Ted McDonald’s Playlist

Moving in synch with the breath in yoga is much like a dance, says Los Angeles vinyasa yoga teacher Ted McDonald. “Music encourages you to flow more gracefully through your practice,” he says. “It also helps to quiet the mind’s chatter.” McDonald likes his asana to be fun and energetic, so he fills his playlist with danceable Top 40 hits and a lot of funk. Here, he suggests rhythms for a slow warm-up, a fairly strong vinyasa flow sequence of backbends, inversions, hip openers, and forward bends, followed by a delicious Savasana.

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 by Steve Ross

Moment of Surrender
 by U2

Viva la Vida
 by Coldplay

Poker Face
 by Lady Gaga

Love City
by Sly & the Family Stone, featuring Moby

by Common

Hey World
by Michael Franti & Spearhead

Hungry Heart
 by Minnie Driver

Fields of Gold
 by Eva Cassidy

 by Moby