Teen Yoga Playlist - Shanti Generation

Teen Yoga Playlist


teen yoga playlist

This post is humbly dedicated to the one Adam Yauch. (1964-2012). Thanks for so many years of  musical inspiration and for being a Bodhisattva for peace and equality. RIP MCA

Music in yoga class can be tricky, particularly in teen yoga. Play a song whose popularity has recently faded and watch teens indicate a gag or roll their eyes. I’ve stopped trying to be “cool” with my teen yoga students! If I want to play music from their vernacular, I just ask them what they like.

The music I bring into yoga sessions has a different value and purpose. I aim to expose my teen students to new sounds that are helpful to the learning experience. Music can also bridge cultural divides. When possible, I love to incorporate music from  my students cultural heritage. After much trial and error, here’s my shortlist of “teen approved,” yoga appropriate tunes.

I  limit my use of music use in yoga class to 1 or 2 occasional songs. Music for final relaxation really does help them, especially in a school environment when lots of other sounds can be heard from other rooms. I also enjoy occasionally having a tune playing while they enter class. This actually helps minimize idle chatter. They usually want to know about the music, which can lead to a teachable moment. During some group projects or partner work, music can help provide a container for the class. Music helps keep the group connected in Yoga Laboratory.


Inspiring, fresh melodies for active yoga:

Evans Gambit- Metameta

Nomads- Govinda

Durga Puja (TJ Rehmi)- Cheb I Sabbah

One Too Many Mornings- The Chemical Brothers


Calming tones for resting:

Tantra Drums- Al Gromer Khan

Nada Himalaya 2- Deuter

Energy Tune Up- Osher (Teens unfamiliar with the sound of didjeridoo may chuckle at this one at first, but come to love it eventually. I like to give a little context for this music and listen to a bit of it together before playing the song during relaxation. You can read up on Osher and her didj here.)

Veradardzir (Return To Me)- Yeghish Manoukian


Please enjoy! If you take a special liking to any of these artists, please consider supporting them with a purchase on iTunes. It’s always great to give back to the creatives that make our lives so colorful.

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thanks for the insight in music! I purchased some of the suggestions, and looked at other songs on their album. I would love to see more of your suggestions , and read some more on your website.

Thanks again for your music list


Chemical Brothers! Inspired. Thanks.


    You are welcome. Thanks for your comment and we’d love to know your face songs.

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