Meditation is undoubtedly one of the most well-known ways for many people to relax and relieve themselves of the stresses and hardships found in everyday life. However, for such a relaxation that’s supposed to mellow you out and leave you feeling clean again, meditation can sometimes be quite confusing and stressful. There are so many videos and instructions out there, which could bombard you with more questions than ways to actually be able to meditate effectively. In order to find your path towards peace and relaxation much easier, here are the best meditation apps for both the iPhone and Android phone systems.
One of the best well-known apps for meditation, Headspace contains a multitude of information regarding meditation such as guided instructional videos, mini-meditations for people on the go, and helpful alerts to help you find time for the practice throughout the day. Headspace even has meditation techniques and practices for kids, with animations to help them better understand the techniques involved much better. Overall what makes Headspace stand out from the rest is its overall user-friendliness, its catering to children as well as adults, and the different types of meditation geared towards people on the go.
The Calm app’s forte is the availability of new meditation practices almost every day. The app provides guided sessions ranging in time from 3 up to 25 minutes. Meditation topics include techniques for calming anxiety to gratitude to mindfulness at work. For those at home, there are also sleep sounds, nature sounds, as well as breathing exercises provided. With Calm, you can really choose what your focus would be. There’s a virtually unending source of meditations as Calm updates its list almost daily. The app also includes a built-in progress tracker and the availability of 7 and 21-day programs for beginners. The app is also free, with in-app optional purchases available for those who would want to avail of premium features
One of the most jam-packed meditation apps out in the market is Insight Timer. The app boasts of having the most experienced mindfulness teachers on it, and allowing its users the most freedom possible with regards to the meditation practice they want. Users have the freedom to pick and choose on what type of meditation you’d want, how long you want to practice, and what style you’d like. Examples of these include body scan meditation, loving and kindness practices, and anxiety and stress reduction. You can simply set the timer and sit without any guidance while the app runs in the background. Besides the variety of guided meditations available, the app also has a tracker that allows its users to chart their progress and earn badges which has the effect of making users come back for more. Insight Timer is free to use, with optional in-app purchases available for users who would want to access premium features
Sattva is a mindfulness app which draws its practices from ancient Vedic meditation principles. The app provides a default setting of 6 minute guided meditations, with extended ones on demand. What makes Sattva stand out from the rest of the crowd are the unique features it provides such as sacred sounds, chants, mantras, and music by Sanskrit scholars. This app is perfect for anyone looking to get more in touch with the history and origin of meditation, and is quite user friendly for those who have just begun their journey. A tracking calendar to keep watch of one’s progress is included, as well as background literature on the history and important events that happened in the years of Vedic meditation. Sattva is free to use with in-app purchases available