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Meditation Sounds: Mindfulness Music NYC

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Author: Nicole Mungo

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In a frenetic, fast-paced city like New York, taking some time out to relax and reflect is enormously important for your health. All too often people say they just don’t have the time for a bit of quiet introspection – whether it’s in the form of meditation or yoga.

At YOTEL, we’re firm believers that even a few minutes of calm here and there can make a big difference! This is where the importance of meditation sounds comes in; mindfulness music can be a useful soundtrack for doing gentle stretches and calming breaths. Not only does this help you relax, it also helps you focus and find inspiration.

So, to optimise your health it’s time to find your own private corner of NYC and get meditating! Here are a few of our top picks of the best meditation sounds - all available to listen on our MINDFRESH Playlist.


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Meditation Sounds and Mindfulness Music

Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd: Radiant City

Together Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd make bewitching music that’s very effective as far as meditation sounds go. Guthrie’s ethereal, effects-enhanced tones perfectly complement Budd's soft piano, and when unified create a kaleidoscopic ambient soundscape that will allow you to drift away, utterly enchanted. Total bliss…

Brian Eno & Harold Budd: Still Return

If you’re someone who likes meditation sounds to incorporate some elements of nature, then Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s deceptively simple Still Return will take you to a whole other place! Subtle piano sounds blend with electronic treatments and nature recordings to create mindfulness music and deliver a track that is truly beautiful and hauntingly otherworldly.

Jon Hopkins: How I Live Now

Soundtrack composer Jon Hopkins has created beautiful mindfulness music in his album How I Live Now; clean piano chords float above stringed instruments and gentle woodwind - creating the best meditation sounds. The electronic ambiance includes muted guitar harmonics and the calm sounds are incredibly relaxing. Just try not to fall asleep…

Moby: LA7

Moby’s LA7 was created for the sole purpose of being the perfect soundtrack for sleep, yoga or meditation. The ‘LA’ in the track title stands for ‘long ambiance’, and with no drums or vocals, only slow, calm chords, it’s the ideal mindfulness music.

Bop featuring Synkro: Amnesia

Bop’s usually energetic ambient synths are mellowed out in this lovely collaboration with Synkro, who specialises in creating elaborate, emotive and intellectual sounds that work well as mindfulness sounds. Drawing influence from a wide spectrum of ambient and electronic musical styles, this celestial-sounding track is captivating and creates blissful sounds as you meditate.


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5 Tips For Mindfulness Meditation In NYC

Now admittedly, NYC may not seem like the easiest place in the world to master meditation, but with the right know-how it’s easier than you think. Here are some tips for NYC mindfulness meditation.

  1. Forget about trying to have an “empty mind”, especially in a city with as many loud noises as New York. The easiest way to clear your mind is by being mindful of your breathing.

  1. Don’t worry about controlling your breathing – just breathe naturally and observe how your body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your chest, shoulders, lungs and stomach as you begin to meditate.

  1. Concentration meditation – focusing on a single point – also works by concentrating on things like a candle flame or a recurring sound. One of the best ways to achieve mindfulness meditation in NYC is by playing the right music; focus on those meditation sounds, rather than the honking of cars.

  1. If thoughts materialise in your mind, don’t worry. Just observe these thoughts without getting involved or judging them, and then let them drift away - this is the key to meditation.

  1. Figure out what works for you. If sitting down and being quiet doesn’t work, then try tai chi, qigong, or walking meditation. However chaotic it can be living in the Big Apple, one big perk is the different types of mindfulness meditation NYC has to offer. It may take a little experimenting, but you’ll soon figure out what works best for you.


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YOTEL NYC is perfectly situated to explore the Big Apple – and despite its central location, our cosy cabins provide an oasis of calm. Check availability to ensure your stay.

Author: Nicole Mungo

Nicole Mungo contributes to YOTEL New York’s marketing team. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading & a good glass of wine.

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