I take my music very seriously. And admittedly I’m a bit of a snob about it.
I think it stems back to my dating a music journalist who schooled me in rock history (then dated musicians who schools me in why I will never date musicians). But music is very important in Ayurveda as well. Actually, Ayurveda believes that what we listen to has a direct impact on our bodies. Not only because it can greatly affect our moods and the emotional space that we dwell in, Ayurvedic thought says that if we listen to negative, abusive words, it affects our sense of hearing – almost as if to say that our bodies shut down when so it doesn’t need to endure “bad sounds”. So, while I do recognize controversial lyrics from an artistic perspective, I do agree and believe that it can be damaging to surround oneself with mean or misogynistic ideas and songs.
Conversely, beautiful grounding music can help us relax, feel enlightened, and make us feel healthier. I actually have a playlist called “Long Bath” because I find it easier to unwind, with the proper soundtrack. And, its ever so obvious that different music will invoke different energies and influences which affect our doshas. So, here are a couple suggestions of music for each dosha to help you balance and harmonize the internal elements.
Vata-pacifying: Blue Moon by Kendall Johansson. This is such a calming song, its the first thing on my “Long Bath” mix.
Kapha-moving: Valerie by Steve Winwood. Who doesn’t like this song? It always gets me moving – you can just see the “getting ready” 80s movie montage.
Pitta-cooling: Low Shoulder by Toro y Moi. This guy is identified with a genre called “chillwave”. If this isn’t an anti-inflammatory for the ears I don’t know what is.