Do you listen to music while falling asleep?
This is one of my favorite (and most effective) ways to shift the energy from ACTIVE to RESTFUL in my home. And since my music collection revolves around what-shall-I-play-in-yoga-class-today, I have lots of groovy, relaxing music to draw from. However…
Not all yoga music is created equal.
I have definitely made the mistake of choosing a new album to sleep to, and then found myself wide-eyed at midnight wondering where the f#@k those Loud Power Chords were coming from.
Then there’s the Spontaneous Animal Sounds.
And the Awkward Atonal Chanting.
Or perhaps the Distracting Disco Synth.
Don’t let BAD yoga music happen in your bedroom!
Here are six sleep-safe albums for you to zzz to:
(all albums are available on Spotify)
If you’re a practicing yogi, you’ve no doubt heard this album played in at least one class. Garth has become a kind of yoga-music-maven, and often performs live at special yoga events and classes. This album is beautiful, start to finish. The tempo picks up a bit in the middle, but overall it will make you feel like you are in a 75-minute savasana.
My feelings for this album would best be expressed by wrapping myself in a blanket, wiggling my toes in the air, and then instantly falling asleep. It is brilliant. I have slept, dreamed, cried, written, and practiced to this album many times, and I will continue to do so for the next thousand years.
I once taught a Restorative Yoga class to this album, and people came out feeling like they had been through a Shamanic mind-altering trance. This album leans more towards continuous, droning, white noise. But it is beautifully done and I’m convinced there are subliminal healing messages sewn in.
This lovely use of nature sounds mimics the gentle ribbit-ribbit of crickets on a crisp autumn night. If you’re more of a sea guy or gal, this record label also produces albums of ocean, whale, and waterfall sounds to lull you into your own personal dreamland.
This album takes on the science of music and uses specific BPM (beats per minute) and healing frequencies to coax your brain into slower and slower rhythms. Attention Insomniacs: this album contains over 5 hours (!!!) of music, and is even more effective in headphones.
Riley Lee is a master of the shakuachi, a Japanese flute. Of all his albums, I’ve found this one to be the most soothing for sleep. It feels like I’ve been transported to a lush Japanese forest, surrounded by lullaby-singing wood nymphs and fairies.
Get ready, set your playlists, and……ZZZzzz z z z z z.
Do you have another album to share? Tell me what it is and why you love it it in the comments below.
Love and lullabies,