In case the marathon playlist of XX’s “Intro” is no longer cutting it, you can now listen to yoga-fied versions of your favorite Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and Slipknot songs. System of a Down? A Perfect Circle? Madonna? Yoga Pop Ups has them all. And when we say them all, we mean everything from your expected Phish and Bob Marley to the discographies of Disney, Lady Gaga, Blink-182 and Nirvana. Hair metal power ballads and the latest pop hits are all re-imagined for yoga. It’s almost too amazing and ludicrous to believe.
Yoga Pop Ups is actually not that new, and some longtime fans may remember their classic albums such as Yoga to Gwen Stefani & No Doubt, Yoga to Linkin Park, and who could forget the Yoga Tribute to Pantera. Delving into their catalogue there are so many more tunes you maybe never knew existed (and perhaps wish never did.)
According to Yoga Pop Ups, “Albums designed for yoga are great and often enhance the experience but after a few listens they can became monotonous.” So they rerecorded your favorite music as instrumentals as “an alternative to your garden variety ‘music to yoga to’ tapes,” in order to “enhance the yoga experience.”
We’ve got to admit, nothing enhances our yoga experience like listening to the yogariffic versions of Disney’s “Let It Go” and Scorpion’s “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” followed by the sweet melodic masterings of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” gone through the New Age machine. While most of the faster, rockin’ songs are slowed down to be almost unrecognizable, the twinkly, ethereal sounds of synthesized xylophone are weirdly pleasant for some of the slower tracks.
The Beatles tribute isn’t too bad because those songs could last through a musical apocalypse, and the tribute to Switchfoot would make a lovely lullaby album for your wee ones’ nap time. Or your nap time — let’s be honest, you might fall asleep playing through all the tracks. Kidding aside, if you haven’t poured through the insanely vast catalogue of Yoga Pop Ups we invite you to join us down the rabbit hole. Just be sure to leave a breadcrumb trail so your friends can find you again.
This one is actually quite appropriately melancholy:
And some of them just work in a super eerie way: