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