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Yoga Playlist | "The Dawn" by Chris Calarco

This free yoga playlist is inspired after a track by DJ Krush, an absolute maestro on the turntables, who I will be seeing live here in Portland next week.

The mix follows the trajectory of being frontloaded with a little electronica and a lot of reggae before diving into a brief sultry soul dip into classic Otis. Transitioning with creative and spacey instrumental indie rock from the fun-loving Apples in Stereo we dive back into darker electronica with Booka Shade and Burial. As class cools down we get more lyrics and “non-traditional” yoga songs, a little Rolling Stones, Josh Ritter, and The Ronettes before finishing with two of the more gorgeous songs I know — Bon Iver’s “For Emma” and M Ward’s “I’ll Be Yr Bird”.  It works.

The Dawn

“Om (Invocation)” – MC Yogi | Purchase

“The Road, Pt. 2″ – DJ Drez | Purchase

“Limitations” – Lindstrom | Purchase

“The Dawn” – DJ Krush | Purchase

“Soulful Dub” – Alvin Ranglin | Purchase

“Picture on the Wall”  - Carl Dawkins (with the Wailers) | Purchase

“Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” – Otis Redding | Purchase

“The Grid” – Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke | Purchase

“Innerspace” – The Apples in Stereo Purchase

“Duke” – Booka Shade | Purchase

“Unite” – Burial | Purchase

“Hey Ma Durga” – Krishna Das/Baird Hersey/Prana | Purchase

“Detlef Schrempf” – Band of Horses | Purchase

“Good Man” – Josh Ritter | Purchase

“Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love?”– The Ronettes | Purchase

“Let it Loose” – The Rolling Stones | Purchase

“For Emma” – Bon Iver | Purchase

“I’ll Be Yr Bird” – M Ward | Purchase

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Chris has been practicing yoga for the past six years and has recently begun teaching in Portland, Oregon. He has been listening to music since Poison overtook his heart at age 12. Yoga and music, yoga and music, yoga and music! Jai! Visit his website -

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