10 Calming Songs for Your Yoga Playlist

World music and calming mantras help guide you through your yoga practice.

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Yoga does far more than just tone muscles and burn calories. The practice involves a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation. The word “yoga” even means “to join” in Sanskrit, bringing mind and body together.

Vedic priests practiced yoga in Northern India over 3,000 years ago. Centuries later, modern medicine shows its tremendous benefits. Regular practice helps to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, promote respiratory and cardiovascular health, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

So roll out your mat, light some incense, and put on this playlist while enjoying the many benefits of this ancient practice for your body and mind.

Tumi Bhaja Re Mana - Maniah Vyas

Begin your practice in seated in easy pose (Sukhasanam) by crossing your legs and slipping each foot beneath the opposite knee.  Breathe deeply through the nose down into the belly.

Sunrise at the Ganges - Karunesh

Awaken your practice with sun salutations (Surya Namaskar) to increase energy circulation and lengthen muscles through moving meditation.

Salala - Angelique Kidjo feat. Peter Gabriel

Sink into the goddess pose (Utkata Konasana) to open the hips and chest while strengthening the lower body.

Storms In Africa - Enya

Bring out your inner strength through a series of three invigorating warrior poses (Virabhadrasana I, II, & III) that build and stretch your legs, thighs, and core muscles.

Obiero - Ayub Ogada

Improve balance and calm the mind while standing tall and rooted in tree pose (Vrksasana).

Kaliyugavaradana - U. Srinivas

Strengthen the core and open up hips and shoulders while engaging the body in triangle pose (Utthita Trikonasana).

Mausam - Nitin Sawhney

Become more grounded and centered, relieve the lower back, and strengthen legs, feet, calves, and ankles while crouching in squat pose (Malasana).

Ganesha Mantra - Wah

Praise the elephant-faced Hindu god by locking hands in the Ganesha mudra to relieve tension and give salutations to the remover of obstacles.

Homage to Krishna - Deva Premal

Amritananda writes, “Love, universal and egoless, cosmic in dimension, is what one gets when one concentrates on the heart center. This is where one hears the call of Krishna.” Open your heart through cobra pose (Bhujangasana) to help align the spine and invigorate the kidneys and nervous system.

Adi Shakti - Ajeet Kaur

Bow in swan pose (Hamsasana) to open the hips while also detoxifying the lymph nodes in the groin, giving a boost to the immune system.

Medicine Woman - Lynda Cole

Lay on your back in corpse pose (Shavasana) to relax the entire body and close the practice in a state of rejuvenation.

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