Spring is officially here (hooray!), and for some that means the arrival of sunny skies and happy times. For others, it means pollen season – runny noses, itchy eyes, and a rundown feeling that’s hard to shake. I am lucky in my lack of allergies, but I get frequent colds from working with kids, so I can sympathize with my pollen-congested brothers and sisters. When congestion strikes, I turn to Restorative yoga to set me straight. Blankets, blocks, straps and eye pillows join forces to comfortably open me up and ease my symptoms. And no Restorative yoga session would be complete without some great yoga music to set the mood. So next time you’re thinking about reaching for an over-the-counter remedy, grab a bolster or blanket, and your ipod for some natural relief. Here are my picks for the best yoga music for Restorative yoga!
Dakshina by Deva Premal has some really relaxing songs to choose from, if you are a fan of creating your own music mixes. I especially recommend “Om Namah Shivaya” and “Om Purnam I.” If you want to use the entire album for restorative yoga, be careful – “Guru Rinpoche Mantra” and “Om Purnam II,” both wonderful songs, are a bit upbeat.
AYKANNA’s album Livelight has quite a few upbeat songs on it, but the mellow ones are so good I have to include it on my restorative yoga list. “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” and “I am What I am” sound particularly nice when draped over a bolster with an eye pillow on your eyes.
Mirabai Ceiba’s A Hundred Blessings is a beautiful album. Markus and Angelika’s voices come together with such sweetness and harmony. It’s hard to pick just a few standouts from this album, as A Hundred Blessings is packed with songs perfect for restorative yoga. But if I had to choose my favorites, I would say “Ra Ma Da Sa” and “Even as Night.” However, as with Deva Premal’s album above, be aware that “Privthi Hai” and “Gobinday” are probably better suited for a more active practice.
Simrit Kaur’s The Sweetest Nectar is just that. Sweet! I’m not sure I could put together a better album for a relaxing, gentle yoga session if I tried for the rest of my life. If I were making a mix of artists and tracks for my practice, I would definitely use her song “Akaal…Deathless” for savasana. At nearly 10 minutes, and being a mantra about the deathless state of our being, it’s a perfect track to close a yoga practice.
I’m a big fan of yoga music mixes. You can choose tracks to suit your needs, and listen to a variety of artists. If you want to give it a try, here’s a sample restorative yoga music mix to help you relax:
“I am What I Am” by AYKANNA from the album Livelight
“He Ma Durga (Compassion)” by Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band from the album Devaloka
“Even as Night” by Mirabai Ceiba from the album A Hundred Blessings
“Kabir’s Song” by Snatam Kaur from the album Anand
“Kali Durge” by Girish from the album Diamonds in the Sun
“Om Namah Shivaya” by Deva Premal from the album Dakshina
“Kaval Nain Madhur Bain” by Prabhu Nam Kaur from the album Seasons of the Soul
“Baba Hanuman” by Shantala from the album Sri
“Akal…Deathless” by Simrit Kaur from the album The Sweetest Nectar