A yoga teacher's playlist can either help you drop into your practice, or be a distraction that quickly pulls you out of it. Some students and teachers, swear that no music is the way to go, while others can't fathom teaching or practicing in silence. I appreciate both scenarios, depending on the context.
As a teacher, making a new playlist for class takes a lot of time. Sometimes the music lines up perfectly and I can put together a 75 minute playlist in about 2 hours. Other times, it takes double that. It requires searching and listening to countless songs, which can easily suck you into an iTunes or Soundcloud vortex for hours; and THEN arranging them in an order that will match the arc of your class without any jarring transitions.
I don't think the music I play in my classes is especially original, (I acquire all of it on iTunes or Soundcloud, or by swapping with other teachers); but I do put careful thought (and TIME) into curating a playlist to make it my own. It's part of my work, and it's one way I like to set the tone for my classes.
When students and teachers ask, I'm more than happy to trade songs, artists, albums, etc.; but I don't often share a complete playlist. Today however, I am. Whether it provides you with a soundtrack to practice to on your own, or you decide to use it in one of your classes, I hope you enjoy. It's important that we share with one another, and continue fostering generosity and inspiration in our communities.