Breaking Bad: A Modern Vinyasa Yoga Playlist
“Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” —Rumi
I have dabbled in various styles of yoga. And while my interest in some styles lasted longer than others, none felt quite like a practice I could completely dedicate myself to as a practitioner or teacher.
Despite having learned a lot about alignment and discipline in Iyengar, Bikram, and Ashtanga classes, I did not find my home in any of these practices. Similarly with Baptiste Power Yoga—the physical aspects of the practice appealed to me as a former athlete, but as a former dancer, I felt that an element of artistry, creativity, or emotion was missing.
I was grateful to discover Jivamukti and Prana Flow because it felt like I was finally being given permission to bring music and creativity into my teaching. But it wasn’t until “breaking bad”*—and realizing that having a yoga practice and teaching yoga were not dependent on having one particular teacher or guru—that I finally felt I had arrived “home.”
So I developed my own style of yoga, naming it “Modern Vinyasa.” I now practice and teach the style with only one “rule” in mind—that while I will always incorporate aspects of what I’ve learned and continue to learn from more traditional styles of yoga, I also will not be afraid to put a vibrant, playful, relatable, and/or fast-paced spin on those teachings.
Each time I feel that I should revert back to the “safety zone” and teach a more conventional or well-known style of yoga, I turn on this playlist and remind myself to challenge authority by trusting my own voice and intuition.
Whether you teach yoga, have a strong personal asana practice, or simply want something to listen to in the car, I hope this playlist will also encourage you to expand beyond conventions and the preferences of others—in order to trust your intuition and discover your own voice.
I recommend pairing this playlist with a 60-minute fast-paced vinyasa sequence (although there is a little extra music to work with if you want to use it for a 75-minute class). You might consider adding some kundalini-style kriyas during songs two and seven, as I sometimes like to do to challenge my regular vinyasa students to expand their comfort zones.
*No, not the show—"breaking bad" is an old Southern phrase that means to challenge convention.
Lauren Beth Jacobs is a yoga, fitness, and wellness coach who aims to help people to identify fun, realistic ways to integrate healthy practices into their hectic, everyday lives. Find out more about Lauren, from her health and wellness offerings to her favorite gluten-free recipes, and access her free tips for transforming your health, on her website, www.laurenbethjacobs.com.