What Your Yoga Playlist Says About You

“What is that song you played during…”  is one of the most-asked questions yoga teachers tend to hear.

Crafting great yoga music is an art, and finding music to engage students can be a bit tricky. Most often it will change depending on the experience you want to create on that particular day. Some practices require something upbeat and funky, while others are better suited for New-Age intstrumental music. 

And if you’re a student, you don’t always get much say in the yoga class playlist. Most of the time you simply have to cross your fingers and hope you’re not stuck listening to Jack Johnson for a straight 75 minutes. (A little every now and then is fine, but there’s such a thing as going overboard, people.) 

Your preference in yoga music also tends to say a lot about you. Do you like to flow to hard rock, or do you prefer a more mellow practice? Perhaps you like something beachy and fun to match the playful vibe of your practice. Regardless, we’ve got our yoga playlist prognosis.

What does your music taste say about you?

Hip-Hop: You’re a dancing queen.

When those soothing beats come on, you can’t help but add a bit of flavor into your flow. You’re not just moving through the poses: You’re making art. We have a feeling you also know how to kill it on the dance floor. You’re cool, collected, and a great person to take to a party. You also may a have a more secret sensitive side, but it takes some time for you to reveal it to others. 

Try: Garth Stevenson and ASTR

Indie Folk: You’re a soulful sister. 

You’ve got soft space in your heart for honest lyrics and an acoustic guitar. Not only does it speak to your soul, but the calming lyrics allow the day’s stress to become a thing of the past. Outside of the classroom, you’re a great friend and an amazing lover. You’re creative, artistic, sensitive, and natural poet. You like to plan romantic evenings and can transform even the worst breakup in to a poem. (And if you haven’t done that yet, give it a try!)

Try: Isobel Anderson and Trampled by Turtles

Kirtan: You’re a mystic mama. 

When it comes to your practice, you like to keep things as authentic as possible and utilize the healing power of these ancient chants. You practice yoga for the bigger picture, and have a pretty strong ability to quiet the mind. Your friends see you as the “wise one,” and you’ve got a fairly strong ability when it comes to trusting your instincts. To you, yoga is more than just a workout; it’s the path to helping you reach your full potential.  

Try: Desert Dwellers and Krishna Das 

Dance Beats: You’re a rhythm relaxer.

Anything with a good beats helps put you in a chill mindset. When it comes to your classes, you prefer a good mix of working out and turning inward. You’ve got a good balance of knowing when it’s time for fun, and when to simply chill. Dance parties are great, but you also know when it’s time to take a breath and enjoy some downtime, whether it's on the beach, a boat, or a Sunday in bed. 

Try: General Fuzz and Andrea Balency 

Reggae: You’re a playful practitioner.

“Don’t worry, be happy” is your mantra. When life is so awesome, what’s there to complain about? You carry that positive attitude into your practice, flooding the classroom with a palpable joy and contagious prana. When you’re not in the studio, you can be found on the beach or dancing naked around your bedroom. Keep spreading those good vibes, little yogi!

Try: Collie Buddz and Ziggy Marley

Check out the other stories in this series: 
What Your Yoga Mat Says About You, What Your Favorite Yoga Outfit Says About You, What Your Favorite Yoga Snack Says About You, What Your Yoga Studio Says About You


Amanda kohr

Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at...READ MORE