25 Savasana Songs You Need On Your Playlist

July 13, 2023 0 Comments

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The most memorable savasanas can transcend time and space. You feel peace, surrender and release. You leave feeling renewed and perhaps transformed. You may even find solace within yourself. Although the climaxes of your yoga practice may come in silence, many of us find that our ability to truly relax is undoubtedly influenced by music.

The effect of music on our mood is… complicated. Personal preference certainly factors into the equation, as do certain complex neurophysical responses, such as the release of neurotransmitters in response to the vibration of a song or the heart rate tuned to its beat.

But you don’t need to understand the subtleties of how music affects your mood to recognize when it’s happening. All you really need to know is that what you hear should enhance, not detract from, the deep and somber experience that is Savasana. This particular elixir is unique to each person, but when you feel it, you know it.

The following Savasana songs—some instrumental, some lyrical, and all soothing—have struck a chord with us, the students and teachers we know, and millions of other music appreciators, meaning they’ll likely evoke a similar experience for you. or your students. There’s only one way to know for sure.

25 Savasana Songs You Should Try

Mystical music

Match | “The Merging of Souls”

Ashana’s soaring vocals and ringing singing bowls make her one of the leading New Age artists of our time. With over 18 million downloads, it’s her best-known (and probably most catchy) song, thanks to the fun harmonica and that angelic voice.
Duration: 9:36

Anushka Shankar | “Naked”

The daughter of talented sitar player and social icon Ravi Shankar has carved her own path in the modern music space with her take on traditional Indian music. In 2003, she became the first Indian to be nominated for a Grammy Award. “Naked,” a track from another Grammy-nominated album Liftis just one of her consistently standout sitar tracks.

Duration: 4:16

MC YOGI | “Shanti (Peace Out)”

MC YOGI has changed the rules of the game by combining traditional oriental music with modern hip-hop and offers many great tracks for yoga. But nothing beats this Indian song for a peaceful savasana. Yoga teacher Erin Stewart says it’s a must-have for Savasni.

Duration: 6:59

Michael Mandrell and Benji Wertheimer | “Santosa (Satisfaction)”

Together, these musicians recorded only one album, and the closing track is transportive. The comfort it brings can certainly be traced in the warm sounds of traditional instruments, including the esraj, tambourine and tabla.

Duration: 8:36

Dean Evenson, Scott Huckabay, Phil Haven | “Sacred Agreement”

The Celtic-tinged ambient is yoga student Kristen Lindblad’s favorite song to settle into Savasana. “It can evoke deep emotions in me while I’m in this relaxed state,” she says.
Duration: 8:37

Holy Land | “Space to breathe”

With over 38 million downloads, this blissful track is another fan favorite. It relies on the bansuri, a traditional Indian bamboo flute, with the hum of cicadas in the background.
Duration: 8:06

Jane Winter | “Om Mani Padme Hum 1”

Jane Winter’s music is minimalist yet lush, soothing and almost magical. This track, her most popular, adds a mantra practice to Savasana. Try it in traditional Savasana or even during the restorative supported Supta Baddha Konasana (Blanched Pose).

Duration: 8:24

Resonance Meditation album cover by Beautiful Chorus
(Photo: Resonance Meditation album cover by Beautiful Chorus)

Instrumental tracks

Nice chorus | “Heart Chakra”

Album resonance meditation, from popular independent vocal group Beautiful Chorus, will guide you through each of the seven chakras. “[It’s] It’s great if you’re looking for something without spoken words,” says yoga student Rachel Blake. While any song can work during Savasana, Blake recommends Heart Chakra.
Duration: 4:40

Echo Ark | “Flower Anthem”

The relaxing reverb-drenched electric guitar track is so soothing. (Fans of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” will sound familiar.) The track is one of four songs by the artist on Spotify, and we wish there were more.
Duration: 3:35

Brian Eno | “Always come back”

Ambient music producer Brian Eno takes it all down on this piano and guitar ballad. The main hook spins throughout the song, making it easy to sink into that blissfully hypnotic state of Savasana.
Duration: 4:04

Eastern forest | “Wait”

Portland yoga teacher Ryan Ashley says she always plays this “relatively unknown and delicate” song from East Forest’s Musical meditations album for Savasana. She believes that this is incredibly skillful in giving students the opportunity to “relax and immerse themselves deeply.”

