Savasana songs to know and love

Kids love ice cream!

Kids love silliness!

Kids love savasana!

Yes, you read that right.

breath-budsI used to be surprised when kids begged for a longer savasana at the end of class (or begged to begin with one!) especially when the begging was coming from the most movement-seeking, attentionally-challenged kids in the class. But now I’ve come to expect their enthusiasm. After a moment or two of settling in, it feels fantastic to lay still but not be going to bed. It’s not often that any of us make space to truly quiet down and have no demands or distractions to respond to.  With the the lights dimmed, and action quieted, the sensory load on growing brains is diminished, and kids seem hungry for that pause.

Some adult savasanas are done in silence, and I appreciate the good of that, the “truly nothing” happening in the room.

However, music, as they say, hath charms…and the right music can set a soothing tone, influence deeper, slower breathing, encourage kids to focus their thoughts, or make it clear that big feelings are okay.

The music I choose for savasana depends on the age of the kids, the themes we’ve explored that day, and the specific group I’m working with. Since we often begin with focused breathing or a guided visualization, that’s a good place for wordless music. Once we’re simply resting, I like to add a song or two with a peaceful, encouraging, open-hearted message, or one that suggests some easy mental imagery for kids to follow. Some of my current faves are listed below. Share yours in the comments section!

Savasana music – instrumental

Tortoise from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

Lullaby (Sandman) by George Winston

Accordion Bells by Leo Kottke

Farewell (From the Million Dollar Arm Soundtrack) by A.R. Rahman

Love Me by Yiruma

Wishful Thinking by The Album Leaf

Brooks Cabin (from the Fronteir House Soundtrack) by Edward Bilous

Prelude and Yodel by Penguin Cafe Orchestra


Savasana music – with lyrics

Colors by Kira Wiley

Blackbird by The Beatles

Take a Little Walk with Me by Alastair Moock (with Elizabeth Mitchell)

Little Boat by Jennifer Gasoi

Rainbow by Charlie Hope

Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars by Leela and Ellie Grace

Oh, Watch the Stars by Elizabeth Mitchell (with Aoife O’Donovan)

Breathe by The Rockdoves

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

In The Clouds by Laurie Berkner

Quiet One by Big Little Lions

Pink Moon by Nick Drake

The Best Day  by Taylor Swift

Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson

(kids 10 and up seem to especially love these last two)


Just sit in the middle…

imagesWhen children’s music is good, it is very, very good.

The music of Jennifer Gasoi definitely falls into the very, very good category. Jennifer is a Canadian musician, and her album, Throw a Penny in the Wishing Wellis the very deserving winner of the 2014 Grammy Award for best Children’s Album.

I’ve recently added Jennifer Gasoi’s Little Boat to my collection of great songs for savasana/final resting. Her voice is gorgeous, the tempo is soothing, and the lyrics remind the children (and grown-ups!) to breathe and watch their thoughts. Quite lovely.

Listen to it here.