Music Love

Music Love

Music Love


J Miles - Music Love Article

For many, music is a big part of their yoga practice. In our previous issue, we interviewed NYC yoga teacher Sheri Celentano about creating playlists for her classes, and her love of music. In this issue we invited Sheri to share with us three teachers who inspire her, and share what music means to them. You can also check out the playlists they have shared on our website

J Miles - Music Love Article

J Miles 

Can you give me 3 reasons why you use music in your yoga classes?
I was trained at Integral, and they didn’t use music in class at the time. I started using music while teaching yoga at a fitness center. You needed something to drown out the noise from the other parts of the building, like the music from the group exercise classes, and all the random conversations going on right outside the door. So reason number one was out of necessity. Reason number two is the right music creates the bhav, the right mood, and the right mood makes for a great class. Number three: I just like exposing folks to good music. I choose to continue using music because we are in contemporary times, and folks come to asana class not just to connect to their bodies, but to be uplifted as well. Good music does that.

House music and dance is a part of who you are. How do you think this genre (which I love love love too) lends a hand to yoga class? As a teacher and a student?
House music is universal. House is a spiritual thing, and so to me, it lends itself to a spiritual practice. The “Jack Ya Body” moves from the heart, and so it is a heart-based movement. A deep groove will put anyone who hears it into a deeper state of mind. As a student who loves good music with his asana, the beat of house music puts me in rhythm. As a teacher, I wanna love the music I play. And I’m a house head through and through.

The theme of this issue is LOVE. How does love play a part in your musical choices? If you were to base a class with an intention around love, how would that influence your playlist?
I have a playlist dedicated to love. Each song either has love in the title, or love in the lyrics. I’m not talking about dating app love. I’m talking about something you feel in your soul, and makes you shake your head and smile with your eyes closed.

Tell us about your background, your journey into yoga teaching, and how this plays into your musical choices.
I’m a country boy at heart, a true southerner with big city vibes. I am a hippie at my core. I am a truth seeker, and holder of Grandmama wisdom. I grew up in an era where the afro gave way to the geri curl, to boxes and fades, to gumbies, to caesar’s. I grew up listening to gospel, soul, and hip hop, but also rock and roll, and most importantly, my mother singing. My journey, in life and in yoga, started when I realized that I had potential. The music I play is simply a reflection of my life-journey.

Three artists you would love to shout out that you use often for class?
DJ Drez and Marti Nikko, El Buho, Osunlade. You could create a pretty good playlist using these artists.

Do you put any boundaries on what you will or will not play in a class? 
No excessive use of the n-word, the f-word, the p-word, the b-word or the d-word. No over or overtly sexualized lyrics. No violence or killing. Sometimes the curse words are artistic, or reflect how people who love each other speak when the guards are down. I don’t play anything that’s too distracting. I don’t ever want to lose sight of why we showed up to a “yoga” class to begin with.

If you have any advice for a new teacher who wants to use music in their classes, what would it be? 
Know your audience. My Ayurveda teacher Anjali Sunita has this saying: “For who and when”. The genres do matter. Otherwise, find music you love that makes you feel something, and share that. Also, make your playlist a little shorter than the actual class length. This will give you space for any dharma talk, and allow you to begin and end in silence.

Ashish Arora

Ashish Arora 

Can you give me 3 reasons why you use music in your yoga classes?                                                                                                                                                                I find most people take the poses (just like their life) a little too seriously. Nothing wrong with being serious, but I want them to realize that it is a choice they make. Taking classes with music makes me want to dance—sometimes even do. I want to open my classes to people in a similar way; it can help build a rhythm to the flow. I love classes that slowly lift you up, feel alive and then start to draw you back inwards towards the end, to reflect.

The theme of this issue is LOVE. How does love play a part in your musical choices? If you were to base a class with an intention around love, how would that influence your playlist?
Self-love is very much an aspect of seeking a connection within. I would bring in a little more upbeat music leading into some which might lead them towards finding a light within.

Share with us your background, your journey into yoga teaching, and how this plays into your musical choices.
The music I grew up to definitely influences the music I choose to play in my classes now. I usually play more Sanskrit music or classical with a few Bollywood songs thrown in, and I rarely play contemporary English songs. I grew up in India with Hindi as my mother tongue, and I grew up listening to Bollywood and Indian classical music. I grew up to yogic philosophies and the scriptures, and I had 5 years of schooling in Sanskrit. I only ever did a limited amount of asana in elementary school. I moved to the US when I was 24, and worked as an engineer in the tech world.  and my very sedentary job brought me to Austin, Texas. After having my second child, I realized that I needed to start taking better care of my health if I wanted to be a supportive dad. I worked at Nintendo at the time, and they had just built a new building with a gym. Once I started power yoga classes there, I felt really connected back to my culture, and I did a YTT in the same year. I quit tech completely in 2016, and have been a full-time yoga teacher since.

