The Best Meditation Apps to Help You Zen Out
Kick off the year relaxed and calm using experts’ favorite meditation apps.
Published Jan 11, 2017 5:00 AM
“I’m so glad that meditation apps have become popular downloads,” says wellness expert Jeannine Morris. “What used to be looked at as hippie dippy has become a mainstream necessity.” Whether you hope to relax, focus, or sleep better, meditation apps can help you achieve your healthiest mindset.
Gradually ease yourself into a meditation with the help of Headspace, which will guide beginners to find their best practices. The teacher, Andy, is a classically trained Tibetan Buddhist (and former monk). “It’s important that one works with a certified and trained meditation teacher who offers time tested techniques,” explains MNDFL co-owner Lodro Rinzler. This app is both easy and efficient.
Explore over 3,000 guided meditations, music tracks, talks, and courses available with this free app. There are over 900 instructors in 25 different languages. The wide variety makes it a great tool for people to discover what it is they’re looking to get out of meditation and the best way for them to get it.
Whether you’re a rookie or meditating pro, Calm will help guide you to focus and relax your mind. Different programs and guides focus on happiness, gratitude, self-esteem, sleep, concentration and, of course, calmness. And the beautiful sounds and sceneries will help you escape daily stresses.
Meditation Studio by Gaiam
While the mind may be a complicated thing, this app simplifies it. Meditation Studio by Gaiam refers you to the best practices that to put your mind at ease. Whether that’s getting a better night’s sleep, reducing anxiety, or boosting confidence. You can even schedule sessions for yourself. “Whether you practice for five or 20 minutes daily, with consistency you’ll become more mindful, less stressed, and less reactive,” explains wellness expert Jeannine Morris. She notes that her yoga teacher leads meditations on this app.
Get a peaceful mind on the go with Buddhify. It directs you in the easiest way possible, helping to pick your meditation practice based on what you’re feeling and/or doing at the time you open it. Simply choose what you’re doing, how you feel, and find your practice. It’s that simple.
The Mindfulness App
With the goal to make lives healthier, friendlier, and more lovable, Mindfulness will help keep you and your mind present. Start off with the guided five-day practice and introduction, then browse other three to 30-minute sessions. Available reminders can also notify you to stay mindful on even the busiest days.
Created by bestselling author Dan Harris and teachers Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, 10% Happier includes audio and video practices. “Dan’s simple, secular, scientifically validated style combined with Joseph Goldstein’s voice will walk you through your new practice,” explains Austin Meditation Bar co-owner Lauren Foreman, co-owner of Meditation Bar in Austin. It also introduces new content monthly to keep things interesting.
Omvana has sessions that range from three minutes to an hour long, giving you choices in many topics such as relaxation, wealth, and spiritual growth. It even syncs with your HealthKit to recommend when to meditate based on your state of mind and stress level.
Feeling stressed and pressured? Smiling Mind was created by a non-profit that wants to make meditation accessible for all people, including children, teenagers, and young adults. Their goal is to provide the tools needed to maintain a balanced mind.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Live a kinder, more compassionate existence with the help of this app. Stop, Breathe & Think reminds you to stop and check in with how you’re feeling, breathe to create space between your emotions and thoughts, and then think about how you can relax and strengthen your mindset.