There’s nothing new or innovative about yoga classes accompanied by live or recorded music of all genres. Perennial faves, however, tend to be remixed sanskrit chants, world music, or yoga-centric artists like MC Yogi.
But a radio station in New York City is putting a new twist on the yoga-plus-music phenomenon. WQXR, NYC’s only all-classical radio station, is bringing an exclusively-curated J.S. Bach playlist to yoga studios as part of its Bach 360°Festival, running March 21-31. The playlist apparently “taps into the introspective nature of Bach’s music, a perfect marriage with yoga’s contemplative flow so you can downward dog and sun salute all the way through the Baroque period.”
Two playlists have been created by a certified yoga instructor for practitioners to enjoy in either restorative or vinyasa classes. Participating NYC studios include Yogaworks, Moksha, Upper West Side Yoga and the 92nd Street Y. Find dates, times, classes and playlists on the WQXR website.
If you can’t get yourself to New York City before the end of March, roll out your mat and practice alongside Glenn Gould’s performance of The Aria, from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.”