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itcher’s Amazing Yoga Playlist: 25 Songs to Stretch to

Roxanne_Sancto_itcher_contributorToday we’ll cover some of the best yoga and meditation music by artists like Rage Against the Machine…Ha! Got you there! No, we’ll be looking at Deuter, Aeoliah, Deva Premal, Tina Malia, Aphex Twin, Lama Gyurme, Dead Can Dance, Kula Shaker and much more! By Roxanne Sancto

Full 3 hour 15 min playlist and tracklist on the sidebar. ~ Roxanne Sancto

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Coming up with new music for your yoga sessions can be a pain sometimes. Often it’s about finding the perfect balance between fast and slow, finding just the right song to “flow” to. I’ve tried with an entire CocoRosie album once, and let me tell you: It was a mistake.

This is why I’ve decided to put this amazing yoga playlist together for you! Here you will find tracks that are great for a variety of flows: Slow and relaxing, fast and vigorous, energetic and smooth.

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Best Yoga Playlist Songs

It’ll take you a while to get through a really good yoga playlist, so I thought I’d already go ahead and point out my absolute favourites on this list.

Once you’ve had a chance to practise to all of them, you can let me know if you agree with my choices.

Here is my good music for yoga playlist!

`Spirit Chaser´ (Dead Can Dance,1996)

I’ve listed every song on the Spirit Chaser album in this playlist because they are all beautiful and they are all fantastic for yoga – no matter what kind.

Whether you are getting ready for an intense Vinyasa flow, or would like to melt into Yin yoga, Dead Can Dance offers the perfect soundtrack.

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`Rhubarb´ (Remix) Aphex Twin

When we think of Aphex Twin we think of raves and strange videos like Come to Daddy and Windowlicker. We probably wouldn’t be quick to associate Richard David James with yoga music.

But that’s where you’re wrong!

Rhubarb is as gentle as it gets. I recommend this track for an extended Shivasana or a short but sweet meditation session. If you’d like to have the same subtle sounds with a bit more umpf, try Georgia Zatini’s remix.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t be found on Spotify, but enjoy it here:

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`Jaya Bhagavan´  (Hey Amba Tina Malia and Shimshai, 2004)

Tina Malia has worked with some amazing artists such as Carlos Santana and India Arie. Her hypnotically tender vocals and Shimshai’s universal language of love and oneness merge into an all-embracing song of string-guided awareness in Jaya Bhagavan.

This is perfect for a warm-up sequence or seated meditation.

Hey Amba takes things up a notch. With great rhythms, Shimshai and Tina’s encouraging voices will guide you through impossible postures and exciting flows.

This song will inspire a refreshing power yoga flow and a smile on your face!

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`Govinda´, `Tattva´ (Kula Shaker, 1996)

Kula Shaker is probably another band you didn’t expect to see on this list, but hey: Even a little psychedelic rock can go a long way in yoga. Mixing up exciting Indian instruments such as the table, sitar and tamboura, we get to hear an amazing orchestra of sounds in Govinda.

The song is devoted to Krishna, the youthful prince who offers guidance and direction. Govinda jaya jaya means “Glory, Glory Govinda”. It is fast paced and magical and will guarantee a fun yoga class.

Tattva sounds (and most probably is) an ode to the essence of our being, the sense of oneness. Mixing Sanskrit mantras and English melodies, this is the perfect song to accompany an AcroYoga or Partner yoga class.

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`Angel Love´ (Aeoliah, 1985)

There is a reason why Aeoliah’s songs are referred to as “healing music”. Tracks like Angel Love really allow you to look within. Whilst meditating or surrendering to Shivasana, it is important to find music that doesn’t distract us but aids us in turning inward.

These soft melodies allow you to focus on your breathing, yourself, your overall sense and perception. Sometimes there is no better teacher than music and Aeoliah proves it.

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`Gayatri Mantra´ (Deva Premal, 1998)

Mantras can be found in Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. They are numinous sounds, words or syllables that are repeated in a meditational form and are believed to bring forth spiritual power and tranquillity of the mind.

The Gayatri Mantra is a highly regarded mantra in the Vedic tradition. Deva’s father used to sing it to her while her mother was still carrying her inside the womb, and continued to do so throughout Deva‘s childhood.

She first recorded it on her album The Essence (1998) with her partner Miten, in her parents’ apartment. This is a powerful mantra and is of great personal significance for Deva. Performed by Deva, the Gayatri mantra will infect you with its intensity.

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`Rain of Blessings´ (Lama Gyurme, 1996)

Lama Gyurme has been given the title of “Oumze” – the master of music. The Buddhist Bhutanese monk attended the Djang Tchub Tcheu Ling monastery from the age of four and soon developed a strong love for music and the arts.

If you would like to get a real sense of the sounds of eastern meditation, his Rain of Blessings will do the trick. Tune in and observe from a place without judgement, and allow yourself to embrace a new sense of awareness with this beautiful Vajra chant.

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More Yogic Tunes? Yes Please!

Here are some of my favourite songs to inspire bendiness. Did you find what you were looking for? I’d also love to hear about your top yoga tunes!

Please share them in the comments box below!

My name is Roxanne Sancto and I’ll be writing all things music, book and movie related for itcher mag. I also write for New Heroes & Pioneers’ upcoming Festival and Culture magazines, to be launched in the spring of 2014. I am the co-author of The Pink Boots and am currently working on two new novels. I love music, literature, cinema, crafting, yoga and animals.
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