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I preach about creating an experience in class for your students. You can’t guarantee that each student will like your style, but you can focus on creating an enjoyable experience for you students.

In yoga, music is an option the most teachers like to include in their classes. Your music should support your class, not control it. Here are some rules I follow when using music in my yoga classes:


First things first, your voice should not be overpowered by your music. You shouldn’t feel that you are “yelling” over your music. If you have a bluetooth set-up, it’s easy enough to lower the volume while you are talking, especially at the start and end of your class when you are speaking more softly.

It’s good to know where the speakers are located in the room you are teaching in. The music may not seem loud to you, but it may be very loud in specific areas of the room, so be mindful of how loud your music is in different spaces.

Finally, keep in mind the style of class you are teaching. For a flow class I keep the volume lower than I would for a yin or deep stretch class. In flow we generally speak more and you some students may find your voice is drowned out by the music, especially if you are moving around the room. Make sure all your students can hear you all of the time.


If you are teaching a flow class, I usually suggest to teachers to use music that doesn’t have any lyrics. Since we speak so much in flow, the lyrics can be distracting to students who now have their attention drawn in two vocal directions.

As I mentioned above, your music should support your class. I generally tell teachers to avoid pop songs in yoga, stick to music that is calming, inspirational, or even dramatic but without the use of lyrics. Your song for savasana should definitely not include any curse words, especially in a public class setting.


There is so much music online now, that it’s easier than it’s ever been to try listening to new styles of music and new artists.

If you hear a song in a class that you enjoyed, ask the teacher what song it is and then listen to other music by that artist. Spotify is amazing for coming up with new music lists for you based on what you are listening to. Each week I get a brand new playlist of music that I can listen to and discover new songs for my classes!


Confession: I used to come up with a new playlist every week!

Now, I change my playlist now about 1 time per month. Even then, I tend to change the beginning and end of the playlist where my students are more often meditating or resting in savasana and they are more likely to pay attention to the music. The middle part, where my students are flowing, moving, and focusing on the breath, I will change up maybe once every couple of months.

By having music that is calm and doesn’t contain any lyrics, often students won’t notice that you have the same music, or they really enjoy it so they don’t have the need or want for a change.

Do you enjoy creating playlists or does it frustrate you? Please share in the comments!

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