Thursday, September 30, 2021


T.D.E yoga playlist Thursday Tunes

What's Up Homies!! I am back with another yoga playlist. This time something a little different. I have been struggling to find my voice as a yoga teacher. I have been comparing myself to other instructors because of their "zen" and I slowly began to complain more. 

My voice is not as soothing as theirs, I don't want to always play chanting and waterfalls in my classes, and my energy is too low or too high.

Instead of staying in a discouraged state, this got me thinking. If I do not want to do it, why do it? My practice is what I make of it. I need to stop comparing myself to others, find balance, and loosen up. 

I was in a funk and I knew I needed to do something about it before it festers into something larger. I decided to take time for myself the best way I knew. That involved a dope-ass playlist and hitting the mat.  I felt that if I was going to let loose in this yoga sequencing, music had to reflect. This playlist was inspired by the one the only Kendrick Lamar. Yes, you read properly. Ya' girl loves Kendrick Lamar. 

Accolades such as Grammy's, Pulitzer Prize, and being named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world have made Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar a household name. His wittiness, soul, funk, and realness of his words have put him in the hearts of many, including me, a Los Angeles native. 


Even though Yoga: T.D.E starts with the sound of crashing waves, it takes you on fifty-five minutes of sampled music greatness. Yes, I could toot my own horn and say greatness. While putting this playlist together I knew I wanted to include Kendrick's labelmates from Top Dawg Ent. such as Jay Rock, Reason and others. 

YOGA: T.D.E  does contain TV-Mature words so you have been warned. Who doesn't love curse words coupled with yoga? I'll wait. 

Speaking of curse words and yoga, I believe this flow and playlist relieved some of the pressure I was placing on myself of being the "perfect yoga teacher". It allowed me to unwind and let go for 60 minutes. I wish that this flow and playlist was the answer to my perfectionism and comparisons but it is not. There is more I have to unpack but I had a break and that matters to me. 


Time to levitate, let your hair down, and stop the show with this 60-minute power yoga flow. Inhale, fill up... Exhale, release... NAMASTE HOMIE. 


Tikima Renee is a fitness professional who loves music. After years of making playlists for a variety of fitness formats, she decided to share her playlist with her homies. 

Being in a funk lead me to curate this g-funk, T.D.E-inspired playlist. I hope you enjoy it. Want to hear more? Follow me on Spotify. I would love to know if you are interested in the yoga flow that accompanied this playlist. 


Tikima Renee