This album comes at a very good time for me as I have not only gotten back into doing meditation, but I am also now practicing yoga. I’ve been doing both for the past month and already the health benefits are very evident. So naturally, seeing the arrival of this album by Sayama entitled Yoga Meditations, I was elated. I would at last have some relevant music to work with during my moments of tranquility and peace.
Yoga Meditations is a superb album; the production quality alone is off the scale and pulls one very deeply into the moment with ease. The added use of natural sounds, especially the ocean, is sublime, and this works on many levels, especially with the balancing of the emotion. Track one, “Light of Dawning,” is beyond beautiful, much like the entire album, and it creates such marvelous imagery for the mind to wander within.
“Contemplating Prasada” flows like a mountain stream of ever-living abundance; there is no surprise that this album has been recorded to the OM-Tone or 136.10Hz. One can literally feel the emanation of pure calm flowing from this beautiful recording and this would indeed be a perfect track to play before a meditation, as one seeks to still the mind.
Each track on Yoga Meditations moves seamlessly and with the gentle open arms of Mother Nature. We now flow into “Bindu” and our meditative journey takes us to a land that is swept with such divine flute playing and such emotive work on cello that one cannot fail to be moved at this point. It is as if the divine itself is performing this wondrous sojourn into a realm filled with such magical music.
Now allow the very subtle sounds of the cicada’s and the warm waves of the ocean caress you into the piece “Holding a Peaceful Repose,” where the harmonic convergence of gong and piano create a lush, pleasant land to drift within.
“Eternal Mandela” is yet another opportunity to sample resonance in its supreme quality, and Sayama has manifested something so beautiful here. The chimes of the temple bells greet our ears and the vocalizations are so ethereal, they create an instant moment of ambience as we move far deeper into our meditative journey.
Our penultimate place of musical bliss is called “Karuna.” Now we have reached that place where compassion is obtainable; the music created here is deeper and allows us to literally sit in the tones, as we would wish to sit in a happy and pleasant life. Through this very track, with the utterly masterful performance, one can feel a part of that very compassion and wholeness begin to flow through you. The cello in this piece is simply a stroke of genius and adds a real layer of emotion to the arrangement.
Our last place of repose is called “Greeting Ananda,” and at just under ten minutes in length, this final track is a truly harmonic, truly contemplative way to leave this release. The multi-instrumentation used on this is incredible; the use of the male vocalization and sitar brings us a composition of absolute quality and allows us to feel that very connection to the only real place of truth, the heart.
As a writer and music lover I adored this album, in fact I could sit and listen to it all day. Real Music has long been, and still is a trusted name in music, and with releases like Yoga Meditations, this label really is the only place to go for an album of such quality and depth that helps ones meditative and yoga practices.
Summing up, Yoga Meditations is more than just an album that will assist you in your meditative processes; it’s a release of superb quality that is guaranteed to bring peace, harmony, and balance to your busy lifestyle. Sayama’s careful and attentive approach here has to be admired and respected and as such, you have an album here, dear listener and reader, which will be a caring and loving companion on your journey towards inner peace.