Pop Music for Yoga

October 5th, 2011

I love movie soundtracks, yoga, and Pilates.

Inspired by the mellow “About Her” Malcolm Mclaren version of The Zombies “She’s Not There”  on the Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack and the instrumental cover of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by the The Smiths in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off I am looking for popular music covered in a yoga-class appropriate style for the yoga class I teach once a week.

I know some yogis would frown upon this, and I want to be clear that I am not a professional yogi. I teach a free yoga-Pilates-stretching hybrid class once a week for 45-minutes. It is in a group fitness studio in a busy college wellness center so I like to use music to try to create a yoga-like atmosphere.

In my search, I came across the Yoga Pop Ups on Amazon.com. I like the concept, but not the music. You can download music to yoga to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Morrissey and The Smiths, Sublime, Jimmy Buffet, Journey, Lady Gaga, and Mötley Crüe to name a few. Mötley Crüe? Really?

If you’re interested in doing yoga to Girls, Girls, Girls, check out Yoga Pop Ups on Amazon.com MP3 downloads.

My January Zumba Song List

January 11th, 2010

Happy 2010!

Pa’mayte (Calypso)
ZIN MegaMix15

La Fiesta (Flamenco + Belly Dance / Warm Up)
Zumba Original Soundtrack

Baila Esta Cumbia (Cumbia)
Zumba Megamix 14

Hava Nagila (Traditional)
Zumba Gold

A La Nena Le Gusta (Merengue)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24

Solo Se Vive Una Vez (Rumba Flamenca)
Zumba ZIN Megamix 13

Ritmo Caliente (Quebradita)
Zumba ZIN 22

Kiss Kiss (Belly Dance)
ZIN Megamix 4

Krazy (Hip Hop)
(Pitbull Featuring LiL Jon)

La Morena (Merengue)
Zumba Megamix 14

African Beat (African)
Zumba ZIN 22

Fuego (Cumbia)
Zumba ZIN Megamix 4

Baila Pa Emociona (Calypso)

Me Gusta, Me Gusta (Salsa)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24

Tigy Tigy (Reggaeton/Arabic)
Zumba ZIN Mega Mix 15

Chaiyya Chaiyya (Bollywood)
Bombay Dreams

Drive (Reggae)
50 First Dates Soundtrack

My September Zumba Song List

September 1st, 2009

Tonight, I lead my first solo Zumba class at a local community center. There were seven very nice ladies in the class. I think it’s safe to say we all had a great time and a good workout! Here is the highly successful Rencsi.com Zumba song list that I will be using during the month of September. Enjoy!

I Gotta Feeling – Warm Up
(Black Eyed Peas)

(Las Ketchup)

(Zumba ZIN Megamix 13)

Friday I’m In Love
(Dryden Mitchell – 50 First Dates Soundtrack)

Ça Plane Pour Moi
(Plastic Betrand – National Lampoon’s European Vacation Soundtrack)

Solo Se Vive Una Vez
(Zumba ZIN Megamix 13)

(Daddy Yankee)

(Zumba ZIN Megamix 4)

(Pitbull Featuring LiL Jon)


Run Run Away

Zumbandando Por Un Sueno
(Zumba ZIN Megamix 4)

Tu Mama Y Tu Papa
(Zumba ZIN Megamix 4)

I Know You Want Me/Calle Ocho

Every Breath You Take – Cool Down
(UB40 – 50 First Dates Soundtrack)

Also see My October Zumba Song List.

Best Movie Soundtracks

April 20th, 2009

Last week, American Idol had Quentin Tarantino as a guest and the contestants performed songs featured in movie soundtracks. I could not believe the garbage the contestants picked out of all the wonderful movie soundtracks that exist.

Here are my top ten best movie soundtracks arranged by movie release date:

Urban Cowboy (1980)
1. Hello Texas – Jimmy Buffett
2. All Night Long – Joe Walsh
3. Times Like These – Dan Fogelberg
4. Nine Tonight – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
5. Stand by Me – Mickey Gilley
6. Cherokee Fiddle – Johnny Lee
7. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
8. Lyin’ Eyes – Eagles
9. Lookin’ for Love – Johnny Lee
10. Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance – Bonnie Raitt
11. Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
12. Here Comes the Hurt Again – Mickey Gilley
13. Orange Blossom Special – Gilley’s Urban Cowboy Band
14. Love the World Away – Kenny Rogers
15. Falling in Love for the Night – The Charlie Daniels Band
16. Darlin’ – Bonnie Raitt
17. Look What You’ve Done to Me – Boz Scaggs
18. Hearts Against the Wind – Linda Ronstadt