Three artists you would love to shout out that you use often for class?

DJ Drez
Anoushka Shankar
Krishna Das

Any advice for a new teacher who wants to use music in their classes?
Start by thinking about why you want to use music. Think about why you like practicing to music, and remember that it is a yoga class. Consider spaces for silence at times, with a focus on breath. New teachers can feel the need to “choreograph” their sequence exactly to a playlist. Don’t forget that

Julia - Music Love Article

Julia Karp

Can you give me 3 reasons why you use music in your yoga classes? 
I use music to help support my class theme and create a perceptible mood. Some days I’ll focus on a particular genre (usually funk, jazz, r&b, house) and other days it’s a mix of whatever I’m vibing to! In a vinyasa class, I use the playlist to evoke a feeling that can transcend the physical practice— – this is what yoga is all about. Music has the ability to shift energy, draw awareness to certain feelings, and create a collective experience. Yoga and music are cathartic, and together they can create a significant emotional release! 

You teach different movement modalities. Do they each influence what your musical choices are like for each class?
I mostly teach power vinyasa, restorative vinyasa, and HIIT Pilates. When I’m planning a class, I typically start with the playlist and let it determine the movement. For yoga, I’ll choose mostly ambient, beat-based tracks to induce a state of trance, and for fitness classes I go all out hip-hop, Latin trap, soca, dance pop, you name it! Anything to stay moving and stay motivated. 

The theme of this issue is LOVE. How does love play a part in your musical choices? If you were to base a class with an intention around love, how would that influence your playlist?
If I am teaching a class with lots of heart opening postures, I’ll usually throw in a couple of ‘80s classics (think Foreigner “I Wanna Know What Love Is”) or something recognizable. There is no harm in getting a little corny, especially during fiery moments of class! Normally, I’m not so heavy on the lyrics, but there are too many great love songs out there that can really embellish the theme. 

Tell us about your background, your journey into yoga teaching, and how this pays into your musical choices.
I started practicing the Sivananda style (no music, go figure) on a stay in South India. My first 200-hour teacher training was in bhakti vinyasa, which focused on the Yoga Sutras, followed by power vinyasa which is more fitness-based. I live in Brooklyn, New York, but have traveled all over for training and teaching gigs, picking up new artists and genres along the way. My music library is primarily NOT in English, and I find that suitable for most yoga playlists. While most western practitioners will not connect with chanting Kirtan, I think the right music (powerful, melodic, instrumental) can produce the same “high”. 

Three artists you would love to shout out that you use often for class?
Sault, Mo Horizons, Manu Dibango – I’ll play any song they’ve ever recorded. Some music was meant for yoga. 

Any advice for a new teacher who wants to use music in their classes?
Play what you love! Students will notice when a song is chosen with love and intention. My music choices have led to so many post-class conversations with students who share the same passion for great tunes, and I will always throw in an ‘Easter egg’ of a song or two for those I know are listening. Music is one of the best ways to connect with others, so don’t be afraid to show who you are.





To celebrate the release of our print issue themed LOVE, we reached out to our amazing community to share with us a few thoughts on love. This week we celebrate Sewall House in Maine and founder  Donna (Amrita) Davidge. Sewall House was recently ranked #2 by USA Today readers in the top 10 best yoga retreats in the U.S., as part of its 2023 Best Reader’s Choice Awards. The historic Sewall House was built in 1865, where Donna Davidge’s great grandfather, William Sewall, taught Theodore Roosevelt the wonders, beauty, and healing attributes of nature.  Pick up your free copy of Yoga Love Magazine at Sewall House today!

Share with us what you love about what you do:
I love seeing people deep dive into their mind, body and breath, connect and communicate and heal on a DEEP level.

Share with us what you have learned about LOVE:
What I have learned about LOVE is that it is the MOST important energy in life period, whether at work or play. Sewall House is blessed to have a team of LOVING karma yogis who understand the love you receive from selfless service to others self growth.

What inspired you to support Yoga Love Magazine?
I support those of us who offer yoga from a place of sincere caring to communicate and share the wonders of yoga. We know you do that and we LOVE what you share!!! Thank you for BEING and for offering all you do to the world- making us aware of other practitioners through your magazine. We are all in this together!






