Meditation practices have expanded beyond yoga studios. It’s hard to ignore the rise of downloadable apps and strange encounters where your boss asks your team to do five-minute guided sequences during meetings. The ancient practice has marked its presence in our modern world.
Simply put, meditation is a technique meant to increase mindfulness, concentration, focus and awareness. Consistent mediation practices leave you clear headed and increase your emotional IQ. By closing your eyes and shutting off the outside world, you focus your attention internally.
Shutting off your surroundings allows you to focus on your breath and notice what is going on inside your body. Whether you are a novice or an expert, most report that the precious minutes taken to themselves leave them calmer and less anxious. Experts claim that meditation can even increase sleep quality and pain tolerance.

We have adapted meditation into our everyday rituals.

Karen’s Meditation Routine
When: Before bed, when the body is relaxed. Keeping the location of your practice consistent allows you to fall into a calm mental state quicker.
Benefits Experienced: I wake up in the morning refreshed and with a clear head. I can easily push back my cup of matcha a few hours because I don’t feel like I need the caffeine boost. My intuition is enhanced and my mind is less scattered. I don’t forget things throughout the day, complete projects quickly and am less bothered by little nuisances.
Favorite Meditations: I am loyal to the Simple Habit Iphone app.
Soothing Sleep by Glenn Harrold
Chakra Cleansing Meditation by Alison Serour
Enjoy the Phases of the Moon by Liz Richards
Alena’s Meditation Routine
When: After a workout. When my body is wiped out after a good hit session or after a hot yoga class. I find it easy to concentrate and give into stillness when my body is tired and ready to rest.
Benefits: I don’t wake up in the middle of the night as frequently when I meditate. My dreams are clear and I experience less nightmares. I notice an immediate elevation in mood. The residual effects linger, making it easy to be more positive and grateful for little and big things in life.
Favorite Meditations: Spotify offers great options for guided meditations that I added to the end of my workout playlist!
Mindfulness and Acceptance by Deepak Chopra 
Letting Go Meditation (Alpha) by Donna D’Cruz
Guided Meditation: Deep Relaxation by The Honest Guys
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Podcasts can be a valuable resource for your personal growth. Stories teach lessons and broaden our perspectives on the world. They can be a good alternative to music playlists and can entertain you while you’re cooking, exercising, cleaning, or commuting to work. Our picks revolve around podcasts led by experts, influencers, and entertainers set out to inspire listeners with their stories. The following podcasts are guaranteed to distract you from tedious tasks, make you smile, laugh, and update you on new findings in the health and wellness space.
  1. The Good Life by Stevie and Sazan
  2. The Mind Body Green Podcast
  3. The goop Podcast
  4. Ted Talks Daily
  5. The Elevator
  6. DENtalks powered by DEN meditation
  7. Directionally Challenged
  8. The Happiness Lab
  9. Girls Gotta Eat
  10. Mind Massage
  11. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
  12. Be Well by Kelly podcast
  13. Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso 
  14. 2 Dope Queens
  15. Call Your Girlfriend
  16. The Cosmic Calling
  17. Relationship Advice with Chase & Sarah Kosterlitz
  18. Supernatural with Ashley Flowers
  19. Mile Higher Podcast
  20. Famous Fates
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