Swirling synth drones, plucky zither, vibrating gongs, whirring bowls, chirping birds, crashing waves. These sounds have become common backing tracks as a disembodied voice projects from our phones, guiding us to get comfortable and notice our breath.
The rise of meditation apps has kicked off a resurgence of at-home practices heavy on the new-age music and ambient sound. But do you really need music to meditate? And if so, are these nature-inspired tunes with faux-Eastern twists always the best choice when you want to relax?
Dr. Rekha Chaudhary, adjunct associate professor at the UC College of Medicine and UC Health oncologist who is also a member of the UC Center for Intergrative Health and Wellness, provides insight.
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