Yoga might be an ancient art, but the 5,000-year-old practice remains as essential as ever. Yogis everywhere enjoy the physical and emotional benefits, which are thought to be calming and restorative. But that doesn’t mean the soundtrack to accompany your next session has to be.
While soothing, ambient sounds—like Tibetan singing bowls and chimes, and the serene tones of nature—tend to comprise the traditional yoga soundtrack, some 21st-century practitioners have begun to think outside the box. In fact, when Spotify dug into unexpected genres found on yoga playlists, we found that pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and reggae are being used to inspire yoga practices. For some, yoga is also taking the opportunity to get creative and expressive with the right beats to match.
Today, more and more people are turning to one of Spotify’s 2.4 million user-generated, yoga-inspired playlists to stream while in downward dog. In fact, there’s been an 11% increase in yoga playlist streams year-over-year.
If you’re looking to spice up your own yoga playlist, look no further than some of the top streamed songs on yoga playlists around the world:
- Kendrick Lamar – LOVE.FEAT.ZACARI.
- Halsey – Now or Never
- Post Malone – I Fall Apart
- Khalid – Location
- Bob Marley and the Wailers – Is This Love
- Justin Timberlake – Say Something
- Future – Selfish
- The xx – Intro
- Coldplay – Fix You
- José Gabriel González – Heartbeats
Meanwhile, Spotify data shows that Pinoys still prefer traditional ambient music for their yoga sessions. Prefer to feel calm and relaxed instead? Check out one of Spotify’s many yoga or meditation options.