Music for physical yoga classes in gyms or specialized centers
If you always perform your yoga classes in a gym, hotel, or definitely in one single place, you will not be able to use the music from the above-mentioned platforms.
The reason is that these subscription services only allow the legal use of your music on:
Films, and Series
Personal and commercial projects
For this reason, you will need another type of service whose focus is to provide background music for physical businesses.
As with non-copyrighted music platforms, there are many services on the Internet that provide streaming music for business.
However, we have chosen the best of all to make your search as easy as possible.
Soundtrack Your Brand
When it comes to adding background music for physical business, there is no better solution than Soundtrack Your Brand.
This company created by two former Spotify employees has managed to become one of the top players in the streaming music business.
It has more than 400 radio stations and more than 51 million individual songs that you can use at your convenience in your yoga classes.
In fact, you can delete songs from the preconfigured playlists or create your own playlists from scratch, adding the songs you want to play.
All this through a drag & drop system that is very easy and intuitive.
In addition to this, you can import your own Spotify playlists to be able to play them with Soundtrack Your Brand in a 100% legal way.
How much does Soundtrack Your Brand service cost?
However, the most complete and recommended plan for yoga teachers is the Soundtrack Unlimited ($39,99 per month and location), which is the one that allows you:
Creating Unlimited playlists
Ability to import from Spotify
If you think that the Soundtrack Unlimited plan is the one you are most interested in and you want to subscribe for a whole year, you can save 10% of the total price, reducing the monthly price to $34.99.
But before subscribing for a whole year, you may want to see the platform inside and try it out.
In that case, we have good news.
Soundtrack Your Brand is giving away for a limited time to all its new customers up to 30 days free trial.
This way, if you purchase any of their plans, it’s because you’ve proven that their services are what your yoga classes need.
If you want to enjoy this 100% free trial month, just click on the button below.
If you run yoga classes in public or in multiple locations, you should know this
Soundtrack Your Brand is the perfect music service when you are teaching your yoga classes in just one single place (gym, hotel, specialized centers or your own yoga studio).
However, if your intention is to be a freelance yoga trainer and offer your classes in a park, in an office, or in different locations, Soundtrack Your Brand will not cover the legal aspect of music 100%.
When you subscribe to the service, you must provide the business details as well as the location of the business where you will be using the streaming service.
Therefore, if you use the music outside that location, you will not be meeting the requirements, and you will be using their service incorrectly (and illegally).
It will be assumed that you are conducting a “public performance”, that is, a performance in a public place or any place where people gather.
It is also considered a public performance if it is done with radio, television, or Internet broadcasts.
Therefore, to avoid the illegal use of Soundtrack Your Brand’s music, you will need to purchase a so-called Public Performance License.
What is the Public Performance License?
In short, this license is the one that allows the use of a certain music track for public broadcasting.
Where can I purchase the Public Performance License?
Copyright societies are usually entities that issue this type of license.
You already know the most representative PROs.
However, if you are in any other country and do not know who issues this type of license in your territory, Soundtrack Your Brand provides a long list of countries with their respective Copyright Societies, which you can find here.
Yoga classes with music: which are the best genres? Which style to choose?
In yoga, as in many other sectors, traditional techniques are in permanent evolution and change.
In its origins, yoga was practiced in silence, with no sound other than that of one’s own breath.
Later on, nature sounds were introduced, such as sea waves, dolphin chants or rain dripping, as well as mantras, repeated chants in which to place the attention and get an optimum level of concentration.
Tibetan music has also been used, composed in soft rhythms by flutes, bowls and gongs, ethnic music, formed by drums and percussion elements, or even classical music, with instruments such as violin, piano, or bagpipes.
However, at present, there are yoga schools and professionals who have decided to go further with the musical aspect, breaking with the traditions and proposing the practice of yoga under pop rhythms, folk, indie, reggae, bossa nova, relaxed electronic music, and even hip hop.
All of this with the purpose of proposing different rhythms, entertaining and surprising the participants, while at the same time allowing them to enjoy yoga and obtain all its physical and mental benefits.
Therefore, we cannot venture to choose a particular type of music that is better for a yoga class.
Just as there are different types of yoga (Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Japa Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kundalini Yoga…) with different goals and rhythms, the music to be used depending on the type of yoga can also be different.
In the end, the objective of music in yoga is to complement the exercises and positions.
Therefore, as long as you achieve that main goal, you can unleash your creativity when choosing the ideal music for your class.
However, if you need help with that, here are 5 tips that will make your job much easier.
5 Keys for choosing the best music for your yoga classes
Do not use any type of music
The fact that there is no ideal music for any yoga class does not make it good to use any music genre.
