Yoga without music is like a car without wheels.
Yoga without music is like a cup without coffee.
Yoga without music is like a canoe without oars.
Yoga without . . . Okay, you get the idea J.
Whether at the studio or home, relaxation music adds an immense amount of calming energy to any yoga experience. I’m surprised it took me this long to write an article about relaxation music as it is so central to my day. So what is relaxation music, anyway?
The role of music in our lives
The role of music in our lives is profound, but like the air we breathe, people overlook its power until they’re deprived of it! Music has the ability to change or alter moods. It also has the potential to sustain our spirits. There’s a reason why they call it a “pep band.” However, sometimes we don’t want our attitude to change, but instead, choose music that reflects our mood. This is probably why Taylor Swift is so famous. People who just experienced a breakup, will binge-listen to Taylor Swift until their ears fall off. I know I did 😉
When it comes to choosing music for yoga, there’s a reason why yoga studios don’t play Creedence Clearwater Revival, and instead opt for a more relaxed genre. I won’t wax lyrical regarding the reasons why relaxation music is essential for yoga. That should be obvious. Instead, I’m going to share some thoughts on what a good relaxation music playlist for yoga looks like.
Here’s what I did to build my yoga playlist: I copied it from my friend. Well, I didn’t COPY it, but I took note of the songs and artists and then purchased the tracks.
I give you permission to do the same J
Here are some of the favorites from my playlist:
Om Namah Shivaya: Deep Yoga Mantra
To Lose Someone
By Taken by Trees
By Leon Bridges
By Nifaj Chag
One Step at a Time
Sun it Rises
By Fleet Foxes
Above the Clouds of Pompeii
By Bear’s Den
Rama—The Spy from Cairo Dub
By Manis Vyas
By Steven Mcnamara
I Need a Forest Fire
By James Blake and Bon Iver
By Glass Animals
Of course, many of you probably have Spotify or Apple Music subsciptions, which present a vast array of relaxing yoga music already curated for your listening pleasure. That being said, I still recommend downloading a playlist to your device. This will come in handy if you ever experience an internet outage or if you desire to do a yoga session in the great outdoors.