Music Genres for Yoga and Meditation

Updated on November 7, 2018
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I have been an active advocate of alternative health therapies for 10 years, and I am the author of a book on essential oils.

Yoga Music

Music has become a way of life for most people. Indeed, it affects one's emotion, mood, and mental perspective. It is for the same reason why yoga experts and enthusiasts have utilized this medium in their practice.

In every yoga session, music plays an integral role to the entire experience. To better understand what level of impact it has produced to each yogi during practice, one must simply look at the importance that music has contributed to one's daily life. Aside from serving as a medium that communicates your thoughts and ideas, it also helps to set you in the mood for meditation, which is vital in offering the benefits of each yoga practice.

Depending on the tunes that is produced by the music, it can elicit various emotions and alter your mood immensely. Several Ashrams even have their own designated music to play as yogis begin their practice. The use of music facilitates in an individual's quest to explore the internal self to further heighten the senses. It will therefore make you more aware of the sounds and vibrations coming from the outside world. As you continue on with establishing emotional awareness, you also gradually increase your spiritual consciousness.

Best Types of Music

Every aspiring yogi must be aware that not all types of music are ideal for use in yoga. There are several music elements such as the beat, tune, and instrument used that enable the music to facilitate in the meditative aspect of this practice. Experts also recommend that these music must not have words or lyrics that could distract an individual's attention away from the practice.

To learn more about the best types of music you can use during practice, read further below.

  • Classical Music

If anyone would think of the best music to incorporate into your yoga session, then classical music should be one of those included in your list. It is characterized by the use of instruments that deliver calming and soothing tunes. The best thing about this type of music is that it influences you mentally, such that you are able to stay calm not just on the physical body but it also nourishes your soul. Through this mental and physical relaxation, you can rid of any worries and other thoughts that affect an individual during waking moments. It will therefore enable you to practice yoga and meditation without other thoughts intervening in the process.

You can identify classical music as they are often rendered with the piano as its basic instrument. If you are interested in using classical music for your practice of yoga and meditation, they are easily available in local music stores or online.

Ambient Music

Like classical music, here is another popular type of music that yogis use during practice of meditation. This type of music is characterized with nature sounds and other related relaxing tunes. In some cases, it might even feature sounds made by birds and other natural creatures. Thus, it creates the illusion that you are performing your yoga practice in an outdoor setting that is close to nature and offers serenity, even when you are merely doing it at your home. To further this illusion, you can even close your eyes during meditation as the music plays along in the background. You can just imagine the level of calm and peace it can bring to your internal body!

Zen garden yoga music is one of the most popularly used type of ambient music and it is a great way to relax your body, mind, and soul.

Ethnic Music

This type of music is based on various cultures and ethnicities from all over the world, thus it infuses a lot of spirituality into the tunes and rhythms. One of the most common ethnic music employed during yoga and meditation is traditional Indian music. However, the choice of ethnic music to use during yoga has gotten more diverse today and individual yogis choose their yoga and meditation music based on individual preferences. Some of those ethnic music types that are being explored for use in yoga and meditation include ancient Chinese instrumental music, African rain dance music, North American traditional music, and early Irish culture music.

Of course, there are more options available if you care to explore on them. Depending on from which culture the music is based on, it will utilize varying forms of instruments and can produce different impact on your practice. So, choose wisely!

Yoga Music With Binaural Beat

Binaural beat music is widely used for music therapy, which is one reason why it has been considered as a yoga music. For those who are unfamiliar with this type of music, it is basically consisting of two different frequencies. Then, each beat is directed to each ear so you can create a relaxing and stimulating effect on the brain all at the same time. The beat though is smooth and flowing, while on other cases it might be somewhat similar in characteristic to ambient music that features raw tunes from nature.

This music is beneficial both for your yoga and meditation practice, as well as during music therapy, due to the positive effect on your mental consciousness and your physical state of body. This is highly recommended by experts on individuals doing yoga to cure sleeping disorders and anxiety.

Heavy Metal or Rock Music

Some people might associate yoga with serenity and peace, such that it must only use mild and flowing tunes. But did you know that rock music is also ideal for a yoga practice? Indeed, listening to rock or heavy metal music can also spiritually enlighten you.

Meanwhile, this type of music is ideal in getting you all pumped up for more rigorous and intensive yoga exercises. Aside from incorporating faster beats, rock or heavy metal music for yoga must be played loudly to intensify your yoga exercises. The fact that most heavy metal or rock music are devoid of words or lyrics therefore make it sufficient for yoga practice and meditation. Plus, it provides you with a boost of energy to keep going.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 TheresaAnn


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