A Morning Yoga Playlist for Anyone Who Struggles with Mornings
I am not a morning person. I have ideas of grandeur about rising with the sun for a morning meditation, pressing green juices for the day, and dancing out the door, fresh-faced, as woodland creatures greet me with their morning songs. In reality, I usually just end up hitting snooze seven times and rolling out of bed with five minutes to whip myself into shape and run out the door, shoes in hand.
Fond as I am of the last minute morning rush, there really is no better way to start the day than with a good yoga sesh. After a few sun salutations I forget how comfortable that memory foam was and I actually start to feel like a functional human being. That being said, I do need a pretty killer playlist to keep me motivated for those daunting morning practices.
So what makes a good playlist for giving you just the kick in the ass you need to get out of bed and on to your mat? I’m glad you asked.
First you need a relaxed, but happy, tune to ease you into things. No one wants to deal with some overly peppy morning person before your second cup of coffee has kicked in. The same goes for morning music. “Farewell, Stars” by Message to Bears is a good pick to comfortably transition from sleep to movement. It even has some subtle bird chirping to really drive the morning theme home. You’re welcome.
After we have established that we are awake and this yoga thing is happening, we can start building it up and adding some more energy to the mix. “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights is a classic, and Chet Faker’s “No Diggity” is another solid choice to keep the energy flowing in the right direction.
At this point, we are building more heat and it’s time to bring in the heavy hitters. I am going to throw in “Friction” by Tauk to really amp up the intensity, and then take it back down a notch with some “Boy With a Coin” by Iron and Wine and an ambient Taylor McFerrin track, “Degrees of Light”, so we don’t burn ourselves out too quickly.
Now is a good time to start cooling off a little, so let’s invite Alina Baraz and Galamatias to the party with “Maybe” and “Fantasy”. For the final push, we are going to turn in up one more time and invoke the “Spirits” with The Nth Power, and then bring it home with “On and On” by Erykah Badu, and a laid back Bonobo track, “Kong”.
As we round the corner towards Savasana, it is time to let Lotus gently bring us back to earth with “Colorado”, a peaceful guitar driven instrumental that is relaxing, but still invigorating enough to boost you into a productive day.
As you sink into your mat, allow any thoughts or worries about the day float by with each breath. Thank yourself for waking up early and taking the time to do something good for your body, mind and soul.
And there you have it: An easy 50-minute yoga playlist to get you from the mattress to the mat.