This is what I’ve been flowing to these days. Upbeat and funky, it’s the perfect summer yoga mix.
I’ve been on holiday this month, so the March yoga playlist is inspired by travel, adventure, free spirits and free time.
Winter this year has been cold and grey … so very dark and grey. To keep my spirits bright and my body warm, I continue my yoga practice, but it is a little slower and more chilled, like all things in the northern hemisphere at this time. Here’s my favourite playlist for slow flows and bright hearts.
I’d love to know your favourite songs for staying warm in the midst of winter chills. Let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram: @laurenewilkie
This time of year often makes me feel frantic and airy, so to stay grounded I incorporate lots of rooting poses and strong beats into my yoga practice and yoga playlist. Here’s what I’m practicing to at the moment.
I’d love to know what keeps you grounded this time of year, and what music helps out. Let me know in the comments or drop me a message on Instagram – @laurenewilkie
I’m switching focus this month, from meditation to one of my other loves – Pilates! To get you in the mood, check out this month’s music inspiration – an upbeat flow that I use for some of my yoga/pilates fusion flows. It’s dynamic and energetic and keeps me going all the way till the end. What are you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments or use #novemberpilates
When I first started meditating, I wasn’t sure how to do it, or if I was doing it “right” (I know now that there isn’t really a right or wrong way when it comes to meditating). In my quest to learn more about it and how to do it, I found a few resources that really helped me discover what worked for me and what I enjoyed, and I use these resources still now, especially when I’m tired or in need of support.
My favourite resources for meditation:
Tahlee makes music for meditation and it is MAGICAL! I have listened to her albums Allied Forces and Spectrum countless times, and they never fail to help me chill out and find a bit of peace. Her new album Luminous is uplifting and relaxing at the same time. Check her out and be prepared to be blwon away. Make sure you use headphones when you listen.
Claire’s album of guided meditations take the guess work out of meditating. There are basic meditations and meditations for a specific purpose, and they are all around 10 minutes long. She also has lots of resources on her blog about meditation and often runs a yearly meditation challenge. I’ve found her tracks really helpful in determining what kind of meditation works for me, as well as using specific meditations for something I’m working on. You can find the album in her shop.
Yoga Nidra by Swami Pragyamurti Saraswati
While slightly different from traditional meditation, yoga nidra usually has the same effect for me, so I include it in my “meditation practice” category. This is a great CD with several different tracks so you won’t get bored of them. I always feel really refreshed after listening and often use yoga nidra for relaxation when travelling or for an energy boost when I’m tired. It’s said that a 30 minute practice of yoga nidra is equivalent to a few hours of quality sleep, and I love how I feel after listening. Swami Pragyamurti also has the most beautiful voice.
Meditation Made Easy by Stephanie Brookes
This is a great book with lots of different meditation options. A good transition for when you want to meditate without a guide, but still need guidance. There are lots of tops about how to meditate, different kinds of meditations, and meditations for specific purposes. It’s easy to understand and laid out in a way that you can easily dip in and out or read the whole book cover to cover. I refer back to it often, both for my own practice, and to get ideas for teaching.
I’d love to hear about any meditation resources you’ve found! Let me know in the comments, or use #meditateoctober.
This month’s music inspiration – a bit pop, a bit indulgent … an upbeat hour of music making me want to move my body on my mat in ways that feel good. What inspires you to move your body? What are you listening to on the mat this month? Let me know in the comments or use #selfpracticeseptember
This playlist is designed with the following type of flow in mind: a short warm-up, a dynamic standing sequence, some seated poses and a lovely long savasana.