The Top 3 Yoga Music Artists
Using music for yoga and meditation is a practice that is not foreign to eastern traditions and seekers of the divine. Kirtan, bhajans and the chanting of mantras are all yogic methods to uplift the spirit and heighten the state of consciousness. The concept of sound can be a powerful tool for the mind and there are several yoga music artists who create wonderful music to inspire spiritual growth and awareness.
“Music is the medium for expressing emotion. Music kindles love and infuses hope. It has countless voices and instruments. Music is in the hearts of all men and women.”
— Swami Sivananda
Everything in the universe is energy. Energy creates vibrations and vibrations create sound. Hence energy exists in music. And music has been used by seers and yogis for thousands of years in their journeys to enlightenment. Whether it is the harmonious vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls, the comforting rhythm of waves lapping up against warm shores or the mesmerizing notes of a sitar, it is evident how quickly the human mind can absorb sound and instantly settle into a place of stillness.
By regularly meditating on music, you can become more sensitive to the deeper sounds and vibrations of your own body. This is the concept behind the spiritual practice of Nada Yoga. Translated as the “union through sound,” it is an ancient science and art of meditating on sounds to achieve inner transformation.
People who routinely practice Nada Yoga are not only profoundly in touch with their own vibrations, feelings and states of mind, but also become sharply aware of other people’s auras, emotions and energies. They hone their ability to listen, think clearly and use intuitive powers when interacting with others.
Using Music for Yoga
One of the main causes for the great debate on whether or not music should be used in yoga classes is simply because each person responds to sound differently. Some teachers may use music that is unsuitable for a particular student. Moreover, they might play the music at the wrong time or at an inappropriate volume. They also might select music with energy that inadvertently creates distraction, oppression, tension or speed, instead of quiet reflection and tranquility. Basically, what works for one may not work for another.
Remember that the ultimate playlist is the sound of your own breathing.The point of using music for yoga is to create a mood, generate positive vibrations and encourage grace while holding and moving through asanas (yoga postures). When used, it should be only instrumental, without the complexity or distraction of words, beats, rhythms or voices. It should be played at a low volume and should complement the session, rather than overpower it. And finally, it should consist of sounds that are pleasing to the ear and that invoke a sense of stillness and serenity.
Remember that the ultimate playlist during a yoga class is the sound of your own breathing. So if you do decide to use music, make sure that it is not louder than the sound of your breath.
The following are Body Mind Light’s top three artists, whose music can be used during yoga to create an ambience of peace and to gently encourage the mind into a state of relaxed concentration.
Much of Llewellyn’s music is inspired by his Celtic heritage and by his work as a Reiki / crystal healing practitioner. Albums such as “Tai Chi,” “Buddha Gold,” “Journey to the Temple” and “Reiki” are soft, neutral and calming and create a tranquil environment.
2. Christopher Buckman
Soothing instruments together with sounds of nature, such as waterfalls, oceans, rainforests, mountains, dolphins and whales are prominent in many of Christopher Buckman’s albums and provide a suitable ambience for the practice of yoga and meditation.
For those who prefer slightly more rhythmic and structured music, Levantis offers a wide selection of albums while still inspiring peace, relaxation and concentration.
What are your thoughts on using music in your practice of yoga? Are there any specific artists that you prefer? Leave your comments and experiences below.
This was so interesting to read! I’ve just recently gotten into the practice of meditation – still very much a beginner! But this is awesome information to have. I’ve also definitely been wanting to start yoga more regularly, so I will keep your information in mind whether I’m practicing at home or searching for classes. Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it Kenzie! Happy practising!
I like to use music for all my workouts, including Yoga. It can really take the workout to the next level. I will have to look into some of these artist you recommended!
Please do, I’m sure you will enjoy it!
I loved this post! In the last year, I have begun to practice yoga. I just never thought to put music with it! Thank you for recommending some musical artists whose music will work well with meditation and yoga! Now, all I have to do is find the time to do it more often!
Enjoy your practice Suzi. Hope the music complements it well.
Thank you for writing this post! I think it is hard to find good music to listen to while practicing yoga (especially if practicing at home rather than at a studio) because most music you search online has lyrics or has so many rhythm changes that it really causes a lot of distraction. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of two of the artists you mentioned, so I am excited to give them a listen and try it out! I felt relaxed even just listening to the first minute of the video you attached here, so I’m curious to listen to several of your other recommendations as well. Thanks for the tips!
You’re welcome Audrey!
and I always thought yoga was supposed to be done in silence! Having some suitable music on in the background will enhance the meditation. Thank you for this very interesting post x
I have to agree what others have said. Never have heard of music in a yoga class. I must confess I’ve only had one class in my life. I must make room for more. Thanks for this:)
I’ll have to check out these artists! While I don’t do yoga per se, I do daily stretches and meditation—listening to meditative music while doing so. My favorite artists I currently listen to are: Snatam Kaur and Jens Gad
Yes, those are wonderful artists, thanks for sharing Dawn!
Music for yoga. Yes, I agree it would be tough to find music suitable but once you did, you would be in nirvana!! so it is certainly worth the search. Thank you so much for this article. I like your site, layout, pictures and all. Very beautifully done!!
Oh, thank you Brent!
Very interesting! I’m used to practicing with no music playing, but I think I might check out the artists you mentioned. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!