine stop you. Our friend Andrew (from Ottawa's Rideau Centre store) has just the ticket to celebrate the great indoors and keep your yoga practice alive at home or on the road.

This 66-minute playlist will keep you focused and relaxed while you practice yoga sans studio. The music is a great complement to a DVD or podcast. Once you're comfortable doing the series of postures, ignore the verbal cues and play the music over the audio track.  If you're practicing from memory, it's even easier. Just hit play, breathe and begin.

I've broken the playlist into three sections. If you have the full hour, do the whole playlist. If you're short on time, just tackle one half of the list and finish with the savasana track.

standing postures

These first five songs will accompany your opening sun salutations and flows. Nothing too loud or too mellow, just a great mix of smooth and calming tracks to get your mind and breath on track.

I Walked - Sufjan Stevens
Samskeyti (Track 3) - Sigur Ros
Happiness - Jonsi & Alex
Blank Pages - The Album Leaf
The Road West - The Appleseed Cast

seated postures

The next four tracks take you through your seated postures. Again, nothing sleep-inducing here - just some nice beats and atmospheric tracks to keep you focused on your breath.

Silent - The Field
Into The Sea - The Album Leaf
Too Late - M83
Your Hand in Mine - Explosions in The Sky


This last track is just over eleven minutes long and is perfect for your savasana or final meditation. I consider it a challenge to be still for the entire song and give my body the proper chance to heal and restore. I challenge you to the same.

Midnight Souls Still Remain - M83

set up your studio

The beauty of practicing on your own is that you really don't need much. Here's what we suggest to get on your way.

We're loving Andrew's playlist so much we're thinking about staying in for the weekend. What about you?

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I love your playlists dude!!!!!

Comment by lesia d. — January 30, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

This playlist was spot on! So perfect for the days when I cant get to the studio. I especially love the Savasana challenge – it *is* a long track and if you really let go, it’s fantastic.

Comment by Amanda Heironimus — February 14, 2011 @ 8:40 am

What a great playlist…it’s like you read my mind and collected all of my favorite artists in one fantastic space. Thanks for this!

Comment by Becky — February 18, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

woooow you guys r ROCKIN!

Comment by Erin — March 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am

MORE *yoga* practice playlists please!!

Comment by Ember — August 2, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

I LOVE this playlist… I am teaching a class to the entire thing tonight :)

Comment by Brandie — October 15, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

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