If you could write a love letter to where you live, what would it say? Have you lived in the same place your whole life or did you move during the pandemic and find a new home? We asked some of our yogi friends living all around the country to share with us what they love about where they live. We wanted to know about the wellness scene, the foodie scene and anything else they loved and wanted to share. Meet Jeff Bell from Renegade Yoga Center as he shares his love letter to East Tennessee with us.

Dear East Tennessee,
What a bewitching region you are! I fled you many moons ago for bright lights and big dreams, achieving more than I ever imagined and falling prey to traps of a fast life. I returned to you humbled and obliged to assist in caring for my aging mother. The life you have unfolded for me is nothing short of a miracle. A visit to Renegade Yoga Center three years ago resulted in innumerable gifts. One class led to a part-time job at the front desk for two years, and then a managerial role. I am now part owner, I completed our RYT 200 in 2022, and am currently enrolled in our RYT 300. I have gained trusting partners, deep friendships, and a life I never imagined. Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, your charms are at once ironic, elusive, and seductive. Clever of you to have birthed three national laboratories, attracting scientists from all over the world and a major university with enrollment of nearly 30,000. Your wellness and spirit-minded crowd are many, thriving in the endless activities of the outdoors, hiking, and cycling your mountains and paddling your vast streams and rivers. You provide us a vital calendar of sport, art, culture and music. In valleys near, simpler folk remain entrenched in lives learned from ancestors, reaping the land, at odds with the modern. In great part, we are politically and socially divided, striving to coexist, and we do. I shall stay awhile. 

So much love,

Renegade Yoga Center

Absolutely the most beautiful practice space in the region. It’s a place where all are welcome to practice and learn on all levels. Lead instructor and partner Philip Clift sets the pace as Renegade offers an incredibly talented roster of instructors and massage therapists. There is a thriving curriculum of workshops, and the teacher training program is unparalleled. It’s a vibe!


Conveniently located halfway between the studio and my home, I find myself at this eatery a few days a week. The food is fresh, tasty, and authentic. Founder Bettina Hamblin cites her family meals growing up as the impetus for her passion. I especially love the brussels sprouts and the ever-changing burrata bowl. Half-priced appetizers throughout the week from 4-6pm are a big draw. The casually elegant atmosphere is always welcoming.

Honeybee Coffee & Brewery 

With four locations, this local roaster offers delicious brew and treats. Owner Norris Hill offers up a full slate of hot and cold drinks with a wide array of milk types, flavors, and sweeteners. The honey lavender latte is a favorite. You can also find a delicious assortment of bakery fare and sandwiches. This ever-expanding business is one to watch. Buzz on over to Honeybee!

The Tennessee Theatre

Built in 1928, this former movie palace is the official state theater of Tennessee. It’s a magnificent tribute to the art of show featuring a fantastic array of musical performers, Broadway touring companies, ballet, symphony and any other type of staged entertainment you can imagine. A $25 million renovation and restoration has cemented it as a world-class entertainment venue. The grand Wurlitzer organ is still played on Mighty Musical Mondays and you can still see movies there! It’s the crown jewel of downtown Knoxville.

Five Thirty Lounge

Situated atop the Hyatt Place Hotel in a 100-year-old building in downtown Knoxville, this stylish and sexy indoor/outdoor cocktail lounge features a great menu of delicious appetizers and spectacular views. It’s a great place to meet a friend or gather a group for a special occasion. Mountain and river views accentuate this spectacular setting.

Cruze Farm Dairy

Fresh churned ice cream from a local dairy is a special treat. With a flavor selection changing daily and an array of cone dips and toppings, there is always something to suit every palate. With four locations, there’s never one too far away. 

Lakeshore Park

Originally owned by the Cherokee tribes, the land of this public park is located along the banks of the headwaters of the Tennessee River. For years, it served as home to a mental health institute. Now a public resource with many event lawns, walking paths, sporting fields and a fantastic children’s playground, it’s a great place to visit on a sunny day to walk, picnic, meet up with friends, or just lay on a patch of green grass and watch the clouds float by. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The most visited national park in the United States drew over 14,000,000 visitors last year and is situated on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Thousands of miles of trails and hundreds of streams and waterfalls provide endless beauty and recreation. Home to a myriad of plant and animal life, it is a vast and precious natural resource which is carefully cared for and protected by the National Park Service.

Dollywood…and Dolly!

Dolly Parton is likely the most widely-known entertainer in the world. Born of humble beginnings in Sevierville, TN, she has built a career and body of work that is unmatched. In 1986, Dolly purchased what had begun as a small railroad attraction in 1961 and has grown it into Tennessee’s most visited entertainment venue. The park features multiple shows and some thrilling amusement park rides. She has created an empire employing many of her own family members and thousands of locals contributing greatly to the economy of the region. She loves us and we love her! Dollywood is almost as much fun as she is.

