There’s a time and place for sweet, peaceful yoga practices filled with Enya, relaxing rainsticks and Gregorian chants, but it’s the edgy, rebellious, bad yogi in us that needs a different kind of playlist. Every now and then we need to hear the simultaneously trippy, spiritual, heart-pounding, NGAF beats that fill our bones with the type of energy that defines the Bad Yogi philosophy.
We may not be dropping down and giving you 20 or burpee-ing our way into nausea, but we are badasses and we deserve a black-and-white “Rocky” montage as much as the next gal. Some days you just need to hear the edgy soundtrack that matches your hard work, sweat and spirituality, so I’m here to deliver. Here’s an hour of carefully curated tracks to accompany your atypical yoga practice—proceed with caution as the following may cause excessive endorphin levels.
1. “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” – Wet
This track starts out slow and melodic enough to get your mind in the right state and get the blood flowing. The rhythmic claps and snaps combined with soothing harmonic vocals build up to create one of the more pleasant ways of saying, “Look, we need to talk..”
2. “Gooey” – Glass Animals
The Glass Animals offer up some questionably gross imagery in this one, but the mellow beat and almost-creepy vocals are addictive. Plus, you know you can’t resist “those peanut butter vibes.”
3. “No Diggity” – Chet Faker
Where my ‘90s kids at? You’ll recognize this oldie from Blackstreet, but this version with the impossibly sexy vocals of Chet Faker is just too good not to flow to. No diggity, no doubt, y’all.
4. “Two Weeks” – FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs is the ultimate bad girl with a sweet voice, and this song is so intense yet satisfying. Fun fact: She started her career as a professional dancer and tends to get bendy on stage, which makes us think she’d get her yoga on to this sort of playlist too.
5. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” – The Flaming Lips (featuring Miley Cyrus & Beck)
Here’s another cover, but this one is none other than the Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” which according to McCartney is not about LSD but instead, a drawing his son created as a child. We’ll let you decide the position Miley, Beck and The Flaming Lips took on it.
6. “Girl Loves Me” – David Bowie
In loving memory of the great Star Man himself, Bowie’s album released shortly before his death is a testament to his genius as well as his flare for all things drama and magic. This catchy, difficult to understand tune is just one of the seven epic Blackstar tracks.
7. “Cigarette Song” – Raury
This acoustic-turned-string quartet hip-hop number may need a NSFW warning, but it’s sure to be stuck in your head forever. It’s such a unique song to get your heart pumping to.
8. “Throw Down Your Guns” – Wild Belle
Since your heart rate is already up, you might as well get pumped up to this new release from Wild Belle. These gorgeous hippies have attitude and with lyrics like, “Throw down your guns in the name of love,” how can you not be smitten?
9. “Back At The Start” – Viceroy, K. Flay
I propose saxophone be a mandatory element in every yoga sesh, and this song is the perfect way to get it started. Its upbeat combo of electronic beats, soothing vocals and epic sax solos make it the perfect song to sweat to.
10. “Forrest Gump” – Frank Ocean
Time to catch your breath. Big, open mouth exhales to Frank Ocean’s silky smooth voice reminding us that life is like a box of chocolates.
11. “Let Go – Sir Sly Remix”– RAC, Kele, MNDR
This psychedelic track layers on the vocals and keeps that vinyasa sequence going strong. It’s a great reminder to just let go and be there in the moment.
12. “Don’t Move”– Phantogram
Dark lyrics with a fun, dancey beat? Count us in. Phantogram nails this niche and this track will get the heart pumping again.
13. “Roses” – The Chainsmokers, ROZES
Everything about this song is perfection, especially when looking to lyrics for a little inspiration and coming to the end of your practice. “We could be beautiful, Get drunk on the good life, I’ll take you to paradise.” YAS!
14. “Jubel” – Klingande
Remember that saxophone requirement? Here it is again in full force. This lighthearted track builds up to the most wonderful of sax-y goodness and brings it back down for the juiciest of savasanas.
15. “Hey Mami” – Sylvan Esso
Finally, as you’re relaxing into your final trance, let the sweet sounds of Sylvan Esso wash over you. The bass drops a little there in the middle, but it’s still oddly relaxing and we can’t be certain, but it sounds like there might even be some waves crashing at the very end. You’re welcome. Namaste!
What song stays on your vinyasa playlist? Share your soundtrack staples in the comments!