Kathleen Hanna being awesome

Kathleen Hanna being awesome

I listen to a lot of music, and my favorites are usually female vocalists. I feel like I can relate to these singers more so than their male counterparts. This isn't a bad thing--it's just a thing. 

Throughout my yoga teaching career, I've been told to try to switch my playlists up--moving from female singer to male singer to female to male, etc. Sometimes this works. I like a lot of Radiohead, Wilco, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens (all male singers). However, my favorites, and the bands/people I gravitate towards are: Portishead, Fiona Apple, Maia Vidal, The Blow, Gossip, Le Tigre, Cocorosie, Bjork, etc.

But then I'm told I could potentially "alienate" some of my students (male) if I only play music with female vocalists, to which, 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 lady-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.

Check out my most recent Power Flow playlist below. Would it "alienate" you? Why/why not?

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