Just like your favorite meal, a yoga class can have the same effect. The instruction, cues, and sequencing are just what you need every time you step into the studio. Often the special sauce is the music flowing around the breaths and asanas.
Anton Mackey, a Phoenix-based traveling yogi, serves us this kind of yoga experience. Inspired by many spiritual traditions, Mackey teaches vinyasa classes that challenge the body, calm the mind, and help create a deeper connection to the soul. Layered on top of those powerful elements is music you will want to Shazam. Luckily, you won’t have to because he gave us access to one of his favorite playlists. We’ve flowed through these songs and we confirm the awesomeness of each soulful selection.
To better understand the beats behind Anton Mackey’s yoga flow, we caught up with him for a little Q&A.
How would you characterize your yoga teaching style?
My classes are a challenging blend of power and flow infused with lighthearted spirituality. I believe that the practice should cultivate a balance between the feminine Shakti (moon energy) and the masculine Shiva (sun energy). My class focuses on using movement with the breath to cultivate stillness in the mind.
What is the purpose of playing music in your yoga classes?
I feel that the right music can enhance the yoga practice by helping students find a rhythm to move to. My playlist is created to be the background to the physical practice.
Tell us more about this specific playlist. What inspired this collection of songs? Is there a theme you were capturing?
The songs in this playlist have a trance-like quality that stimulate vibration throughout the lower chakras.
What yoga pose do you see the class building toward?
The playlist helps bring the students into a deeper meditative savasana.
What music is the most calming to you? What is the most motivating?
The most calming and grounding music to me is Trevor Hall. And the most motivating music is beats that have a trance like quality that keeps me and my students present on the mat.
18 Songs to get you in the flow:
1. All I Really Need Vindata Kinzie May
2. Light Dr. Toast
3. Vibration Sophia Black
4. Penthouse Suites Wise Blood
5. U Make Me Feel Good Astronomy
6. The Sea - Night Version MO
7. Castle Halsey
8. Stay Closer Zhu
9. So This Is Goodbye William Fitzsimmons
10. Paradise Awaits Zhu
11. I Want U Alision Wonderland
12. Fire Rides MO
13. Pilgrim MO
14. Goddess Banks
15. Nothin On My Mind Astronomy
16. Body Gold Oh Wonder
17. Everything Yinyues Mimi Page
18. Grandmothersphere East Forest
This post originally appeared on stelari.com.
Photo by Jason Wilde