Steve Ross’s Playlist

Los Angeles yoga teacher Steve Ross has made a career out of his love for music. He has recorded with bands such as the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and Men at Work, and has taught yoga to the likes of Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, which is perhaps why radio-friendly hits continue to play such a big role in Ross’s yoga classes.

“Pop music allows me to reach a group of students who might not do yoga otherwise,” he says. “Even though the lyrics may not always align with yoga philosophy, the music provides a familiar backdrop so that students can have a good time while they’re learning and growing as yogis.”

Mainstream tunes also help to bring people into a more meditative space. “People come in from the traffic and noise, high on Starbucks,” he says. “You can’t take somebody from a place of chaos and put them immediately into deep meditation. You have to take them from where they are.”

The following playlist, which was designed to accompany the Vinyasa Yoga portion of Ross’s class, is followed by slower tracks and longer-held Yin Yoga poses that lead up to Savasana. – ERICA RODEFER

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No Woman, No Cry
by Fugees

I Believe
by Sounds of Blackness

Love and Happiness
by Al Green

Gone Going Gone
by Black Eyed Peas

People Everyday
by Arrested Development

Stars All Seem to Weep
by Beth Orton

Poetry Man
by Zap Mama

Higher Vibration
by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Don’t Be Sorry, Just Be Happy
by Mick Fleetwood

Sri Vidya
by Steve Ross