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How to Turn the Amazon Alexa Into Your Own Personal Zen Coach

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AI robot friends are becoming better and better at helping you crush your health goals. (Just check out all the ways Alexa and the Google Home can help you live healthier.) And since April is National Stress Awareness Month—and everyone in America is basically a walking stress explosion, according to the American Psychological Association—it's the perfect time to put AI to good use. With any Amazon Alexa–enabled device (the Echo, Echo Dot, or Fire TV), you can channel inner peace without even pressing a button. (Stressing about a health problem? Great news: Alexa has a new doctor friend that can help you out.)

To get started with any of these commands, you'll need to enable the skill on your device by either going to each skill page on Amazon.com and clicking "Enable," doing so on your Alexa app, or even just by saying "Alexa, enable Yoga Trainer," so that she'll be ready to serve up some ~chillness~ whenever you ask.

"Alexa, ask Yoga Trainer to start a new session."
Flow through 26 Bikram yoga postures that will sharpen your mind, improve your balance, and get you feeling centered, ASAP. (No Alexa? Try this four-minute de-stressing yoga flow instead.)

"Alexa, ask Be Mindful for a two-minute meditation."
Tap into an instructor from InsightLA, a Los Angeles–based meditation studio, for a quick, cost-free meditation. Ask Alexa for a one-, two-, or five-minute meditation to get calm before that big meeting, first date, or dinner with the in-laws. (BTW, here's what you need to know about mindfulness.)

"Alexa, ask Peaceful Habit for a 10-minute meditation."
If you're a meditation fan but need more than five minutes to really ~let go~, Peaceful Habit has 5-, 10-, 20-, and even 40-minute meditations ready whenever you need them. (Sounds like a perfect activity for #SelfcareSunday, am I right?)

"Alexa, start deep breathing."
With the Deep Breath skill, Alexa guides you through a step-by-step, short breathing exercise that promotes breathing and imagery for stress reduction. Just close your eyes, speak the magic words, and go to your happy place.

"Alexa, ask Buddha Quotes to give me some calm."
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." If Buddha wisdom like that gets you going, then this might be the perfect morning ritual to start your day.

"Alexa, ask Thrive for a power-down."
Can't calm your racing mind before bed? Ask Alexa for a power-down eight-minute meditation from Thrive, and you'll be slipping peacefully off to dreamland before you know it.

"Alexa, give me an affirmation."
Sometimes, peace of mind is just a quick quote away. Ask Alexa for an affirmation from Unique Daily Affirmations to shape your day in a positive way. (Seriously—positive affirmations are super powerful.) Simply say it in front of a mirror while looking at your reflection—or better yet, grab some mala beads and meditate on it.

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