We all know that music affects our
emotions, music moves us. Have
you ever noticed the music your
yoga teacher plays?
In yoga we connect with the rhythm
of our breath, and link every
transitional movement to either an
exhale or inhale. Some teachers count the breath out loud, but a good tune in 4/4 time with a steady tempo can get everyone in the room breathing.
The yoga playlist can also set the mood, from calm to intense.
Although sometimes it is wonderful to practice yoga in silence, it is generally found
that pairing music with the poses can have amazing results.
There are some great sites offering downloadable music perfect for practice. These
sites have become popular with yoga teachers due to their ease in creating class
This company features artists such as Deva Premal, Wah!, MC Yogi, Sean Johnson,
and a lot more. You can purchase individual songs and albums, or listen to playlists
by yoga teachers like YJ.com guest blogger Derek Beres and Janet Stone with DJ
Curious what yoga teachers such as Kathryn Budig or Jill Miller listen to when they
unroll their mats? You can check out their custom playlists on OmStream, another
company specializing in music for yoga.
Other sites with a decent selection of yoga music:
Spotify is a subscription streaming site (downloads available with some levels of
subscriptions) that you sign up for through Facebook, allowing you to easily share
The music download store of them all, is where you can download and include on
playlists individual songs by yogi favorites like Krishna Das and Michael Franti.