The Best Artists on Spotify for Yoga Music
“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, the existence of energy in music. Using music for yoga and meditation is a practice that is not foreign to yogis. Kirtan, bhajans and the chanting of mantras are all yogic methods to uplift the spirit and heighten the state of consciousness.
Whether it is the harmonious vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls, the comforting rhythm of waves on the shores or the mesmerizing notes of a musical instrument, the human mind can absorb sound and easily settle into a place of stillness.
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The use of music for a yoga practice can create the mood, generate positive vibrations and encourage grace within the pause and movement through asanas (yoga postures). When creating a playlist for a yoga class, it should be balanced without the distraction of complex beats and rhythms. It should be played at a volume that compliments the practice without overpowering it. Whether it’s a vinyasa, power or yin class, the music should complement the vibe and intention.
Here are 10 artists on Spotify to help inspire your yoga practice:
DJ Taz Rashid brings a high vibrational energy to any room instantly by mixing the beats and rhythms of Love, Ancient New World, House, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds. His vision is to be a channel to cause the expansion of all those around by tapping into the creative wisdom of the body and allowing them to feel, let go and awaken.
With original chants that are used for meditation, yoga, stress management, massage, and sleep playlists worldwide, Deva Premal & Miten not only model spiritually-conscious living but also share powerful tools for wellness, mindfulness, and personal growth.
Singer/songwriter Trevor Hall realized at a young age that music was more than just a passion – it was his life’s art. He studied classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where he was introduced to the practices of yoga and meditation, which greatly influence his life and his music.
Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music, is imbued with a deep love of Eastern Mysticism. This powerful symbiosis fostered a deep connectivity with his growing fan base and Trevor quickly matured into a leader of the burgeoning conscious musical community.
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East Forest invites patience. Patience, while typically thought of as kryptonite in the instant gratification, hyper-speed world of music and modern life, might just be the medicine we need.
Full of rich bass, introspective soundscapes, the combination of nature, and live instrumentation ranging from a wooden flute to a melodica, East Forest doesn’t just create sound, he creates narrative.
Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired him on the spiritual path he walks today.
Sol Rising’s original soundscapes evoke feelings of inspiration and bliss through an eclectic mix of electronic music, mid-tempo house, chill-trap, ambient and hip-hop.
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Double bassist and composer Garth Stevenson, was raised in the mountains of Western Canada, where nature became his primary inspiration and the common thread between his life and music. His music is informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, beach, desert and other remote locations including Antarctica and Tuva.
Garth Stevenson has been leading Music Meditation Hikes for the past ten years. With his double bass strapped to his back, he leads groups on hikes to beautiful locations in nature where he improvises music that blends and interacts with the natural environment.
Dr. Toast produces dark, beautiful textures, melodies and rhythms fit to welcome the sunrise, while adding just a hint of mischief.
The Human Experience listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats that has been described as the soundtrack to the soul.
Each song is a sonic journey; interweaving psychedelic layers of melody and harmony with organic grooves and international vibes.
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These artists are also worth checking out for your next practice:
Music provides a powerful energy that pulls people together as well as invites them to go deeper within the layers of themselves. While yoga classes and practices without music have their time and place, music can be the perfect pairing with yoga to help enrich the practice and explore emotions.
Looking for playlists? Checkout the playlists I’ve curated to include the artists above (and others) for vinyasa, yin and gentle yoga classes: Yoga Playlists
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