Yoga Chant Music Artists you Need to Know

Yoga chant music artists

Whether you use music in your yoga classes or not, there are some yoga chant music artists you need to know!

You might need energizing tracks for a flow class or a meditative background sound for savasana or restorative classes. Whatever classes you are planning, the music of these inspiring chant artists covers all the bases.

Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music. The repetition of these sacred phrases have positive health benefits particularly for the mind and, therefore, our wellbeing

Take a look and see which artists are missing from your music collection. Explore, find something new and let the music inspire your personal practice and teaching.

Deva Premal & Miten

The voice of Deva Premal is one of the warmest and most meditative you’ll find. She has the kind of voice that could be reciting my shopping list and it would still sound divine.

She works and performs with her musician and singer partner, Miten. I’ve played many of their meditative tracks for class wind down and they are perfect for savasana and home relaxation.

My favorite track is Om Namo Bhagavate which features on the album Embrace . I love everything she produces.

They tour often so take a look and see dates for their next tour. Sample her music here

Krishna Das

The king of kirtan. Kirtan is the form of music known as ‘call and response’. The artist sings a phrase which is then repeated by the audience. A kind of spiritual karaoke!

Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music.

Krishna Das (or KD as he is often referred) is a well established and popular artist who tours regularly. It is well worth attending a concert or workshop with this iconic artist. (look here for upcoming events)

His music range includes tracks that start slowly and gradually pick up pace. This is ideal for a yoga class starting with warm ups and building up to faster flow. There are also many tracks that are slower and more meditative – perfect for savasana or home relaxation.

Take a look and a listen here

Snatam Kaur

Another female artist with the same kind of rich sound and repertoire as Deva Premal. She has recorded a huge amount of tracks that are ideal for savasana, restorative yoga classes and background calm!

You can browse through her work here

Shantala

I love this husband and wife duet. I was very lucky to listen to their beautiful music first hand, by chance, on a yoga training where they performed live during savasana. They have a very special sound and are well worth a listen in.

My favorite track is Purnamadah. An enchanting, calming track ideal for savasana or relaxation. It originally featured on the Love Window album. Well worth a listen.

Explore, find something new and see how music can help inspire your yoga practice and teaching.

Wah!

Wah! is an established artist who has a more ‘pop’ feel to her music. One of her classic albums is savasana whose opening track is perfect for, you guessed it, savasana. Also, check out all of her faster tracks that are useful for energizing vinyasa classes.

Take a listen here.

Explore these wonderful chant artists and find yourself some inspiring music – for class, meditation, practice or life generally! You won’t regret it.

Brighten Up Your Yoga Practice with Colorful Props

we need props in our practice.  why not colorful ones
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Spring is coming and the flowers are blooming. Time to brighten up your yoga practice with a bunch of colorful yoga props. What better way of inspiring your practice than a vibrant new accessory.

Take a look at these jewel bright goodies with useful links to creative ideas for making use of each and every one of your props.

Yoga Mat

You’ve got to have a yoga mat for a good grippy surface to support your downward dogs.

Also a rolled mat is super useful in many ways. Take a peak at this article with examples of how to use a rolled up mat as a prop.

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Blocks

Great for bringing the floor to your hands in a number of the standing poses.

Yoga Journal explores some creative uses for your blocks here

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Strap

Why shouldn’t your strap be a fun color instead of beige? A boon to any yoga with tight shoulders and a great shoulderstand assist to stop the elbows splaying.

For a small prop, a strap has a bunch of uses. Take a look at Yoga International’s inspired uses 

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Bolster

Support the knees, relax the spine, open the collarbones. A bolster is a great prop for relaxation and resting poses. Don’t forget about the challenging poses though. A bolster under the torso to assist the lift in chaturanga dandasana is a great help. Give it a try!

If you haven’t invested in a bolster yet then the time has come! Just look at these dreamy restorative poses

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Make the most of your props to enhance and support your yoga practice

Blanket

Woollen, thick blankets have a number of uses in our practice not least of all, keeping us warm in savasana.

Try using the folded blankets wedged beneath the thighs for support in baddha konasana.

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Lavender Eye Pillow

Obviously dreamy in savasana.

Great for relaxation, meditation and headache relief.

Take a look at the many benefits of lavender 

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Yoga Towel

Very useful if you’re a hot yoga type of yogi.

Also doubles up as a coverup in savasana or neck support if lightly rolled. Extend the edge of the towel over your eyes if you’ve forgotten your eye pillow!

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Yoga Bag

Although not strictly a prop, this is still a great accessory. A funky, bright yoga tote for class that easily fits your mat, towel and water bottle. A little zipped internal pocket is perfect for keys & cards.

