Power Yoga Playlist – “Cinco De Mayo”

Mexico-Musicians

What is the meaning behind Cinco De Mayo?  Many people (including myself), have wrongly thought that it is to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.  However that holiday is really on September 16th.  Cinco De Mayo is actually a celebration of the Mexican army defeating the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, even though they were outnumbered and were unlikely to win.  It is therefore a celebration about believing in the impossible and beating the odds.

Today I taught a Power Yoga class and wanted to do something different to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.   As much as I would have loved to turn my yoga class into a party with margaritas and tacos and dancing, I knew that wasn’t a possibility.  So I decided that at least the music for the class could be a party!  I compiled an upbeat playlist that includes various Hispanic or Latino musicians, and taught a faster vinyasa flow with a little bit more cardio elements such as donkey kicks.  After all, we were having a party right?  Hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do!

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Cinco De Mayo”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

1) Oye Como Va,” by Santana, 4:18

2) “Escape,” by Enrique Iglesias, 3:28

Sun Salutations A & B:

3) “We Are One (Ole Ola),” by Pitbull, 3:42

4) “The Cup of Life,” by Ricky Martin, 4:37

Standing Work Series:

5) “Danza Kuduro,” by Don Omar and Lucenzo, 3:19

6) “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira and Wyclef Jean, 3:38

7) “Gasolina – DJ Buddah Remix,” by Daddy Yankee, Lil Jon, and Pitbull, 4:43

8) “Guajira (I Love U 2 Much),” by Yerba Buena, 4:10

9) “Vivir Mi Vida,” by Marc Anthony, 4:11

10) “Whenever, Wherever,” by Shakira, 3:16

Backbending / Core Work:

11) “Bailando,” by Enrique Iglesias, 4:03

12) “Alejandro,” by Lady Gaga, 4:34

Hips / Deep Stretching:

13) “Senorita,” by Justin Timberlake, 4:55

14) “Sway,” by Michael Buble, 3:08

Savasana:

15) “Spanish Lullaby,” by Chill Out Music Academy, 4:11

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“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”

~ M. Scott Peck

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“We can help unite our communities and inspire them to be excited about the goal of building a culture of peace by celebrating together.”

~ Robert Alan Silverstein

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“While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life everyday, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.”

~ Mattie Stepanek

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Rainbow

March is here, and we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  One of my favorite things about March is seeing all the spring blossoms that begin appearing everywhere.  A normal commute along the usual roads, or a regular walking path around the neighborhood, can be brightened by the beautiful colors and flowers all around, if you just take a moment to notice them.

March is always quite a rainy month, but without the rain, we wouldn’t have rainbows coloring the sky.  My most recent Power Yoga playlist is inspired by this changing of seasons from winter to spring.  I searched for songs that I felt expressed beauty, light, and appreciation for something as simple as seeing a rainbow that appears one moment and is gone the next, or seeing the rays of sunlight peeking through thick, gray clouds.

Hope you can take a moment each day and see glimpses of the beautiful world we live in.  Happy Spring!

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

Silence

Sun Salutations A & B:

1) “Beautiful Day,” by U2, 4:08

2) “Under the Sun,” by John De Sohn, 3:13

Standing Work Series:

3) “Ray of Light,” by Madonna, 5:21

4) “Brighter Than the Sun,” by Colbie Caillat, 3:50

5) “Let the Sun Shine,” by Labrinth, 3:00

6) “Go Outside,” by Cults, 3:23

7) “Island in the Sun,” by Weezer, 3:21

8) “Beauty in the World,” by Macy Gray, 3:50

Backbending / Core Work:

9) “It’s a Beautiful Day,” by Boyce Avenue, 3:12

10) “Good Life,” by Tyler Ward, 3:27

Hips / Deep Stretching:

11) “Hello Mr. Sun,” by Joe Brooks, 3:18

12) “Beautiful Day,” by Joshua Radin, 3:32

13) “A Good Day (Morning Song),” by Priscilla Ahn, 3:24

Savasana:

14) “Long Time Sun,” by Girish, 5:24

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“How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.”

~ Graham Swift