I LOVE music. And, if you've read anything else that I've written, or know me at all, you know that I also LOVE yoga. Although sometimes it is wonderful to practice yoga in silence, I generally find that pairing the music with the poses can have amazing, inspiring results.
Music proves that we are more than physical beings; music is evidence of our divinity. Historically, music arose from devotional practices in cultures throughout the world. The word ‘Aum’ or Om, has been chanted and shared for the past 4000 years, is believed to be the first sound, the manifested sound of the divine, which can be found in all of creation. Music is esteemed as divine in cultures throughout the world, from India, to Greece, to Africa.
I think I would be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn’t had at least one experience of the healing power of music, whether simply being lifted out of a bad mood by hearing a favourite song or something more profound like hearing the Ave Maria sung at a funeral and truly feeling in your bones the presence of something bigger than yourself.
Music and yoga both provide healing and therapy for undefined and most often unseen ailments. So it stands to reason that bringing these two therapies together has the potential for creating a pretty powerful experience.
I love creating a musical experience to coincide with my yoga classes, and though music without lyrics is often important to maintain an insular state during your practice, I also find that lyrical music can create a deep sense of community, of reflection, or of awareness, depending on the postures, the intention and the flow of the class.
Although it was difficult to pare it down to just 10 artists, here are a few of my current favourites, in no particular order, for your listening and practice pleasure:
Snatum Kaur is simply beautiful music. I was first introduced years ago while at a solo yoga retreat in Costa Rica. We chanted Gobinday Mukunday and I was so moved by the experience that it’s remained as one of those defining moments in my yoga practice