Looking for some cool new yoga music to use as the soundtrack for your yoga and meditation practice? I know I’m always looking for beautiful music for my yoga class playlists, so I’m really excited to turn you onto three new CDs that were just recently released by my good friends at White Swan Records.
Songs for the Sangha | Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
Sangha means spiritual community and the soothing voice of Deva Premal, reggae grooves from her partner Miten, peaceful bamboo flute from Manose, Joby Baker on bass and drums, and Spencer Cozens’ jazz-inflected acoustic piano, all come together to create an awesome “spiritual family” that we are all invited to join.
When I first started listening to Songs for the Sangha I noticed it has a unique sound from my other Deva Premal and Miten CDs. The songs move from Western classical music to reggae grooves and some are infused with soul and jazz and the sounds of nature.
I have to say that Deva Premal is my go to girl when I need awesome yoga music for a playlist and I have already used several of the tracks like “Ganapati Mantra/Strong My Roots” and “Karuna” for my yoga class playlists.
If you want to learn more about the making of Songs for the Sangha, this video is pretty awesome!
The Road | Avasa & Matthew Love
Avasa and Matthew Love may not be household names yet in the yoga world, but not for long! Their new album is getting rave reviews from celebs like Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, Josh Radnor, and yoga bloggers like me!
Avasa and Matthew are husband and wife who both write the music they perform. Their goal is to create music that nourishes the soul and inspires each listener to find “the road” to their divine guidance in life.
The heart-opening and joyful music on The Road comes from the acoustic guitar and harmonium played by Avasa and Matthew, orchestral strings composed by Robin Livingston with additional solos by Steve Gardner, flute from Todd Boston (who has played with Snatam Kaur and Simrit Kaur), tabla by Benjy Wertheimer and percussion from Gabriel Harris (the son of Joan Baez).
I have used “Love.Light.Wisdom” in a yoga class playlist, and it’s perfect from the opening Om, to the repeated mantra of love, light, and wisdom, all the way to the closing Om. The song lyrics ask, “Love is your truth, light is your truth, is your wisdom?”
Take a musical road trip with The Road and it will inspire you, make you want to move your dancing feet, and maybe even sing along. Watch the video below and you’ll be hooked.
FREE MUSIC from White Swan Records!
If you are not already signed up for the White Swan Records Free Music Newsletter, I highly recommend you head over to their site and sign up. Each Wednesday I get an email loaded with information about cool new yoga music, and the super sweet bonus of a link to download a free song. These free songs have introduced me to many new artists and one of the songs I got to download recently was from a new album put together by Ben Leinbach that is perfect for yoga class playlists.
Yoga Soundtracks Volume 1 | Ben Leinbach
Yoga Soundtracks is a collection of ambient world music tracks created by Ben Leinbach, premier yoga music producer (and mighty fine musician in his own right).
These lush, smooth, entrancing soundtracks for yoga, chillaxing, or meditation, feature performances by yoga music superstars Jai Uttal, Manose, Tina Malia, Benjy Wertheimer and more.
Check out this video of “Full Circle” and you’ll see why I’m so excited to have this new CD to fill up my yoga class playlists.
I’m already looking forward to Volume 2!
If you want more cool yoga music head on over to the Cool Yoga Music page on The Daily Downward Dog!