Valley Girl (1983)
1. Million Miles Away – The Pilmsouls
2. Johnny, Are You Queer? – Josie Cotton
3. Eyes of a Stranger – Payola
4. Angst in My Pants – Sparks
5. Who Can It Be Now? – Men at Work
6. Everywhere at Once – The Plimsouls
7. I La La La Love You – Pat Travers
8. He Could Be the One – Josie Cotton
9. Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs
10. Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime) – The Flirts
11. Fanatic – Felony
12. She Talks in Stereo – Figures, Gary Myrick & The Figures
13. Oldest Story in the World – The Plimsouls
14. School Is In – Josie Cotton
15. I Melt with You – Modern English

Pretty in Pink (1986)
1. If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
2. Left of Center – Suzanne Vega
3. Get to Know Ya – Jesse Johnson
4. Do Wot You Do – INXS
5. Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
6. Shellshock – New Order
7. Round, Round – Belouis Some
8. Wouldn’t It Be Good – Danny Hutton Hitters
9. Bring on the Dancing Horses – Echo & the Bunnymen
10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

Batman (1989)
1. Future – Prince
2. Electric Chair – Prince
3. Arms of Orion – Sheena Easton, Prince
4. Partyman – Prince
5. Vicki Waiting – Prince
6. Trust – Prince
7. Lemon Crush – Prince
8. Scandalous – John L. Nelson, Prince
9. Batdance – Prince

Pure Country (1992)
1. Heartland – George Strait
2. Baby Your Baby – George Strait
3. I Cross My Heart – George Strait
4. When Did You Stop Loving Me – George Strait
5. She Lays It All On The Line – George Strait
6. Overnight Male – George Strait
7. Last In Love – George Strait
8. Thoughts Of A Fool – George Strait
9. The King Of Broken Hearts – George Strait
10. Where The Sidewalk Ends – George Strait
11. Heartland – George Strait

True Romance (1993)
1. You’re So Cool – Hans Zimmer
2. Graceland – Charlie Sexton
3. In Dreams – John Waite
4. Wounded Bird – Charles & Eddie
5. I Want Your Body – Nymphomania
6. Stars At Dawn – Hans Zimmer
7. I Need A Heart To Come Home To – Shelby Lynne
8. Viens Mallika Sous Le Dome – Howard Blake
9. (Love Is) The Tender Trap – Robert Palmer
10. Outshined – Soundgarden
11. Amid The Chaos Of The Day – Hans Zimmer
12. Two Hearts – Chris Isaak

Clay Pigeons (1998)
1. Timebomb – Old 97’s
2. Another Perfect Catastrophe – Firewater
3. Moon over Montana – Jimmy Wakely
4. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tonic
5. Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
6. 1229 Sheffield – The Verve Pipe
7. Almost New – Sara Evans
8. Teach Me About Love – Lyle Lovett
9. Let Your Love Flow – Sister Hazel
10. Stop the Clock – Tonio K.
11. Moody River – Pat Boone
12. Clay Pigeons (The Ballad of Lester Long) – Collapsis

Sliding Doors (1998)
1. Have Fun, Go Mad – Blair
2. Drug Soup – Space Monkeys
3. Turn Back Time – Aqua
4. Good Enough – Dodgy
5. Thank You – Dido
6. Use the Force – Jamiroquai
7. Miracle – Olive
8. On My Own – Peach Union
9. Amateur – Aimee Mann
10. Honky Cat – Elton John
11. Don’t Feel Like Cryin’ – Abra Moore
12. Call Me a Fool – Those Magnificent Men
13. More Love – The Brand New Heavies

50 First Dates (2004)
1. Hold Me Now – Wayne Wonder (original by The Thompson Twins)
2. Love Song – 311 (original by The Cure)
3. Lips Like Sugar – Seal featuring Mikey Dread (original by Echo and the Bunnymen)
4. Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix) – Wyclef Jean featuring Eve (original by The Outfield)
5. Drive – Ziggy Marley (original by The Cars)
6. True – Will.I.Am & Fergie (original by Spandau Ballet)
7. Slave To Love – Elan Atias featuring Gwen Stefani (original by Roxy Music)
8. Every Breath You Take – UB40 (original by Sting and The Police)
9. Ghost In You – Mark McGrath (original by Psychedelic Furs)
10. Friday, I’m In Love – Dryden Mitchell (original by The Cure)
11. Breakfast In Bed – Nicole Kea (original by UB40)
12. I Melt With You – Jason Mraz (original by Modern English)
13. Forgetful Lucy – Adam Sandler

Marie Antoinette (2006)
1. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie And The Banshees
2. Aphrodisiac – Bow Wow Wow
3. What Ever Happened – The Strokes
4. Pulling Our Weight – The Radio Department
5. Ceremony – New Order
6. Natural’s Not In It – Gang Of Four
7. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
8. Kings Of The Wild Frontier – Adam & The Ants
9. Concerto In G – Roger Neill
10. The Melody Of A Fallen Tree – Windsor For The Derby
11. I Don’t Like It Like This – The Radio Department
12. Plainsong – The Cure