One-Song Yoga Sequence: Eric Paskel’s Tribute to Prince

Like so many, YJ LIVE! Presenter Eric Paskel had a profound respect for Prince. Here he offers a core-crushing mini practice to the song “Controversy” as a tribute.
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Loved Prince? Join Eric Paskel at Yoga Journal LIVE! New York, April 21-24, for his celebratory tribute session to the legendary artist. (Purple attire welcome.) Get pumped with this preview—play it, practice it, pin it!

Like so many, Eric Paskel, who is known for compiling killer playlists to accompany his classes in Studio City, California, and at Yoga Journal LIVE! events, had a profound respect for Prince. “His musical genius was second to none,” Paskel says. “He did what we all want to do and that is to be ourselves. The man got me through road trips, breakups, births, deaths, inspired some incredible lovemaking sessions and brought a ton of yoga classes to life.”

Paskel looks forward to the next one: A tribute class to the musical legend at YJ LIVE! San Diego. “To be honest I haven’t been this excited to teach a class in a long, long time,” he says. “There will be a lot of emotion, a ton of celebration and the rest will unfold with each song. We will honor Prince and his purpleness like only crazy yogis can.”

Here, Paskel is offering a preview with a core-crushing mini practice to Prince’s song “Controversy.” “This song’s lyrics [Said life is just a game, we’re all just the same, do you wanna play?] are one of my many Prince mantras,” he says. “They remind me how I want to approach my everyday, they remind of what the ancient Yoga Shastras (scriptures) say about who we are and what this life is all about."

The Song: Prince, “Controversy”

Practice the following sequence to this live version of "Controversy" by Prince. "Turn it on, turn it up and let the lyrics to this whole song end your own internal controversy and set you free!" Paskel says.

The Sequence