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Yoga music: how to get it for free [+ our top picks]

Yes it is possible – we explain how to use royalty-free music in classes, and share our YouTube picks for practicing at home
February 10, 2021
Jamie Beach

“Where can I find free yoga music?” is a question we hear a lot. Whether you want it for your daily practice, or to play it during class, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll look at how to discover and use royalty-free music, the best options for playing at home, and more.

If you’re a yoga student then head to our section on the best YouTube yoga music and Spotify playlists to listen to at home.

If you’re a yoga teacher looking for royalty-free music to play in live classes and pre-recorded videos, then read on…

>>How to play music legally during live yoga classes<<
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Yoga music to play during class

First off: please don’t play commercial (rights-restricted) music during your live classes and on-demand videos. It could lead to big fines if you don’t have prior, paid-for approval from the copyright holder. 

Performing rights organisations like GEMA in Germany and ASCAP in the USA target businesses of all sizes who fail to do so.

Of course, many studios and teachers do it anyway: it’s your decision whether you think the risk is worth it (and fair to the performing artists).

The good news is that there is a solution: royalty-free music. With these tracks, as long as you give the artist credit (more on that later), you’ll be fine to play them during class.

Our two favorite sources for royalty-free music are Free Music Archive and Incompetech, but we've got a few more suggestions if neither of these fit the bill.

Free Music Archive: As the name suggests, this is an online repository of free music. “Free” in the sense that you don’t have to pay for it (but you do have to give the artist credit in the class description!). Try searching for “yoga” and see if you like any of the results.

Incompetech: Intriguing name, quality songs. This hugely popular site is a goldmine for royalty-free music, and covers a wide range of genres. We suggest you start with ‘Relaxing/Chill’.

Other tips include: Epidemic Sound, a music service which offers access to over 30,000 tracks from just €13 a month; YouTube Audio Library, which is free to everyone but requires attribution; and this collection of ambient songs from the musician Moby, which he created for his own yoga practices (again, don’t forget to attribute).

Please be aware with the above: not all music on these sites is available for commercial use, and you must use the attribution required by the owner in the licence.

>>How to play music legally during live yoga classes<<

If you want to add any of these free tracks to your recorded videos, then you can use a free video editor like HitFilm Express (PC & Mac) to upload and add audio tracks. Apple users can use the iMovie software that came bundled with their machine.

Yoga music: free downloads

If you’re looking to download some songs, then any of the services above will let you do so.

On Free Music Archive for example, simply click the down arrow next to the track title (see screenshot above).

On Incompetech, click the ‘Download’ link (see screenshot above).

Once you’ve downloaded the track, you can use a free video editor like HitFilm Express (PC & Mac) to add it to your recorded videos. Apple users can use the iMovie software that came bundled with their machine.

YouTube yoga music and Spotify playlists

If you just want to listen privately for your daily practice, then YouTube yoga music is probably the way to go (Spotify also has some great playlists).

If you’re looking for relaxing yoga music then the 3hr video above has an incredible 100m+ views. Or try this video from Yellow Brick Cinema (12m+ views).

Or if you want yoga meditation music, then this video (245m+ views) is scored by Peder B. Helland and features beautiful nature videos.

If you’re more in the mood for upbeat yoga music then check out this video (6m+ views) from the channel Meditative Mind. Or how about these Yoga Grooves (1.3m+ views) from the same channel.

When it comes to yoga playlists, you can’t go wrong with Spotify’s own, curated ones. The one above features over 200 tracks and lasts 10hrs, but there are lots more style-specific playlists, like this Vinyasa Flow one.

Further Spotify picks include Yoga Girl’s ‘Playlist of the Month’, this ‘yoga flow’ one from Young Jin, and this one from Amanda Bisk.

… and that wraps up our guide to yoga music and where to find it – thanks for reading! If you’re a yoga teacher interested in building a thriving business online, check out Strydal.

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