ear warming fall playlist

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Fall is such a deliciously complicated season. Crisp air, back-to-school memories and leaf-covered streets are a constant reminder of the cycle of life. To complement these visceral feelings, nostalgia for summer magic fills our hearts with bittersweet memories and gratitude. Consequently, taking quiet moments to renew our yoga practice and set our intentions never feels more ‘right’ than in autumn.

The wild and exuberant songs we loved in summer suddenly don’t fit anymore; instead we crave music that suits our reflective mood. Combining yoga and introspective music creates a unique space for us to access our spirit in an authentic way. Our Ear Warming Fall Yoga Playlist is layered with warmth and complexity perfectly suited for a restorative fall at-home yoga practice. Oh, and we finally figured out how you can download the whole thing!

ear warming fall yoga playlist

St. Vincent – Surgeon
Anyone who toured with Sufjan Stevens is going to have nomadic themes running through their work. St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, sounds like Kate Bush’s delicate little sister who sparkles herself in fairy dust. This track floats and meanders but instead of sounding wayward, St. Vincent’s voice glides through each beat on its own sensual clock.

Active Child – When Your Love Is Safe
Lyrics about realisation and self awareness are layered over eclectic, ambient electro beats to sum up a story of loss and learning. If you get a chance, check out Active Child live – they put on a rad show.

Beirut – Santa Fe
Combining soaring vocals and weird Gypsy-tinged instrumentals, Beirut makes some of the most poignant, interesting music on the scene. His voice is distinct but not jarring; he sounds like a Martian from the Roaring Twenties – and that is a compliment.

Mary J. Blige – All That I Can Say
Mary keeps it real as usual, telling us how she spent her whole life looking for meaning - and the day she stopped searching for it, the meaning came and found her.

Bon Iver – Calgary
The current king of the indie scene has brought the heartfelt singer-songwriter genre back to the mainstream. It’s no wonder; the lyrics to this song are gorgeous, weaving between allegory and literal references in a way so earnestly romantic that it breaks your heart.

Brandon Flowers – Only The Young
The frontman of the massively popular group The Killers, Brandon Flowers is searching more than ever for something. Here he talks about second chances and filling dark corners with light.

Radiohead – All I Need
Who we are on the mat is who we are off the mat. When this realisation happens, it is both powerful and revealing. Are you often late to class? Do you rush through poses, trying to perfect them on the first try? The parallels that can be drawn between yoga and ‘real’ life are remarkable; all we need is our yoga mat (and maybe some reminders from Thom Yorke) to work on our whole selves.

Feist – The Circle Married The Line
Leslie Feist has the uncanny ability to write songs that satisfy the cravings in our head. You know when you’re listening to a song and a string of notes are played – and it’s like they were engineered to be the exact ones your brain wanted to hear? This is Feist’s remarkable gift. This song’s chorus has reverse scales that will make the hairs on your arms stand at attention.

Beck – Lost Cause
When a relationship has gone past the point of no return, we can feel it in our hearts and in our bones. Beck perfectly sums up the ironically sweet misery of the letting go process.

AA Bondy – I Can See The Pines Are Dancing
Wildly underrated, AA Bondy makes a declaration with every line he utters in this cozy little ditty. He is arrestingly self-possessed (“I am a fire and I must burn today”) and surprises us further by cooling down his smoldering tracks with Dick Dale-esque surf guitar riffs.

Kings of Convenience - Homesick
This Norwegian duo uses their voices to complement their music, rather than compete with it. This balance and harmony work perfectly to create meaningful, pastoral tunes perfect for deep stretches and grateful thoughts.

May this playlist warm your heart and ears as you take on another crisp fall season.

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Thanks! Any chance you guys are on Spotify? Would love to be able to stream this playlist.

Comment by Jen — October 18, 2011 @ 7:44 am

Yeeeaaahhh girl. Good one!

Comment by Dione — October 18, 2011 @ 7:53 am

how do you download this? the link take you to itunes front page and that’s it… thanks!

Comment by susan — October 18, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

I agree! I’d love if this was on Spotify! :)

Comment by Rita — October 18, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

Ah, you lucky Americans get all the cool stuff! Spotify isn’t currently available to us Canucks but it’s certainly on our radar. We are actively working to elevate our playlist sharing abilities and we’re keeping Spotify top of mind. Thanks for that great feedback!

Comment by Allessia — October 18, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

Great Playlist!! Really enjoyed listening to it!

Comment by Clara — October 18, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

Spotify would be cool!!

Comment by Leslie — October 18, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

YES!!! You have fabulous taste in music.

Comment by Kate — October 18, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

Amazing song choice! Beirut – Sante Fe is one of my favorite songs.

Comment by dustin — October 18, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

Love this Alexis! I desperately need new music!

Comment by Mila — October 18, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

I wish Spotify would come to Canada. Putting it on my Christmas list!

Comment by Alexis — October 18, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

@susan Hmm, that’s odd that it’s not working for you.
Off the top of my head it could be two things:
1. the computer you’re using doesn’t have iTunes installed (work computer perhaps?)
2. Since the playlist uses Ping (an iTunes social channel) you may need to create a Ping account in order see/download it!

Let us know if either of those things work!

Comment by Allessia — October 18, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

Another idea is setting up a playlist on 8tracks.com :)

Comment by Kaila — October 18, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

….yet another great songlist……keep them coming!!!

Comment by Lesley — October 18, 2011 @ 9:46 pm


You made my day with this songlist – love it!

Comment by Jena — October 19, 2011 @ 7:24 am

Awesomeness. Thank you for these little nuggets! I feel productivity coming on …

Comment by Jillian — October 19, 2011 @ 8:00 am

Interesting list. I am very familiar with Beck, Radiohead and Mary J. Blige. The others… not so much. Will have to check them out.

Comment by Andrew — October 19, 2011 @ 8:44 am

Nice playlist Alexis! Keep them coming! I posted a playlist on my blog last fall called November Chill and included Lost Cause by Beck as well – perfect melancholy fall tune. Also thanks for introducing me to this AA Bondy song… absolutely LOVE!!! :)

Comment by Andrea Isabelle Lucas @ mind body blissful — October 19, 2011 @ 10:58 am

Great picks! Rooting for Canada to get Spotify now!

Comment by erin @WELL in L.A. — October 19, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

Awesome sounds of fall. Keep em comin.

Comment by Twigg — October 20, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

Can you put these on Grooveshark? Would be great, thanks!

Comment by Lisa — October 26, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

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