Before we had artists like Snatam, Mirabai Cieba, GuruGanesha, Jai-Jadgeesh, Gurunam; there was Mata Mandir, Livtar, Singh Kaur and Gurudass. The new music is amazing and constantly evolving, but it is still great to play some of the traditional music as well. The old school Kundalini Yoga music ranges anywhere from traditional Indian to folksy anthem music. So whether you are feeling nostalgic or want to coordinate your music along with what is suggested in the manuals, here are 11 Collections of music that Yogi Bhajan often played during yoga classes:
Mata Mandir has been called the “James Taylor” of Kundalini yoga music. His wonderful soothing mantras can be found in the following kriyas:
Gobinde Mukande (“Ashtang Agni Kriya” from Master’s Touch); The Yogi (“To Brighten your Radiance” from Master’s Touch); 5 Religion Chant aka Jehovah or Hallelujah (“Meditation on the Different Names of God” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2); and Rhythms of Gatka (“Balance the Mind I” from Mastering the Self Vol 1).
Singh Kaur was perhaps the Snatam Kaur of the past generation. Much of her music is still played during yoga classes across the world. Her beautiful angelic voice is a timeless a classic. Singh Kaur’s music can be found in the following kriyas:
Rakhe Rakhanhar (“Achieve an Experience of God” from Reaching Me in Me); Guru Ram Das (“Self Hypnois to Become Intuitive” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2); Beloved God (“Solving Communication Problems” from Reaching Me in Me); and Sat Nam Wahe Guru Ji (“Meditation into Thoughtlessness” from Mastering the Self Vol 1)
Gurudass Singh is one of the original singer/ songwriters in Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan played Gurudass’ songs often in classes and during White Tantric course. His original lyrics can be found in the following kriyas:
Additionally, Yogi Bhajan played the following Gurudass songs: Chanting Sat Nam, Never Again, Miracle of Guru Ram Das (Summer Solstice White Tantra 2011) and Freedom.
Healing Sounds of the Ancients
This collection has more of the traditional sounding Indian music that Yogi Bhajan played: Chatr Chatr Vartee by Kulwant Singh (“Chakkar Chalunee” Kriya from Self Experience) and Ardas Bhaee by the Anahata Choir (“Kriya to Experience Your Own Strength” from Self Knowledge)
Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa’s songs were possibly the most often music played during Yogi Bhajan’s yoga class and White Tantric courses. All of the music she recorded was under his speciﬁc instruction. Here are a few of the kriyas her music was in:
Prosperity Hymn aka “Reality, Prosperity and Ecstacy” (“Lotus Prayer for Prosperity & Projection Unto Inﬁnity” from Master’s Touch); Sat Siri Siri Akal aka “Aquarian March” (“Meditation for Invincible Spirit” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2); Ang Sang Wahe Guru (“Experincing the Jupiter Energy” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2); Ong Namo (“Meditation to Bless Yourself from Mastering the Self Vol 1); Humee Hum (“Meditation for the Fifth Chakra” from Physical Wisdom); Every Heartbeat (“Balance the Group Energy” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2); Bountiful Beautiful and Blissful (“Throw off Stress & Uncover Your Strength” from Self Knowledge); Say Saraswati (“Boundless Strength” from Mastering the Self Vol 1) and Peace and Tranquility (“Raising the Elements” from Mastering the Self Vol 1)
Gyan Ji is another classical chant artist. His song Wahe Guru Wahe Jio which is also referred to as the “Paris Tape” by Yogi Bhajan, can be found in: “Meditation for Blessing” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2 and “Mental Outer Projection” from The Mind.
Sangeet Kaur is an opera singer with a heavenly voice. Yogi Bhajan often played her version of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru which can be found in the kriya, “Healing the Stomach” from Self Knowledge. Yogi Bhajan also recommended Sangeet Kaur’s album, Raga Sadhana in the Sadhana Guidelines manual.
Guru Shabad is a classic Kundalini Yoga music artist that is still recording. His sound is very heart warming and soothing. Here are a few examples of his music that Yogi Bhajan played in classes: Pavan Pavan (“Meditation to Enrich the Mind” from The Mind); Ajai Alai (“Meditation to Develop the Radiant Body” from Mastering the Self Vol 1); and Sa Re Sa Sa (“Antar Naad Meditation” from Serving the Inﬁnite Vol 2).
Last but not least is Hari Bhajan, whose beautiful On this Day (aka “the Birthday Song”) was played on Birthdays by Yogi Bhajan.