Lash & Brow Love

Lash & Brow Love

Lash & Brow Love

By: LouLou Piscatore

Tal Shpantzer


Briana Halm


Natalie Mauney
Shanna Ossi
Bre Scullark

I am in lash extension recovery. After about three years of continuous use, I made an unwelcome pandemic discovery. My own lashes had suffered. They were short, sparse, and in a word, sad. So I did some research. Apparently, the added weight of the extensions can stress the hair follicles and shift them into a premature shedding cycle. Over time, this can result in shorter, finer lashes. I immediately swore off extensions and began lash rehab.

You may have experienced the same thing with your eyebrows, which thin as you age. It’s tempting to try microblading, but it cuts the skin to deposit pigment. Over time, this can permanently damage your skin and kill your existing hair follicles. It can even lead to infection and permanent scarring.

The good news is that there are easier, healthier, and more cost-effective alternatives. You can condition and grow your own lashes and brows with a little help. Eyelash serums hydrate and condition the lash hair and stimulate the follicles to grow by keeping them in the growth phase. Eyebrow serums strengthen and moisturize the brow hair, prevent fallout, and improve growth. Just a heads up – It takes about a month to see results, and about 3-4 months for dramatic growth, but they do work! Apply daily, and preferably at night on clean lashes and brows to give the serums plenty of time to absorb.Have patience, it took about 4 months for me to see a big difference, but now my lashes and brows have never been fuller or healthier.

If your lashes and brows are at their best, you really don’t need much else during the summer months (maybe some lip gloss). To get you started, here are some of our favorite lash and brow serums. For more lash and brow products, check out our website

Lash & Brow Love


Joy Beauty: Joy Brow and Lash Rejuvenator

InstaNatural: Eyelash Enhancing Serum

The Ordinary: Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum

RapidLash: Eyelash Enhancing Serum

Pureauty Naturals: Biotin Eyelash Serum

Lash & Brow Love


Ginger Beauty: Gingel

Joy Beauty: Joy Brow Tinted Brow Gel

Revitalash Cosmetics: Revitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

Lash Spell: Brow Spell Enhancing Eyebrow Serum

Wen by Chaz Dean: Botanical Brow Enhancing Serum



The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Book by: Lara Land
Review by: Tashya Knight


Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma affects many of us in a variety of ways. It can often live in our bodies for years without getting the help it needs or given the space to heal. When we enter a room at any given time, we never know the stories behind the faces looking at us and this applies to the yoga classroom as well. Yoga can be a space for connection between the body, mind, and spirit along with a place to heal if we allow it. Or it can be another mindfield to navigate. The difference can come from the teacher at the front of the room.

Lara Land understands this and with her new book, The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, she has created a manual for yoga teachers to be more mindful in creating the environment in their classrooms and their teaching.

The first part of this book deals with defining an understanding of trauma and how it can show up, encouraging us to build an awareness for what we might see and how we can use yoga to soften the trauma response. “The way that yoga aids a trauma survivor in self understanding and rebuilds the foundation for trusting personal instincts cannot be overstated. Once the nervous system is slowed down and much of the stress is released from the body, students become conscious of their thoughts and disentangling the misleading stories their minds are telling them. They begin to get more trustworthy information from the mind-body system. Survivors begin to trust themselves again.” 

She then goes on to say,“Only when a student can trust the information they are receiving from their own mind-body system can they reestablish and trust new, healthy boundaries. Boundaries are the best form of self care. They allow us to focus on what the body and mind need to flourish, rather than what other people think we need or what other people need from us”

After this insightful explanation, the next couple chapters focus on building a trauma informed classroom, and becoming a skilled trauma informed teacher. Lara uses practical knowledge and supplies a list of techniques yoga teachers can add to their toolbox around language and environment including how to structure the rhythm of the class. She addresses avoiding triggering poses and how to manage silence and meditation. We are also provided with a helpful list of the ten key factors that ensure security in a yoga class and how we can ensure each one on the list is built in.

We then move into the second part of the book which includes detailed descriptions with pictures of 4 trauma informed yoga sequences using a chair and other props. This section includes reasoning for certain poses and how to layer the class. This is a comprehensive section taking up half of the book and is vital to understanding how a trauma informed class can be planned and come together. 

After reading this guide, the teacher is left with a better understanding of trauma, encouraged to explore and do their own work, plus sequences and poses they can work with to build their own class that is welcoming and open to all students no matter the level or trauma they may be dealing with in their lives.