Duration: 8:50

Olafur Arnolds “Tomorrow’s Song”

This uplifting yet gentle piano ballad provides an easy ending to any yoga practice, especially restorative or yin. If you need a full-length yoga album, the Icelandic composer’s extensive discography offers plenty to choose from.
Duration: 3:07

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I have this | “Green Arrow”

The song’s melancholy guitar meanders through a field of crickets before dissolving into rhythmic drums. “It just drives me nuts,” says yoga teacher Harvest Radich, who relies on the track from the band’s 1997 album. I hear one heart beating like her favorite track Savasana.
Duration: 5:43

Mannose | “Land of the Buddha-healer”

Talented flautist from Nepal Manose incorporates 10 instrumental meditations into this song from the album Call within. It relies on the soothing sound of streams, wind chimes and the bansuri, an ancient flute-like instrument. Indeed, medicine.
Duration: 7:00

Modern songs

Audra May | “Forever Young”

May’s cover of Bob Dylan’s 1960s classic goes without musical accompaniment to emphasize the wisdom imparted. “May you always do for others, And let others do for you.” Her performance of the song creates a feeling of closing the classroom, as it was in the series “Sons of Anarchy”.
Duration: 2:50

Slow Dive | “Falling Ashes”

A soft, delicate piano slowly transforms into layered vocals from the iconic ’90s shoegaze band that “thinks about love” over and over again. This indie track is the perfect make-it-and-forget Savasana track.
Duration: 8:00

Jeff Buckley | Hallelujah

The late Jeff Buckley never disappoints. His singing voice is characteristically emotional in this electric version of composer Leonard Cohen’s classic song from the 90s. These heavenly falsettos can inspire divine admiration.
Duration: 6:53

Nuela | “The Sound of Silence”

Nuela and her breathy vocals are unaccompanied except for occasional piano chords in this haunting Simon & Garfunkel cover. It is as if the space between the sounds is reflected off the walls. Yoga magazine senior editor Rene Schettler finds students especially quiet after evening practice with the lights dimmed.
Duration: 3:23

John Lennon | “Imagine”

Although this classic was recorded and published more than 50 years ago, it reaches out to all generations with a message that is still relevant today: “Imagine all people sharing the whole world… I hope one day you will join us and the world will live as a whole. .”

Duration: 3:07

Electronic music

Society of slow dances | “A Song That Will Help You Forget”

Produced by solo artist Drew Sullivan, this ambient rock hit gained popularity after yoga influencer Rachel Braten included it on her Yoga Girl of the Month playlist. It deserves the hype.
Duration: 6:14

Random Slave | “Lace”

With its gentle rhythm and calm sigh of strings, Random Raba’s “Lace” brings Savasana an exciting mix of downtempo electronica and traditional string instruments.
Duration: 3:47

Télépopmusik and Angela McCluskey | “breathe”

Due to the higher BPM, this track is especially suitable for the high energy class. And because of its increased pace, it can help students who don’t mind long periods of silence. The tinge of cool, relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect transition from yoga to socializing.

Duration: 4:42

jelly | “You’re the one I need”

The unique combination of a low-tempo break beat and soothing vocals creates a captivating shavasana. The lyrics are minimal and repetitive, providing little distraction for resting yogis.
Duration: 3:37

Cover of the ODESZA album In Return.
(Photo: ODESZA | “Kusanagi”)

Odesa |

This stunning track from 2014’s breakthrough album Odesza, to each other radiates happiness. Electronic notes shimmer and ripple as playful voices play in the background and you feel the joy of a carefree summer day.
Duration: 3:28

Sol Rising | “Light”

With its upbeat melody, this track creates an upbeat yet soothing vibe for you to bask in the glow of your practice. You will literally leave the studio shaking like a ray of light.
Duration: 3:34

About our contributor

Sierra is a writer, yogi, and music lover based in the Pacific Northwest. She has been practicing yoga for almost ten years and received her certification in 2018. She writes and teaches all about connection: the connection to the body, nature, and the universal love that holds us together. She is also the author of Your Year of Magic, a lunar magick journal and workbook for witches. For free yoga and witchcraft wisdom, find Sierra at thelocalmystic.com, on Instagram @thelocalmystic and on YouTube.

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