The Haunting Melody: A Cello Playlist

About a year ago, I was introduced to the hauntingly beautiful cello music of local cellist, Gretchen Yanover. Every time I played her music in class, students always wanted to know who the artist was. To this day, her music brings similar responses in classes.

Recently, by way of a Radiolab podcoast, I found another cello player I absolutely adore, Zoe Keating. Her cello music is astoundingly different but with the same haunting beauty that caught be off guard when I first heard it. I have since introduced her music in classes as well and am enjoying sharing this new exploration with students. Below you will find my Cello x’s Deux playlist, perfect for everything from a gentle flow to a vinyasa class…not to mention an evening by the fire or in the company of a good book. Enjoy!

Cello x’s Deux Flow
Forest Zoe Keating
Greener Gretchen Yanover
Will Gretchen Yanover
Geometry Of Dreams Gretchen Yanover
Frozen Angels Zoe Keating
Don’t Worry Zoe Keating
Optimist Zoe Keating
Sun Will Set Zoe Keating
Cedar Gretchen Yanover
Sequoia Gretchen Yanover
Nocturne Gretchen Yanover


The Schumann Resonance

8 Limbs Yoga Studios owner, Anne Phyfe Palmer, recently turned me on to a great series of podcasts from Sounds True. These podcasts feature spiritual teachers and pioneers in new thought and have become a regular addition to my walks to and from work.

I talk a lot about sound, for those who know me or have studied with me, I often speak to the importance of sound in our lives. The importance of being in resonance with everything in around you. I love the idea of the fact we’re all working to find harmony with one another.  Recently I listened to an interesting Sounds True podcast featuring sound healer, Alex Theory. In his discussion, he spoke extesnively about something called the Schumann Resonance. In its simplest sense, the Schumann Resonance is the scientifically measurable electromagnetic frequency that naturally pervades and nourishes all life on earth. He uses the example of the rhythmic way in which lightening strikes the Earth, which worldwide, can actually be measure and recorded and found in tune with the Schumann Resonance. It is as if everything on Earth is following this same drum beat, this same vibration, and that we will feel much more harmony and ease in our lives if we can bring ourselves into alignment with this beat.   No matter where we go or what we do, we cannot escape this vibration. It is, in a way, the beat of creation and life on this planet.

Holding this idea in mind, I recently can across the term spanda, a key component of Kashmir Shaivism.   When we speak of spanda, we say that ultimate Reality itself “quivers,” that is, is inherently creative rather than static. To me, the  meeting of these two ideas was so beautiful and simple. It speaks to this beautiful dance we do as human beings, why for so many of us we can find release and expression in movement rather than in stillness. And for myself, even in stillness, I find movement, rhythm, vibration.

To find out more, click here for the full interview with Alex Theory.


Sometimes I feel that I am one singular starling, at other times the flock…and there are breathtaking days when I feel like I am conducting the wavelike movements of the murmuration of starlings.

Where are you finding movement and awe in your life today?