Get in the yoga groove with la musica Latina.
Bruno Mars, Calle 13, Celia Cruz, Rodrigo y Gabriela…they all go with yoga. Yes, yoga! Check out how the spirit of these songs matches the energy of basic yoga poses.
Rodrigo y Gabriela “Diablo Rojo”
1. Standing Poses – Rodrigo y Gabriela’s “Diablo Rojo”
Warrior poses are basic standing poses. Your feet are on the ground and your legs in a wide stance. One knee is usually bent and your arms are lifted. The mindset of the warrior is remaining steadfast while being openly observant for changes. Rodrigo y Gabriela ground you in the lushness of their guitar work while also telling you to keep an eye out for what is coming next. Their music and the warrior poses are both fiery and heat building to keep you at the ready.
Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”
2. Forward Bend Poses – Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”
When you fall forward, you are becoming introspective, slowing down, and listening. You look at yourself with an objective awareness. Bruno Mars might be singing about his girl in this song but the idea of being liked “just the way your are” is in complete alignment with looking at yourself with loving kindness. A yoga teaching that strongly resonates with me is the idea that we are already in our “perfect” pose as long as we are observing with non-judgment and gentleness.
Celia Cruz “La Vida es un Carnaval”
You will often hear that back bends are really heart openers. The poses are about opening and being vulnerable in your throat and heart area. In other words, the places from where you speak and from where you love. Nothing better for opening up to joy than Celia Cruz singing about the beauty in life even amongst the pain. She wants you to know that you are not alone, that you can sing for happiness, and that life will change. Heart opener, carnival fun with La Señora Cruz.
Federico Aubele “Postales”
4. Balancing Poses – Federico Aubele’s “Postales”
Balance is probably one of the best physical movements to perfect as our bodies grow. Keeping your balance might seem like an overly simplified movement but there is risk when you fall physically or mentally. The Argentine tango is all about balance. In virtually every tango move, you are balanced on one foot. It takes two to tango but each person is responsible for holding themselves up.
Alex Cuba “Ruido en el Sistema”
5. Arm Balance Poses - Alex Cuba’s “Ruido en el Sistema”
With arm balances, your hands become the only connection to the ground. Your body is doing a lot of work to stay lifted so you must remain engaged, light, and playful all at once. Alex Cuba sings with all of these qualities. You get the rhythmic playful bounce while his vocal harmony brings lightness. Singing about love and its mystery is similar to the engaged part of the pose; that part that will remind you of commitment in an effort to not let you fall.
Julieta Venegas (with Ana Tijoux) ” Eres Para Mi”
6. Inversions - Julieta Venegas’ (with Ana Tijoux) ” Eres Para Mi”
Going upside down requires faith. With trust and when you believe in your capabilities, you can see the world from a different perspective . In this song, these ladies sing about knowing their perfect love match and the confirmation they get from the wind. Even if you are scared and think the timing is wrong, when you get the message, then go for it and be upside down in love.
Calle 13 “Atrevete Te”
7. Twist Poses – Calle 13′s “Atrevete Te”
Dare yourself. Twists are similar to inversions in that they bring about a new perspective. Instead of going upside down, you are cleansing and clearing out what no longer serves you. Calle 13 is singing about daring yourself to do something different. The hypnotic beat of the cumbia combined with one of the best uses of a clarinet in Latino music makes this all about change and having fun.
Bebel Gilberto “Samba da Benção”
8. Resting Pose – Bebel Gilberto’s “Samba da Benção”
Every class ends with a resting pose where you let your body absorb the teachings from the class. With awareness you can observe all aspects of the experience. Bebel Gilberto sings about creating the perfect samba only when you allow sadness and happiness to coexist. So whether you are creating the “perfect” yoga class or samba, remember to allow both the challenge and the ease of the experience.
At your next yoga class, make a request for any or all of these styles of music to find the energy of nuestro musica in your yoga practice.