My name is Fred Westra and I am a composer and producer of yoga, meditation, relaxation, Reiki and massage music.
My aim is to add magic to your yoga classes. When I compose my focus is on creating a vibe and melody of music that will touch the hearts of the teachers and students. When your heart is open, anything ‘that is’ can flow.
I have a lovely wife who is a yoga teacher. She plays harmonium and sings mantras. We have a great son who plays ukulele and a sweet daughter who sings, plays piano, guitar, ukulele and bass.
I was a very dedicated hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. My guitar playing was very loud and fast which resulted in a worldwide record deal with my band Xhausted back in 1997. In the year 2000, my wife started to give yoga lessons and she asked me if I could compose music for her. This is where my love for composing yoga and meditation music started. I noticed that when I recorded metal music my body would be full of adrenaline, and at the end of the sessions I would have headaches. When I recorded yoga music I felt calm and more open. In the end, composing yoga music is the most rewarding to me with growing and learning as a composer and as a spiritual human being. One thing I learned through music: There is always a solution for everything.
As a 5 year old kid I heard my parents play the music of Ennio Morricone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, what beautiful music! Since then, the music of Ennio Morricone has been the greatest inspiration for me.
I also love the music of Bach, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stevin McNamara, Dana Devi, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Praful and so on.