I love creating playlists for my classes as music can have an incredible effect on the energy of the students. If you’re trying to teach a vinyasa flow class but the music is slow and quiet, the energy of the class drops. And on the flip side, if you’re teaching a restorative class but play music that has lyrics or a faster beat, it can be hard for the students to gain the full benefits of the poses.
That’s why I am very particular about my song choices for savasana, or corpse pose. I want my students to relax into it. I want them to feel at ease, no matter what type of class they just took. If I choose something that is too loud or distracting, students can have a hard time settling in.
I have also learned from student feedback that they like that I have a small selection of savasana songs. While I thought it might be annoying or certain choices would become overplayed, it has the opposite effect. They are slowly conditioned to associate specific songs with savasana so they actually get settled in more quickly. Who knew?
I also like to consider time. If the class was only 60 minutes, I might go for a song that is slightly shorter, maybe around 4 minutes. However, if they just practiced for 75 or 90 minutes, I’m more inclined to go for a pick that is at least 5 minutes long.
In general, I tend to lean more towards contemporary, folk-ish music but there are always exceptions of the rule, especially for my Tuesday night Gentle/Restorative class. But without further ado, here are some of my go-to songs for savasana:
The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov – 6:00 min
The Trapeze Swinger – Iron & Wine* – 9:31 min
Flume – Coeur De Pirate – 3:43 min
Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine – 4:11 min
The Wisp Sings – Winter Aid – 5:13 min
January – Chihei Hatakeyama – 14:26 min
*contains minor profanity