Soul Yoga

by Jenny on August 3, 2012

Remember back in June through early July when I was on a huge yoga kick? Yea, so do I. Too bad over the past few weeks my body started to forget those days of flexibility and relaxation. However, in an attempt to change that and to also get the most of my latest race training plan, I did a little research and found a hot yoga studio here in OKC to take advantage of – enter Soul Yoga.


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Soul Yoga has a unique approach to yoga practice that is filled with upbeat music to keep you energized and focused as you move through poses during class.

Here is an example of a class play list from their website:

  • “Secret” – Maroon 5
  • “All Those Pretty Lights” – Andrew Belle
  • “Let the Drummer Kick” – Citizen Cope
  • “Eyes (Extended Mix)” – Kaskade
  • “Good Morning” – Chamillionaire
  • “Work Hard, Play Hard” – Wiz Khalifa
  • “Take Care” – Drake
  • “Ghostwriter” – RJD2
  • “Do You Feel the Love” – Shwayze & Cisco
  • “Some Nights” – Fun.
  • “Heartless” – The Fray
  • “One Life” – James Morrison
  • “Let Him Fly” – Patty Griffin
  • “God is Real” – Krishna Das

This wasn’t what today’s class was set to though – there was some Katy Perry included too – definitely not the yoga tunes I am used to!

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Positives: I felt energized and “into” the entire class and I didn’t have to try to keep my mind and thoughts in the room. The music just allowed me to focus on singing along in my head instead of quizzing myself on which muscles are overactive when you have pronated feet. The upbeat feel of the class made the workout seem more cardio-esqe and a heavy core emphasis is always a positive in my book.

Negatives: Since the class was more upbeat and full of movement, I didn’t get to really explore some poses and get the best stretch offered.

Although the class was different, I enjoyed it and will be going back throughout my time here in OKC.

Question:

Do you prefer a more quiet, meditative yoga class or one with and upbeat, “soul” feeling?

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