[This is an update on this post]
I love music, who doesn't? One of my favorite things to do is make playlists, especially for my yoga classes. I like sharing new and old sounds with people. I gravitate towards mostly women-identified musicians, and I didn't know this was a potential "issue" when teaching yoga, but apparently it is.
At a former studio I taught at, I had to take a "workshop" on how to create a good playlist for a yoga class. I could have taught the damn thing, because in my teacher training, we had a whole day devoted to this--also, it's not that complex.
The woman who led the workshop said that, by playing only women-identified musicians, I was potentially alienating my students. I tried to hide my eye-roll. Her suggestion was to switch it up--dude singer, grrrl singer, dude singer, grrrl singer, etc. That just seems forced, tokening, and unauthentic--everything yoga is NOT supposed to be.
I didn't follow her suggestions.
So when I'm told I could potentially "alienate" some of my students (men) if I only play music with female vocalists, the infamous Bikini Kill lyric comes to mind, "I'm so sorry that I'm alienating some of you/you're whole fucking culture alienates me!" Because, really? If I have dudes coming to my class and they're so offended by my grrrl-friendly playlist, then they need a lesson in feminism AND yoga--and probably life in general.
If you really hate an instructor's music, chances are you'll just tune it out--that's what I've done. I don't think we, as instructors, should be so concerned with pleasing every single person who takes our class. That is impossible, and frankly, something I don't care to do. This city is not hard-up for yoga instructors. Students can find teachers (and their music) that they jive with. You don't like my style, my music, me? Well, lucky for you, there are more yoga instructors than studios here!
Anyways, here is a sample playlist of mine. I hope you enjoy it. Would it alienate you? Why or why not?