Today I went to the ’American Idiot’-themed yoga class at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side (86th and 3rd).  The class was $30 and all proceeds went to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  All participants were given a copy of the OBCR as well.  When I heard that there was going to be a union of two of my favorite things, and that I was actually available to go, I was ecstatic but confused.  What songs by Green Day were appropriate as a soundtrack for practicing yoga?  

I’ve done yoga 4-6 times per week using Yoga Journal podcasts since mid-January, but it’d been a while since I’d taken an actual class.  I paid, put my things in a cubby near the main desk and walked into the room where the class would take place and heard a version of “When I Come Around” played by wind chimes over the sound system, and then a similar version of “Good Riddance.”  I chatted up the instructor about where she found these versions and she said on iTunes, and then she said I could have the CD after.  Sweet!

The class was a great work out and really perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon.  The room was warmly lit and exuded a sense of relaxation.  The music, surprisingly, fit right in.  I fixed some of the problems that I’d apparently run into in my last year of practice, as well as some things that I didn’t know I was doing wrong.  At times I found myself paying too much attention to the music though, running through the lyrics in my head and almost falling over in a three-legged down dog.  The set list was as follows:

  1. When I Come Around (from Rockabilly Baby! Lullaby Versions of Green Day)
  2. Good Riddance (from Rockabilly Baby! Lullaby Versions of Green Day)
  3. When It’s Time (American Idiot OBCR)
  4. Basketcase (acoustic version covered by a woman, not sure who!)
  5. Before the Lobotomy (OBCR)
  6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (OBCR)
  7. Last Night on Earth (OBCR)
  8. 21 Guns (OBCR)
  9. Give Me Novocaine (OBCR)
  10. Whatshername (OBCR)
  11. When I Come Around (original album version)
  12. Wake Me Up When September Ends (OBCR)
  13. When It’s Time (BJA’s album version)
  14. Good Riddance (original album version)
  15. When I Come Around (Rockabilly Baby!)

It turns out that there’s a lot of appropriate music by Green Day to practice yoga to.  I told the studio directors that they should teach the class once a week, and hopefully someday they (or someone else) will.  The work out, of course, was amazing too.  

You can purchase the Rockabilly Baby! album here, and the American Idiot cast recording here.  Apologies for the crappy photo – it was taken on my blackberry.

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