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Music… the universal elixir.  It sports the dual powers to both inspire a digging deeper and also usher us into an inner quiet.  In our winters and our summers, through shadow and in light we turn to music for its many healing properties.  This week we invite you to tuck these three tracks into your playlist.  Perfect companions for practice – on the mat or cushion, in the gym or out on a late-January saunter.  Exhale…

Amazing Day.  How did we miss this quiet gem from Coldplay’s 2015, A Head Full of Dreams?  With it’s bright rhythm and timely lyrics, “life is a beautiful crazy design”, the tune will have you swiftly distracted… and perhaps looking for a (slow) dance partner.

Benedictus.  Perfect companion for savasana, or any manner of quiet contemplation.  From 2CELLOS 2013, In2ition.  The opening (haunting) cellos are irresistible and will at once “land” you.  Just gorgeous. What is it about a cello?  What a lush interpretation of a sacred classic!

Il Libro Dell’Amore.  And while on the topic of 2CELLOS and In2ition …  Another beautiful cover from them here. This tune features vocals by Zucchero.  I thought the Magnetic Fields has perfected this one.  Peter Gabriel too did a swell job with it.  But, this cover may just have them both beat.  Again, that cello…

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.