Early ballots for the 2016 Grammy Awards included nearly two dozen albums inspired by bhakti yoga. We listened to them all to choose our favorite yoga music for the year. Practice to the playlist.
Need some new tunes for your practice playlist? Listening to music can boost your chances of sticking to an exercise program by 70 percent, so why not try some bona fide yoga music while you're at it? Nearly two dozen albums inspired by bhakti yoga (the path of devotion) made it on to the 58th Grammys First Ballot list last October.
Unless you're in the music industry, you probably don't know exactly what that means. Here's how the voting process works: albums that meet the eligibility requirements are included on the first ballot, which goes out to the Recording Academy's 13,000 voting members in October. By early November, members vote for one album per category that they believe should be nominated for a Grammy. During a second round of voting, which ends in mid-January, members choose one nominee per category that they believe deserves a Grammy Award.
The kirtan-centric Bhakti Without Borders, by Madi Das, nabbed a nomination for Best New Age album, marking only the third time a kirtan album has received that honor. Will it win the Grammy? We hope so! But either way we have a great new practice playlist for you. We listened to ALL of the yoga-inspired selections on the ballot to come up with this list of our top picks in yoga music for the year. These albums interweave the melodies and mantras of India with some yoga-inspired lyrics and a melting pot of musical genres guaranteed to inspire you. All of the artists practice yoga, and many of them teach it, too. Learn more about our favorites, then practice to the playlist!