Gentle Yoga Adieu, a playlist

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It has been my pleasure and privilege to guide the practice of the Gentle Yoga students at Weinstein JCC the past two years. The moment is ripe for a new phase in my life. I leave this group to the capable hands of a new teacher and will cherish my memories of them. My last session with them will be June 22. Namaste, m’dears!

“Three Little Birds”                                    Bob Marley

“Summertime Is In Our Hands”               Michael Franti

“The Way I Am”                                          Ingrid Michaelson

“What A Wonderful World”                     Louis Armstrong

“Blue Skies”                                                 Willie Nelson

“Chan Chan”                                         Buena Vista Social Club

“Gaucho”                                               Gustavo Santaolalla

“How Far I’ll Go”                                 Auli’i Cravalho

“Golden Years”                                           David Bowie

“Love Never Wasted”                                Howard Jones

“We May Never Pass This Way Again”  Seals & Crofts

“Makeda”                                                     Les Nubians

“Luna De Fiesta”                                       Jose Luis Encinas

“Just A Cloud Away”                                Pharrell Williams

“Set The Tigers Free”                               Villagers

“Song For The Asking”                            Simon & Garfunkel

“Desert Sketch”                                        Frederic Hand

“Nocture No. 2 Op 9, E Flat Major”     Frederic Chopin


Balmy Nights Playlist


Peaceful, dreamy, contemplative. Gentle tunes for a gentle practice of yoga on a balmy night. All songs available on iTunes.

“When the Darkness Comes”              Colbie Caillat

“Ses Mains Tremblant Encore”     Sylvain Chauveau

“Mon Couer S’ouvre A Ta Voix”   Camille Saint-Saens

“Simple Gifts”                                  Frederic Hand

“Butterfly Waltz”   Most Beautiful Piano Wedding Music

“Dear Theodosia”                         from “Hamilton”

“Latika’s Theme”          Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack

“Down to Earth”                            Peter Gabriel

“Hallelujah”                  Vitamin String Quartet

“Sweet Davila”                              Demouche

“I’d Go Back If I Could”                Chris Thile

“Sadness and Sorrow”                 Piano Squall

“Rainbow Connection”    Weezer & Hayley Williams

“Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14”  Lawrence Foster

“Adagio for Strings”           Samuel Barber

“Plaisir d’Amour”         Jean-Paul-Egide Martini

Emerald Yoga: St. Patrick’s Day Playlist


It is no huge deductive leap to look at me and suppose that I observe St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, as a celebration of my people. And, I don’t mean “Beer-Truck Saturday,” which Richmond used last weekend as an excuse to get sloshed in plastic, green derbies and cheap bead necklaces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that 😉 Slainte!

For this week’s Gentle Yoga class, I built an Erin Go Bragh playlist that lifts the spirits and soothes. Had to leave out the countless jigs and reels available, as well as more rocking, martial offerings such as U2’s “Bloody Sunday.” All songs are available for download on iTunes and probably elsewhere, if you take my meaning. Angelic voices, harps, flutes, some Gaelic indecipherable to the American ear and even a recitation of a William Butler Yeats poem. (Apologies that I cannot work out how to get proper accent marks on the Gaelic.)

“The Stolen Child”                                       The Waterboys

“She Moved Through The Fair”                     Sheoda

“The Foggy Dew”     The Chieftains & Sinead O’Connor

“Boadicea”                                                         Enya

“Smaoinim”                                                      Enya

“Siuil a Run”                                                     Lisa Kelly

“Danny Boy”                       James Galway & The Chieftains

“Linger”                                                             The Cranberries

“October”                                                           U2

“Chasing Cars”                                                 Snow Patrol

“Port na bPucai”                                              Triona Marshall

“Irish Harp”                                                      Wellness Chillout

“Sally Gardens”                                  Celtic Harp Soundscapes

“The Parting Glass”                           UCD Choral Scholars