This soft fabric tote can roll up super flat and would make a great sightseeing bag or beach holdall too for your yoga retreat travels. Available in a bunch of great colors, too

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Embrace Spring and brighten up your yoga practice!

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Create your own Travel Yoga & Meditation Altar

make a travel yoga altar

How about a self care afternoon doing something creative by making your own miniature, travel yoga & meditation altar?

Whether you are traveling for a yoga retreat (lucky you) or you spend time on the road for business, our physical yoga practice is something we can always take with us. But how about our yoga altar?

mini travel altar
Travel Yoga & Meditation Altar

Having an altar for our practice creates a dedicated place of focus for our yoga, meditation or mindfulness routine. This can be particularly useful when traveling to new places and living in unfamiliar spaces.

How about a little creativity time spent making your own pocket size altar to tuck in to your travel bag!

yoga stuff ready for travel
travel altar, yoga strap and yoga clothes

Our physical yoga practice is something we can always take with us. But how about our yoga altar?

Materials you will need

  • Favorite wrapping paper or handmade paper of your choice. You only need a small amount. I chose Nepalese Lokta paper which is available in many colors and designs.
  • Glue stick, double sided tape & scissors
  • Meditation cards. These are some I made and stamped with craft stamps. you can write on them or stick your own typed mantras, favorite quotes or phrases.
Handmade meditation cards for your yoga altar
Hand watercolored meditation cards for your own choice of mantra or phrase
  • A matchbook from a restaurant or you can buy blank ones here (optional)
  • Small bunch of sage (you can buy sage from this great etsy store). A little goes a long way.
Travel yoga tin & contents
Gather miniature items for your travel tin

So……….on to the fun bit……

Cut your paper to size by drawing around the tin base and lid. Stick on to the top and bottom surface of your travel altar tin

Cut an additional two for the inside of the lids. You can simply use the same template and trim to fit.

Having an altar for our practice creates a dedicated place of focus for our yoga, meditation or mindfulness routine.

Include a few matches for your sage and miniature candle but be sure to cut off a slither of the match striking surface and adhere to the back of your tin like I have here.

back edge of travel yoga altar

Alternatively, if you’re in a creative mood you can cover a matchbook with matching paper to make a set.

Be mindful that if you are traveling by plane that you don’t pack matches or matchbooks in your hand luggage! You can always pick up some matches at your destination.

Travel yoga & meditation altar
Travel yoga & meditation altar

What to include in your travel yoga tin

Fill your tin with your favorite and most inspiring items. I included:

  • small amount of sage
  • tea light candle
  • precious stone
  • a pendant that I love
  • a small shell
  • a feather
  • handmade, watercolor meditation cards. I painted a handful and stamped phrases on them and kept others blank to add my own inspirations at a later date. You can buy a blank set here from yogaskinny’s sister Etsy store, maycontainpaper.
yoga & meditation cards
Hand watercolored meditation cards for your quotes, mantras & phrases


You can include whatever inspires you. Suggestions include

  • photos of loved people or places
  • yoga or nature imagery
  • treasured pieces of jewelry
  • favorite memento
  • miniature ornament
  • small aromatherapy oil
  • incense cone
  • small artworks

Once you are at your travel destination, pick a spot in your space to arrange your own mini altar with the contents of your travel tin.

I love a craft project and when it is yoga related I love it even more. See how your mini altar works out and then make some as gifts for friends and students.

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Be an Authentic Yoga Teacher by Being True to Yourself

Yoga Teacher Authentic
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‘Find your own voice and be an authentic yoga teacher’. This is one of the most frequent pieces of advice you will be given as you start your yoga teaching career.

Being an authentic yoga teacher means being true to yourself and your own qualities. It is great to source inspiration and direction from our favorite teachers but the key to being an authentic teacher is teaching as ‘you’.

Emulating or copying another teacher’s style can make your own teaching style more rigid and dry. Evolve your own unique style of teaching and you will automatically and naturally maintain your teaching authenticity.

Your personal qualities are the ones that are special to you.  It is your unique approach to teaching that makes you the yoga teacher that youare.  Not anyone else.  Just you.

As your career progresses, it is well worth reviewing and updating your personal mission statement. Remind yourself of your personal qualities and expectations and observe how your practice and teaching is changing.

Here are a few things to consider that will help to keep you and your yoga teaching authentic and grounded.

Humility not Ego

As a yoga teacher you are also a yoga student.  An eternal yoga student. 

Approach your teaching with humility and an open mind.  Learn from your classes and students as this will only enrich your understanding and teaching ability.

