Yoga + Music: Turn Up Energy with Tunes

Move with music. Energize your practice by setting it to a happy beat.
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Move to the music with this energizing practice set to a happy beat.

For yoga teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, music and yoga are two great tastes that taste great together. "They go together. Yoga can open up the physical body. And music keeps you engaged vibrationally. It's uplifting and inspiring," says Doane. The teachers are so enamored of the combination that they frequently use music when they practice to recharge from their busy schedule of parenting, traveling, and teaching. Naturally, they select fun tunes to enrich and enliven the yoga classes they teach. The duo encourages you to practice to music you enjoy.

To get you started, they created the sequence on the following pages and infused it with some of their favorite songs to make you feel alive and connected to your true nature. The pace and feel of the songs match the tone of the sequence. When you start the accompanying playlist, warm up with Sun Salutations. The musical wave will carry you through the asanas: standing poses to ground you, backbends to open your heart, and a twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana) and supine poses (Supta Padangusthasana and Supta Gomukhasana) to bring your spine back to neutral. When you hear the song "One Step Closer to You" picking up speed, start to emerge from Savasana and notice the world around you. You're sure to feel elevated.

To begin: Close your eyes, and notice the silence. Sit quietly for 5 minutes. Turn the music on and warm up with three repetitions of A-series Sun Salutations to get started.

To end Rest in Savasana (Corpse Pose) for 10 minutes.