Meditation

So Hum Breath Meditation & Yoga Nidra Inspired Body Scan

By Nicole Urdang | July 21, 2021
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Here is a fairly short practice that starts with a silent So Hum breath meditation and seamlessly moves into a different kind of body scan. What I love about this is how it’s perfect before sleep, upon waking, or anytime during the day. The body scan is my riff on a classical yoga nidra body […]

Insight Timer: My Curated List Of Their Best Meditation Teachers

By Nicole Urdang | June 24, 2019
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I am a huge fan of the free app: Insight Timer. It has over 100,000 meditations. While I certainly haven’t listened to all of them, I have sampled many. With such an embarrassment of riches it’s a bit daunting to sort through them and bookmark all the ones you love. I thought it might be […]

Breathing: 10 Breaths to Create Joy

By Nicole Urdang | February 16, 2015
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Humans needed to survive in harsh conditions since our earliest cave dwelling days. As a result, our brains got very good at sensing danger. If we had a traumatic event, or even a close call, we had to learn from one experience to avoid those situations and any that looked like them in the future. […]

Shanti, Shakti, Prema, Bhakti Meditation For Centering

By Nicole Urdang | December 31, 2013
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This is a very short, restorative, centering meditation you can do sitting on the floor, sitting in a chair, or even lying down. To start, center yourself with a few deep diaphragmatic breaths, making each one a bit slower and more relaxed than the last. With your hands in prayer, and thumbs touching at the […]

Mindfulness

By Nicole Urdang | July 6, 2010
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While walking in the park this morning I happened to notice a man ambling along engrossed in a book. Curious as to what was so compelling, I glanced over and saw it was a large book of watercolors. This perplexed and amused me, as the morning was exceptionally beautiful: a rich blue sky punctuated with […]

Magic Mantra For Instant Stress Relief

By Nicole Urdang | January 26, 2010
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While there are many wonderful mantras in English and Sanskrit, it is helpful to have a simple all purpose phrase when life feels especially challenging. At those times, the shorter the better. “It’s OK” seems to fit the bill, as long as you say it with love in your heart and aim some soothing calm […]