Music

Electronica Music for Yoga by RoundGlass Music

Electronica Music for Yoga by RoundGlass Music

It can’t be overstated how important music is to us as a species. Music has been with us since we lived in caves. Back then, it was a critical part of maintaining a community centered around shared emotional experiences. Now, music is everywhere. The challenge for people of our time is how, in a time of sensory overload, can we seek out music that aids and improves our lives. Music can calm, motivate, and everything in between.

pexels karolina grabowska 4498177

It can’t be overstated how important music is to us as a species. Music has been with us since we lived in caves. Back then, it was a critical part of maintaining a community centered around shared emotional experiences. Now, music is everywhere. The challenge for people of our time is how, in a time of sensory overload, can we seek out music that aids and improves our lives. Music can calm, motivate, and everything in between.

It makes sense that in the modern era music has become so linked to exercise. It’s impossible to imagine a spin class without a thumping beat to keep you peddling. Yoga may be the polar opposite of exercise forms like spinning, but music also plays a central role here, at least in how yoga is practiced in the Western World.

Rhythm is so critical to yoga, the rhythm of breath, the rhythm of movement, that it syncs with music very well. Yoga is, of course, more than just exercise, it combines aspects of strength and cardio exercise, with aspects of mediation, and breathwork to create a holistic approach to maintaining your body, mind, and soul.

It can be hard to find good music for yoga. Often, yoga music needs to be soothing, but not so soothing that you fall asleep. Whether it’s Vinyasa or Bikram, music can help center you and maintain a consistent flow. A nice beat can help you keep your flow but too strong a beat and you’ll be dancing not saluting the sun.

Although at first, it may seem like they’re in conflict, Electronica and EDM can be a great addition to your yoga music repertoire. The repeating beats, patterns, and ambient soundscapes complement the headspace yoga requires quite well. This mix also revolves around strong, consistent downbeats. These will naturally help the body move from asana to asana smoothly. But you don’t have to stop there, here are some other great sub-genres of EDM and a little about how they can be used to freshen up your yoga routine:

Drum & Bass music, characterized by fast breakbeats, usually around 160 to 180 beats per minute, and heavy bass lines might feel the exact opposite vibe from Yoga. However, yogis have been using it with routines that focus on strength building or weight loss. These often have faster movements and more changes in position that go well with the music. The genre evolved out of the jungle music scene in the UK in the 1990s

Deep House is a little slower, generally around 110 to 125 beats per minute. It emerged in the 80s but saw a rebirth of popularity in the 2010s. Deep House is heavily influenced by soul, jazz, and funk. Deep house as warm, smooth, relatively slower genre can go well with Yoga. It can also serve to take off some of the spiritual weight that more traditional yoga sometimes brings, this can help bring a more playful energy to your yoga, while still maintaining the mind/body connection that makes yoga so powerful.

Ambient music is closer to what you expect electronic yoga music to sound like. The goal of ambient music is to be enveloping, unobtrusive, and atmospheric, which can go very nicely with yoga styles that focus on breathing and longer holds of positions. There won’t be heavy beats, drums, or lyrics to distract you, so you can really let the music and yoga transport you to a place of peace and relaxation. If you have a stressful day job and tend to practice your yoga after work, this could be an ideal pairing for you. It can be a perfect way to unwind and let the troubles, tensions, and stresses of the day melt away, leaving you with just that peaceful feeling of a connected mind and body.

The best part is an exploration of combining yoga with electronica music will be fun and will yield something interesting. Start with this mix and see how you feel. Unwind, soothe your body, and activate your breathing.