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January 10, 2014

Tunes for Tuning In. {Yoga Playlist}

Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.

~ John Lennon

I love music. I love practicing yoga with music. (I also love practicing yoga in silence sometimes.) I have zero musical talent, but I agree with virtuoso guitar icon Jimi Hendrix’s sentiment: “Music is my religion.”

The chakra of the month—the third eye—is all about intuition, insight and imagination.

While I can’t guarantee that this music will help you open your third eye, these are some of my all-time favorite songs, both for yoga practice and just for the pure enjoyment of listening.

1. Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne

Opening meditation. Breathe and arrive in the present moment.

2. Do You Realize? by The Flaming Lips

It really broke my heart when they used this song in a car commercial, but I still love it.

3. See-Line Woman by Nina Simone

Or, really, any song by Nina Simone.

4. Big Brown Eyes by The Old 97s

This song reminds me of Texas.

5. Dream Baby by Roy Orbison

Sweet dream, baby!

6. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

7. Within You Without You by The Beatles

George Harrison’s meditation-inspired musical creation, featuring Ravi Shankar on sitar.

8. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAnlke_xUY

9. The Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQAie8ABLE

10. All a Dream by Norah Jones

Regard all dharmas as dreams.

11. How by Regina Spektor

Her videos are all so creative!

12. Sacred Vision by Iron & Wine

See also: every song ever written by Iron & Wine.

13. Redemption Song by Bob Marley

Ideal for cooling down, restorative or yin yoga poses.

14. Imagine by John Lennon

My all-time favorite savasana song. Relax in silence for as long as possible after the song ends.

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Girl Jan 10, 2014 4:09pm

Love the post for Iron & Wine… Sodom South GA is my fave song 🙂

encounterillumination Jan 10, 2014 9:25am

thank you for compiling these..love!!

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