When we approach our classes and students with an air of ‘we already know it all’ we are losing the valuable opportunity each class gives us to connect, learn and evolve.

Class example:  Your overly worded verbal cue doesn’t take the students into to form of the pose you were hoping for.  Don’t be scared to smile, rewind and start again with different verbal explanation and demonstration. 

Sense of Humor not Judgement

A sense of humor in class will take you far.  If you can smile and laugh with your students you will create an inclusive and connected learning environment.

Avoid the blank look of judgement when a student can’t physically create the pose or understand your teaching points perfectly.  

Class example: The new student at the back just can’t figure out how to stack her blocks the right way.  Keep the moment lighthearted and go help with a smile so that she feels supported and not self conscious and judged.

It is your own unique qualities make you an authentic yoga teacher

Flaws not Perfection

Yoga practice is called practice for a very good reason – we are always practicing.  We’re always reaching for perfection and for this reason we will always have flaws.  It’s what makes us human.

It’s always great to teach a class that runs smoothly from beginning to end.  The smartly created flow class that glides seamlessly with smooth verbal instruction and a closes with an inspiring and uplifting savasana and blessing is great. But also rare.

It doesn’t matter that you get tongue tied or forget whether you’ve done the right side as well as the left.  This just demonstrates that you are human. It is always useful to have a class plan but allow it to evolve and change direction, if necessary, to accommodate your students’ needs and energy levels.

Class example: A robotically taught class free of any human connection is yoga gymnastics and will miss its yogic point. This can be a major turn off for students in the room wanting to practice a well rounded yoga class.  As a teacher it is healthy to show flaws.  Yoga is a human practice, so be human!

Honesty not Pretense

Be honest with your yogic knowledge.  The physical, philosophical and spiritual.

By being honest in your answers and teaching you are reinforcing your credibility.  Students will respect you for your honesty. Teaching under pretense is not only a disservice to your students but it is also a disservice to yourself and your teaching.

Class example:  If you don’t know the limitations that a very specific medical condition will have on your student’s practice, don’t guess!  Admit you do not know for sure and offer to do some research so that you can teach safely. Your students will appreciate your honesty and commitment to finding out more.

Curiosity not Complacency

Yoga study is never complete.  There is such a vast amount to learn.  Even in our own personal practice we will learn more as our bodies age, our life experiences change and our outlook on life evolves.  

Remaining curious in your yoga practice and teaching ensures that you are always learning and evolving.  There is always more to experience, see and learn.

Class example: You use the same teaching script for every pose and rely on well used sequences.  This is not a bad thing at all as you know what works but by remaining curious and constantly learning you keep your teaching fresh. This can only enrich your teaching skills to ensure that you remain authentic.

In summary, be who you are.  After all, everyone else is taken 🙂

Group of students practicing one downward facing dog on an outside patio.
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Handknitted Winter Accessories for Cozy Yogis

hand knitted accessories
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Colder days and even colder nights are here. How’s a yogi supposed to stay cozy and warm to and from class? Take a look at these lovely handmade Etsy goodies for keeping cozy yogis toasty for your studio visit and beyond!

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Fingerless gloves

Cozy hand knit fingerless cloves

Don’t forget to cozy up your hands with these warm cable knit fingerless gloves. Add some style to your journey to class.

Wooly hat

Girl wearing cozy knitted hat with pom pom

Remember how your Mom told you that you lose all your heat through your head?! One of these scrumptious knitted hats will keep you stylishly warm and keep Mom happy too!

Snug legwarmers

knitted cable leg warmers

With your yoga leggings being cropped how do you keep those exposed ankles warm? Wearing a pair of supersoft leg warmers will help cozy yogis transition from the chilly outdoors to a warm yoga studio.

Cozy cowl

knitted cowl with 2 buttons

What better than a cozy, handmade cowl to keep your neck warm on your yoga commute? Sure to cuten up any yoga outfit.

Toasty headband

blue and cream hand knitted ear warmers

With your yoga ready ponytail comes exposed little ears. Protect yourself from the Winter elements with this fun, knitted headband.

Keep Cozy with Handcrafted Accessories

Snuggly blanket  

girl reading book on comfy chunky knit blanket

Keeping you cozy for an extended savasana or draped over your shoulders for a seated meditation. Super chunky and warm, this blanket will take you from yoga practice to stylish sofa throw in a heartbeat.

Chunky knit scarf

chunky knit scarf from etsy

We all need one of these scarves in our lives! A super, chunky knit to make Winter days warmer.

Soft infinity scarf

A delicate infinity scarf to snuggle in to. Not a knitted one but a crocheted one – a different craft but still a gotta have accessory!

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