Music is an integral part of a breathwork session. It is a facilitator of sorts, for the intent of your breathwork.
The music is used to calm you down at the start. Then some time into the session, you would hear a more intense, orchestral sound to make the journey inward to your psyche possible.
Towards the end of the session, you’d switch to light ‘heart’ music to bring you to a calm state of mind.
So, the best music for breathwork instantly elevates your session.
We put together a list of 10 tracks that we know would be excellent additions to your breathwork playlist.
A quick guide
- 1 1. Michelle D’Avella’s Breathwork Playlists
- 2 2. Hammers
- 3 3. Only Questions
- 4 4. Mandara
- 5 5. Unearthed
- 6 6. Comptine d'un autre été
- 7 7. Gopala Lullaby (Lifeline Mix)
- 8 8. Habenero
- 9 9. Inuit Wedding
- 10 10. Tabla Talk
- 11 The Best Mantra Music for your Breathwork
- 12 Final Word
Curator: Michelle D’Avella
Michelle D’Avella is the person behind Pushing Beauty, a Breathwork-based healing place.
She uses breathwork as a way to teach her students to cope with their personal issues.
Along with her training and counseling, she found the time to compile many playlists that she personally curated for breathwork.
We just had to let you go through these wonderful compilations. Take your time to try out each one until you find the one that speaks to you most.
One of our favorites was the playlist Wrinkle in Time, which featured tracks like Geronimo by Sheppard and Foreigner’s God by Hozier.
Artist: Nils Frahm
Berlin pianist Nils Frahm has been locked into a pattern of releasing soft, sumptuous neoclassical compositions.
His feverish playing is so stimulating that it’s slightly nerve-wracking.
Nerve-racking is something you can use in stages of breathwork sessions.
Artist: Max Richter
The music from the first season of the HBO series ‘Leftovers’ is an excellent backdrop for a journey inward.
The powerful HBO show was complemented perfectly by this track from Max Richter.
The lovely use of the piano relaxes you, and is perfect to finish off a potentially intense breathwork session.
This 6-minute track from the album Feast of Silence, is from the Alternative world musical group Vas.
The band is composed of Persian vocalist Azam Ali and American percussionist Greg Ellis.
The music is haunting and the vocals takes it to another level entirely. A very apt companion for breathwork.
Artist: E.S. Posthumus
This excellent album has given us some great tracks like Ulaid, Harappa, and Nara. The album is a study in transportation to a distant time and place.
You can feel the music gently, and then significantly, effecting your body rhythms.
Give a listen to all 13 tracks in the album, and I guarantee at least 3 or 4 will make it onto your playlist.
Artist: Yann Tiersen
This truly magnificent track is from the score of the universally loved film, Amelie.
It is an accordion-based track that should set the mood for any breathwork session.
Artists: Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach
Listening to this 4 minute 43 second track will soothe, relax and center you.
The track is based on a rather popular lullaby, and an ode to Lord Krishna.
It uses a lot of Eastern instruments, and it feels very organic. The vocals further add to this earthy feel.
Artist: Greg Haines
A 6 and a half minute track from the album Where we Were is a truly wonderful companion for breathwork.
Tribal and cosmic is how I would describe it if I wanted it to be a bit clickbait-y.
But you’ll find it an apt description, once you hear the track for the 24th time on loop.
Artist: Sainkho Namtchylak
This 4-minute track from the album Naked Spirit incorporates bovine canter rhythms and breathy vocalizations.
The vocals are haunting and the music sticks with the theme.
Artist: Raul Ferrando
Percussion is always going to play a big part in breathwork music. It has just the right effect on a person’s pulse.
This track is all percussion. It is 3 and a half minutes of spell-binding music.
Now that you’re on the path of breathwork, you should also know that music plays a huge part in the experience.
This is where our expertise lies, and we thought we should give you a few recommendations as to what music you can play during a breathwork session.
Nirvana Shatakam is a mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva, or the eternal consciousness.
It is a great mantra to destroy your ego, which is very useful in a breathwork setting.
Give it a listen here, before grabbing your own copy.
Sudarshana Ashtakam is a Hindu prayer to Lord Sudarshana.
It is widely popular because of the healing benefits listeners have felt. It should be played during breathwork, if you want to combat any illness.
You can listen to it for free here, and grab a copy if it's right for you.
Tayata Om Mantra is a Buddhist Mantra. It asks the great Buddha to move you past the influences of pain and suffering.
You can find true liberation, only when you have moved past your reactions to your challenges.
Listen to our version here. If you like it, consider getting a copy of the mantra.
This was our first shot at curating music for breathwork.
We’re sure you’ll find a lot of good ideas here, to get your breathwork playlist just right.
But if mantras and chants are more your speed, you should definitely check out our best mantras for breathwork post.