10 Best Products To Start Meditating

With so much going on in the world, we could all use something to feel calmer. Satisfying, research has shown that meditation can help reduce anxiety and depression, relieve insomnia, and more.

Meditation is a technique that has been used for thousands of years to develop awareness of the present moment. It can include exercises to sharpen focus and attention, connect body and breath, develop acceptance of difficult emotions, and even alter consciousness.

However, it can be daunting to start meditating. With so many apps, tools, and devices out there, it can be difficult to sort through what you really need to make your meditation journey successful.

We surveyed our editors who meditate to find out what helps them connect with their bodies and minds. Here are their recommendations to get you started.

Guns Yoga Mat 5mm

“This yoga mat is not too firm, but not too soft either. It’s supportive and comfortable – and I feel supported and safe when I meditate or take a deep breath.

It comes in a variety of colors and is also eco-friendly and biodegradable, so I feel like I’m taking care of the earth in a small way when I meditate on it.” — Christy Snyder, Editor II, Healthline

Julianne Aiello Yoga daily practice

Julianne Aiello Yoga daily practice

“I have practiced yoga under the guidance of Julie Aiello, both in person and virtually, and through her company Outdoor Yoga SF on the beaches of San Francisco. I have friends who have been to her yoga retreats and have done her small meditation groups. In some cases it has helped them to feel grounded to have the same people to return to.

“Based on those experiences, I highly recommend her meditation group. But it’s really about any group you can join or create if a sense of responsibility, community, or live accompaniment helps you meditate. — Candice Abellon, Editor-in-Chief, Healthline

Restore charcoal and Tonka scented candle

Restore charcoal and Tonka scented candle

“I love having specific scents or aromatherapy tools that I only use when meditating or relaxing. For me, for my brain it means it’s time to relax or decompress.

“I light this candle when I meditate, and it’s a nice scent (charcoal and tonka) that isn’t too overpowering.” — Melissa Lee, Editor I, Healthline

Peloton Meditation

Peloton Meditation
  • Price: free trial, $ per month

“Before using Peloton Meditation, I wasn’t really one to sit still (I’m a bit of a multitasker). I tried Peloton Meditation during a company-wide exercise challenge, and 2 years later I’m still addicted.

“Chelsea Jackson Roberts, my favorite meditation coach, helps me really turn off the noise and focus on an intention. It helps that the music she uses and her voice are both so soothing. The 10-minute sleep meditation is a personal favorite for my nighttime relaxation.” — Anne Arntson, senior text editor, Healthline

Plant Therapy Lavender Pre-Diluted Essential Oil Roll-On

Plant Therapy Lavender Pre-Diluted Essential Oil Roll-On

“The research behind essential oils is complicated, but what many researchers have discovered is that there is definitely a… relationship between smell and emotion. I love to use scent as a way to intentionally arouse different emotions. I keep specific scents for different activities: I light rose candles when I’m in the bath and want to feel pampered, and I spread eucalyptus when I’m cleaning and want to feel refreshed. I associate lavender with meditation and relaxation.

“This lavender essential oil roll-on helps clear my head and sinks me deeper into my meditation. I just roll it on my neck and wrists and take a deep breath. It’s also great for anyone who has pets that are sensitive to essential oils as it doesn’t spread the scent around the room. — Jen Anderson, text editor, Healthline

Retrospec Sedona Meditation Cushion

Retrospec Sedona Meditation Cushion

“The meditation cushion is a practical meditation aid that helps prevent my legs from falling asleep. There is nothing more distracting while meditating than suddenly being sedated!

I like this one because it’s affordable and the color of the sea glass is my jam.” — Crystal Hoshaw, Special Projects Editor, Healthline

BlueRidgeBrands Teak Meditation Bench

BlueRidgeBrands Teak Meditation Bench

“A meditation bench is another great option for pins and needles or for those who need an alternative to cross-legged sitting. This allows you to sit in a comfortable hero’s position without putting pressure on your knees.

I prefer the foldable version of teak as the wood is of high quality and easy to store.” — hoshaw

Offgrid Mindfulness Awake Meditation Timer & Clock

Offgrid Mindfulness Awake Meditation Timer & Clock

“I love this little clock as my alarm clock and my meditation timer. It has the option of a single-bell bell or a multi-ring bell, both of which are calm and soothing.

It also has a timer setting so you can sit in meditation and close with the bell sound. There’s also a ‘hide screen’ setting so you’re not watching!” — hoshaw

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Wise@Work

“The [email protected] app has been fundamental for me to build the core muscles of mindfulness and also to integrate mindfulness into my work rhythms.

“They have exercises that are specifically categorized based on key meditation fundamentals (in teaching series), mood, and work scenarios. This has also supported my work-life balance for the past 4 years.” — Anthony Machi, senior associate, Medical News Today

Calm

Calm

“The Radical Self-Care series, created by Lama Rod Owens on the Calm app, has been healing for me.

The fragility and wisdom of Lama Rod in this series has supported me to be present with my natural body, breath and mind – and embrace myself there. I really enjoyed this series and practice in it often.” — machi

10 Best Products To Start Meditating

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