Recently, I was in a restorative yoga class and at the end of the class, while we were in shavasana the instuctor started playing this very beautiful piece of music that had a constant and steady beat to it, with some instrumental musical accompaniment. I remember thinking, lying there with my eyes closed and my limbs all splayed out, this is soooooo relaxing. Normally, I don’t enjoy when instructors talk during shavasana, because I feel like this is my quiet time for myself after an intense yoga session. But this time, I felt different, maybe because it was restorative yoga, so the intensity was practically nill, and I was in a pretty relaxed state after an hour of super chill stretching. I actually welcomed the information the instructor was spewing forth.
He started talking about the music that was playing and the beat was 60 bpm which he said was perfect for shavasana and also for helping bring the heart rate down. And what he said has stayed with me since then. So I’m wondering if listening to music that’s 60 bpm keep the heart rate down and also have any other benefits? Here’s what I found from my quick research:
It relaxes and induces a deeper state of calm
“A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.” You can read more about it in this article from ShortList.
It helps improve sleep quality
“Music can reduce sympathetic nervous system activity, decrease anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts. Control groups have not been used in most previous studies.” Read more about it from this study.
It can help with other activities
Not only is it helpful during yoga, but it also provides motivation for other activities such as gardening and studying. Check out Mashable’s Perfect music BPM for 8 daily activities.
The list also provides recommendations for higher bpm music for more energetic activities like running and cycling.
So there is something to be said about listening to 60 bpm music
I tried it this morning and found a song on youtube that was 60 bpm. It didn’t quite have that constant beat in the background that I first heard in that yoga class, but it’s still pretty good. Listen here. In the meantime, the next time I see that yoga instructor, I’ll have to get the name of the song he used and I’ll be sure to share it with you.