Meditation resources

Last week I was having a conversation with a friend about meditation - he works for a meditation start up so I was curious to learn more about HIS meditation practice.

As we were talking I noticed how it felt good to just talk about meditation: my body was relaxed and I even started to feel my brain go into that "meditated" state where the little things don't stress me out.

I personally have an interesting relationship with meditation. I know my body and brain crave a consistent practice, but it hasn't always been easy for me to make the time and really drop in.

One thing that helps me tremendously is having a handful of recorded meditations I can turn to when I need more guidance and structure with my practice.

Yes, I've used the apps like Headspace and Calm, which are GREAT for just starting a meditation practice. But I've noticed that most of the mainstream meditation resources leave a little something missing.

I've had the good fortune to practice with some next level teachers. I prefer to have something more personal, a little deeper, a little bit more magic in my meditation Rolodex.

With the holiday this week (and all the family and travel and everything that comes with it!) I wanted to share my personal meditation resources with you.

Below I've linked some incredible teachers and recordings that you can access online for support no matter where you are or what you have time for.


Meditation resources:

- Biet Simkin - Meditation + Music - Biet's an incredible meditation teacher here in NYC. She mainly does in person and private events but I found one of her meditations online (linked here). Her music is also meditative in itself (I love putting in on for some inner peace while commuting or working).

- Orkie Meditations - Orkie is great for a meditation that goes deeper and encourages you to reflect on your own consciousness and subconscious beliefs. You can get a little taste for Orkie on the page I linked. If you're into it, there are many (longer) meditations available for purchase and download.

- Jana Roemer - Yoga Nidra Recordings - Yoga Nidra is the practice of Yogic Sleep and Jana is one of my favorite Nidra teachers. She's based in LA but offers Yoga Nidra recordings every month in connection with the moon cycles. Great for a longer, evening meditation.

- Katonah yoga + pranayama - My current daily meditation practice consists of Katonah yoga and breathwork (pranayama). If you're in NYC you can come experience a class at The Studio, but if not, check out this basic breathwork video I made.

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving!

Simple stress management techniques

The topic of easy stress management came up in nearly all of my health coaching sessions last week, and I can understand why. We are nearing the end of the summer (I know, I don’t want to admit it either!) and work obligations are ramping back up.  I’ve felt this energy too: even though I’ve been away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, I’ve had lots of emails and people reaching out to plan fall events and workshops.

No matter what you got going on this time of year, here are my top tools for stopping stress in its tracks. You can even do most all of these in your office, without getting strange looks from your co-workers ;)

  • Get away from your desk - Go for a walk or go to the bathroom or go fill up your water bottle (you keep a water bottle at your desk, right???). Whatever you do, just get up from your desk. The act of taking yourself out of the environment where stress takes place can help it dissipate, plus the movement will help relive physical tension that has built up in your body.
  • Focus on your breathing - I’ve shared this breathing technique with you all before and it’s my favorite stress-buster because you can do it literally anywhere. Breathing in this way activates your para-sympathetic nervous system (your rest and digest function), physically calming you down.
  • Visualize your happy place - Okay, I’m about to get a little woo woo on you but trust me on this one because it works: Close your eyes and visualize your happy place. Feel what it feels like to be in that place. For me that’s reading on the beach in Maine, sun shining on my skin, salty sea breeze blowing through my hair, no plans or obligations for the rest of the day. My body is relaxed, my face is at ease. If you know you hold tension in a specific part of your body (brow, jaw, shoulders, stomach, etc), focus on softening that area as you build your visualization. Your mind and your body are connected - when you relax the body, the mind will follow. 

Now I want to hear from you - which of these tools will you try out this week? Or maybe you have another technique that you use to stop stress in the moment? Share with us all in the comments below!