Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of the famous sitar player Ravi Shankar. I picked up her album Rise (2005) for $2 at a Goodwill store in Santa Monica, and since then, various songs off this CD have repeatedly made their way into my yoga mixes. Shankar’s music is a blend of traditional Indian music with some more modern flair (apparently, Anoushka is a big fan of electronic music). This is, at least for me, the perfect sort of music for the yoga classes that I teach, which tend to be a blend of traditional Ashtanga poses with a more modern and perhaps distinctly American twist on the yoga practice.
I particularly enjoy tracks 1, 4, and 6 on Rise for doing yoga, although all of the tracks are great in my opinion. I can’t say whether or not any of Shankar’s other recordings are worth picking up (Rise has received the most praise, from what I can tell), but it’s definitely at least worth picking up this one album to add to your music collection.