You must YOGA before you YOLO

10942566_10102420792085220_7594903331089636108_nHappy Wednesday folks! This week I will be retaining my usual format of giving you some good music to listen to while I ramble on about whatever is interesting to me at the time. This time I’m going to talk about another one of my favorite obsessions – yoga. This week’s set is the first installment of yet another series, YOGA and YOLO (I know, when will this kid stop introducing new series and just focus?!). Each of these sets are designed for my favorite yoga instructors to play in their classes. These posts were originally intended to be Christmas presents for my favorite instructors, however due to a combination of bad equipment, lack of skill on my part, and moving to the San Fransisco Bay Area, these are slightly tardy. Sorry and Merry Christmas Conor!!

If you live in Chicago, check out one of Conor MacDonald’s sculpt classes at Corepower Yoga, you won’t regret it. If you are already a seasoned Corepower Sculpter, I hope that you hear this in class soon! Regardless, it’s my hope that this post will be your inspiration to check out a class. I can personally say that my yoga practice has been one of the single most positive lifestyle changes I have ever made. So happy listening and namaste…

YOGA and YOLO – Conor Sculpt (3/18/2015)

Tracklist

  • 1 – Daniel Fernandes – After All
  • 2 – Tough Love – Love & Happiness
  • 3 – Lika Morgan – Gone Tomorrow
  • 4 – Syn Cole – Bright Lights (The Voyagers Remix)
  • 5 – Disclosure – When A Fire Starts to Burn
  • 6 – Antonio Giacca – Alright
  • 7 – Monkey Safari – Watching the Stars
  • 8 – Kaskade – Sorry
  • 9 – Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz – I Can’t Understand
  • 10 – Mineo – Get Out Fight
  • 11 – Fashion Lioness – If I Leave You
  • 12 – Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz
  • 13 – Galimatias & Alina Baraz – Drift

Why Yoga?

A friend of mine recently asked me about my growing obsession with yoga and how it compares to working out in a gym. I cited 4 ideas that I would like to share:

1. I find that gyms are pretty douchy and awkward. Bunch of half naked people being super self conscious and pretentious. A yoga studio is totally different. It’s all super high quality people and the atmosphere is incredibly accepting, encouraging, and positive. After having moved to a new town where I didn’t know anyone, I found that the fastest friendships that I formed were in the yoga studio. In contrast, I can’t think of having made a single friend at a traditional gym and I’ve been going on and off for 15 years!!

2. It’s not just a workout of specific muscle groups. There is focus on whole body strength. Cardio, isometric holds, strength, and flexibility of the whole body.

3. I find that it’s good for my inner peace of mind. Because they focus on breathing and mindfulness before and after the workout, you come into a yoga studio with all of your bullshit of the day and you leave the yoga studio at peace.

4. I think that people who work out in more traditional ways measure their progress in superficial ways. How much can they bench press? How far can they run? How high can they jump? With those sorts of metrics for success it’s really easy and tempting to compare yourself to other people and that is a bullshit thing to do. Everyone is different. With yoga, the metric for success is so much more introspective. I can only really compare myself to my previous self. I can personally say that I am much better off as a yogi.

About the set

With that out of the way, let’s go into some detail about the set you’re listening to. Every time I post one of these, I’ll also give a bit of detail about which songs correspond to which parts of the yoga sequence. I actually take the time to perform the entire sequence when I do my track selection and transitions to make sure that each track fits in nicely with the mood and tempo of each piece. I try to hide tempo changes in buildups and I occasionally leave a bit more naked beat in between certain sections in an effort to leave time to towel off and grab water in between portions of the sequence.

  • 00:00 – 03:00 – Integration – Daniel Fernandes – Afterall
  • 03:00 – 07:30 – Sun Salutations A – Tough Love – Love and Happiness
  • 07:30 – 12:30 – Sun Salutations B – Lika Morgan – Gone Tomorrow
  • 12:30 – 17:00 – Floor Series – Syn Cole – Bright Lights (Voyagers Remix)
  • 17:00 – 20:00 – Squats 1 – Disclosure – When A Fire Starts to Burn
  • 20:00 – 25:00 – Cardio 1 – Antonio Giacca – Alright
  • 25:00 – 25:30 – Water & Towel Transition
  • 25:00 – 30:30 – Right Side Sculpt – Monkey Safari – Watching the Stars
  • 30:00 – 35:45 – Left Side Sculpt – Cardio 2 – Kaskade – Sorry
  • 35:45 – 35:15 – Water & Towel Transition
  • 35:15 – 40:00 – Cardio 2 – Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz – I Can’t Understand
  • 40:00 – 45:00 – Gluts, Chest (Floor) – Mineo – Get Out Fight
  • 45:00 – 49:00 – Floor Core – Fashion Lioness – If I Leave You
  • 49:00 – 54:10 – Surrender & Cool Down – Pete Rock – Pete’s Jazz
  • 54:10 – 58:02 – Final Shavasana – Galimatias & Alina Baraz – Drift

Wrapping up

If someone in Chicago or the Bay Area wants to volunteer to take a few short videos of me actually performing the sequence while I make these sets, I’d be happy to post them with future postings so you can try them at home. You can shoot me a message at imjustinbraun@gmail.com. I welcome any honest feedback, comments, suggestions, or song requests. Until next time!