As a dedicated yogi I’ve noticed that the use of traditional yoga music was about to change. I listened to several yoga playlists, created by yoga teachers.
What did I discover? That many of the teachers used pop music for their yoga classes
I also noticed that only a few yoga artists created something contemporary sounding. They were more composing in the traditional sense.
There are a few exceptions. Find the in my list over Modern Yoga Artists down below.
I figured there was a cap to be filled. And I wanted to fill it!
Here’s an example of some yoga music with an urban and modern flair:
My main goal when creating yoga songs is to both respect the traditional yoga music. But also implement modern elements. I love the sound of flutes and harmonium. But why not combine them with urban yoga music influences?
It’s not easy. But I try to make music both for modern yogis and those who prefer the more contemporary yoga music.
The clear answer is of course “NO”.
However. I learned that if I follow my heart when creating music for yoga, yogis and yoga teachers seem to get the emotion I’m trying to convey.
Tibetan bells and singing bowls are typical instruments for yoga practice. I Tibetan bell, or tingsha are often used together with singing bowls. The are the main instruments in meditation music and sound healing.
I love them both deeply. But up until now I’ve never heard them in combination with modern elements and instrumentation.
My biggest concern was to be disrespectful to the tradition. But so far I got mostly positive feedback when combining them.
Too me as a yoga musician it is to get inspiration from the music of today.
Why not combine a modern hiphop beat with indian percussion into a yoga song?
Or a tropical house synth alongside a eastern flute?
In this video I created a yoga playlist for Yin yoga. This yoga music has a bigger respect for the traditional elements.
It’s used by many teachers of yoga in many different countries.