If you make that mistake it is very likely that, far from creating a favorable mood in your students, you will cause your class and your reputation as a yoga professional to be questioned.
Defining the purpose of music
To avoid the above mistake, it is best to establish the targets of the class, and therefore, the music you will use.
For example, if you are looking to work on stress, perhaps the background music you should use is soft, relaxing music. Or if the goal is to eliminate sadness, a good soundtrack will have a happy and dynamic rhythm.
Choosing music that motivates your pupils
You know that music has a direct impact on the emotions and mental states of any person.
Therefore, the music you use in your yoga class should evoke pleasant feelings.
This way, students will associate your class with something positive and will come back more motivated the following times.
Use music at a smooth volume
In the practice of yoga, music is important, but it is not the most important thing.
The music tracks you choose should play as a background throughout the practice.
To achieve this, you must emphasize the volume so that it is neither so loud that it can disturb your participants nor so low that it causes some discomfort.
Likewise, the changes between the different music tracks must be done in a smooth way, without sudden changes of rhythm or volume.
Add moments of silence -if necessary-
At some points in the class, you may need to have absolute silence.
For example, there are some parts of the class, such as the beginning or end, that it may be best to stop the music.
Don’t hesitate to do so if you feel it is necessary. This will remove any distractions from your participants and keep them focused.
If you’ve reached this point, you probably don’t have any doubts about it.
Using music in your yoga classes is a great idea to connect with your students and help them achieve the best results.
However, to use music correctly in your classes, you should follow the 5 tips we just gave you.
But not only that, you will also have to:
Be careful with the copyright of the songs you use.
Know if your classes are going to be online or in person.
If your goal is to perform on-site yoga classes in one place, Soundtrack Your Brand will be the perfect service to establish the soundtrack for your class.
However, if you plan to carry out your classes in different locations, you must acquire the Public Communication License (as long as you use copyrighted music).
All of them offer you huge music libraries where you can find the perfect yogi music.
You will be able to make unlimited downloads during the time that the subscription lasts, all this without limits of use and without having to worry about the copyright of the songs.
However, each one has different features, and although all three are the best platforms in the industry, only one of them will be your best option.
Choose yours and start creating yoga classes that your users will love.
If you think there are some questions that have been left unanswered throughout the article, they may be in this section
Below you can see the frequently asked questions that our users have asked us about this subject.
Do I need permission to play music in my yoga class?
Playing music during a yoga class, no matter where is recognized as a public performance.
This means that you must obtain the copyrights that are under the so-called “Public Communication License”.
You can acquire this license by paying a fee to the Copyright Society of your country where you currently reside.
Here you will find the list of countries and their respective Copyright Societies.
What happens if I don’t pay to use music in my yoga classes?
You will be making an illegal act and, in case you are found to be breaking the law, you may be fined or even held legally responsible.
Copyright Societies usually have inspectors who investigate places that use background music, making sporadic inspections.
Many freelance teachers and other professionals have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for this type of infringement.
Therefore, we do not recommend not paying for the use of background music in your classes. Not only because it’s illegal, but because you can never be safe about it.
If I use music in my yoga classes from Spotify, YouTube or other services, is it legal?
No, it is not legal.
Even if you’re paying for a service like Spotify, that doesn’t give you the right to use the music for commercial purposes, like performing your yoga classes.
A subscription to Spotify only entitles you to personal and private use of the music.
I am a teacher, and I know that my gym or studio has a music license. Can I have peace of mind?
In case you only offer your yoga classes at that center, you can be sure.
On the other hand, if you also hold your yoga classes in other centers or locations, you will need a service like Soundtrack Your Brand, as well as to acquire the Public Communication License from a Copyright Society.
Do I also need a license if I only use CDs, disks, tapes, radio or TV?
Yes, you will need a license to play CDs, discs and/or tapes.
Although it is advisable to make sure of this by contacting your local Copyright Society first.
What is a "Sync" license and when do I need it?
In case you want to release online yoga classes synchronized to music, you must purchase a Sync License from your local Author’s Society.
However, if you subscribe to the services mentioned above (Epidemic Sound, Envato Elements, or Artlist), you will not need to purchase any additional license.
This is something that will considerably reduce the cost of acquiring the music for your classes.
If you want to know more about the different types of music licenses, take a look at our beginner’s guide by clicking on the link.
Pablo Olóndriz – Legis Music Founder-
Pablo Olóndriz founded Legis Music in 2016 and, since then, has been working non-stop on the online Royalty-Free industry, managing to build a great source of information for people who need amazing background music for their projects and videos.
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