Saturday, March 25, 2017

Yoga Music 2017: Traditional Yoga Music

The Yoga Sessions by Massood Ali Kahn
Among the more classic yoga music I've been using this spring:

One of the more traditionally driven albums I've using in particular is Masood Ali Kahn's album "The Yoga Sessions: Hang with the Angels," featuring Kahn's ethereal music and guest vocalists. The track I use in class most is by Lisbeth Scott singing the Gayatri Mantra.

The words to this traditional chant to the sun are:
Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi

dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.

The eternal, earth, air, heaven
That glory, that resplendence of the sun
May we contemplate the brilliance of that light
May the sun inspire our minds.
(Translation by Douglas Brooks)

Krishna Das' Pilgrim Heart
I also use very frequently Krishna Das' "Mountain Hare Krishna" from his album Pilgrim Heart. Krishna Das is a huge name in the yoga chant scene. On this particular track, he sings with Sting (yes, Sting of The Police). The track ends beautifully with a segue into "Amazing Grace" and then back into the traditional Hare Krishna chant. In this article, also from Yoga Journal, Krishna Das talks about the value and practice of chanting, a practice the West has certainly picked up from the Eastern practices. Krishna Das is coming to the Rubin Museum for a screening of the film "One Track Heart."

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