THE BEST MEDITATION APPS
According To Experts
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As if the delightful illustrations on the Headspace app aren’t enough of a sell, the guided courses and quick meditations should do the trick. The team have branded Headspace as “your gym membership for the mind” and believe that your mind is a muscle that deserves just as much attention as your biceps. Beyond practicing silencing your rapid thoughts while sitting with your legs crossed, the app offers sleep music and soundscapes to help you get to sleep.
Cost: $13 monthly with a seven-day free trial, or $70 annually with a two-week free trial
Just as the name of this meditation app states, Calm is a portal to peace of mind. Once you open the app, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times, you're invited to complete the Daily Calm or locate a meditation more specific to soothing what you have going on: anxiety, stress, a desire to break bad habits, etc. Further, there are walking meditations, body scans, masterclasses, and Sleep Stories—one of which comes courtesy of Matthew McConaughey. Nothing like letting his Southern drawl tuck you in at night.
Cost: $70 annually with a seven-day free trial
If Simple Habit is for busy bees, Aura is for hustlers who have barely enough free time to read this blurb. Just stop reading and download this app. For anyone else who maybe needs a way to help quickly calm their nerves before a date, soothe their worries during an airline takeoff, or get jolted out of a moment’s panic, Aura may be a good choice. Its collection of three-minute sessions and 30-second anxiety busters are designed to save you from such intense situations.
Cost: Premium membership costs $12 monthly, $60 annually, or $400 for lifetime use.
Mindfulness is the goal with Smiling Mind, a free meditation app developed by psychologists and educators that offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. Particularly if you feel anxious about the coronavirus or your kids feel stressed about disruptions to their everyday normal lives, this is an app that will have solutions for the whole family.
10% Happier hears your “I suck at meditation” and responds by saying its app is “meditation for fidgety skeptics.” An offshoot of the New York Times best-selling book by the same name, the app (which is great for beginners!) connects you directly with expert teachers who can coach you through the basics of meditation. They even personally respond to your queries, usually within the day. The point of the app is this: Chaos will reign, but with a little help from its gratitude, joy, and love meditations, you can indeed become just a bit happier.
Cost: $100 annually with a seven-day free trial
The actual Inscape is a meditation studio in NYC with sound and smellscapes designed to instantly transport its members to tranquility. But the app has just the same effect, and you don’t have to take the subway. It offers the usual suspects: guided meditations, custom sleep sessions, stress reducers, and the like. But where Inscape sets itself apart is with playlists. Categorized by life’s moments (Tinder Troubles, Overcoming Your Fears, Study Chill), each little melodic meditation has your back.
Cost: $10 monthly or $59 annually with a free seven-day trial
It’s easy to find a meditation app that touts a free trial. It’s a lot harder to find a quality meditation app that is in its entirety free. Enter the unicorn of gratis meditation apps: Insight Timer. A multifaceted gateway to more than 30,000 guided sessions that tap into every emotion rattling your nerves, it also offers relaxing music tracks, a section for kids, and therapeutic pep talks from the likes of Indian yogi Sadhguru and psychotherapist Anthony DeMello.
STOP, THINK & BREATHE
Though many meditation apps require your credit card number before offering anything truly helpful, the Stop, Breathe & Think app has a fairly robust slate of meditations completely free. Every time the app is opened, it invites you to check in with your feelings; you fill out a quick survey that leads you to a choice of meditations tailored to your needs on that particular day.
Cost: You can access more than 20 activities for free. Premium memberships are $10 monthly or $59 annually
Buddhify, a family-run app, isn’t saying you should quit your job and move to Tibet. But it is saying a little Buddhification to your everyday life can make a world of difference. That doesn’t mean sitting still for half an hour—unless you want to (the app does have a selection of formal meditations if you’re so inclined). What sets the Buddhify app apart is its focus on mobile and on-the-go meditation sessions. It’s a way to introduce meditation into daily circumstances: like during a work break, while you’re with a friend, when you can’t sleep, when you’re trying to keep from drunk dialing...
Cost: $30 annually
Respect to all of those meditators who can quiet their minds for hours at a time (yes, they exist). But according to Simple Habit, all it takes is five minutes to achieve quietude. And though several of the meditation apps on this list include quickie meditation sessions in their catalogs, this app, which dedicates the bulk of its library to brief sessions, might be the best fit for the busiest of bees. Pro tip: It’s the antidote to those frustratingly long grocery lines.
Cost: $12 monthly, $90 annually
Meditations, chants, mantras from Sanskrit scholars: This app is for serious Zen seekers only. Sattva (which translates to “existence”) is one of the most comprehensive meditation apps. In addition to guided meditations led by the top experts in the industry and mental wellness high-fives like trophies and progress trackers, Sattva taps into your physical health too. It’s equipped with a heart rate monitor and a mood tracker, meaning you can see in the palm of your hand the effects of your practice on your health.
Cost: $108 for lifetime use
Tiffany Cruikshank, a registered yoga teacher and founder of Yoga Medicine®, says she loves the YogaGlo app because it has "a large variety of guided meditations to choose from with such well-respected teachers."
Plus, you can customize your workout by choosing the length, teacher, and/or level you want, as well as a variety of topics and focal points that can help you zero in on specific meditation goals, Cruikshank says, adding that the app is a great option for new or experienced meditators. Added bonus? You'll also have access to teacher-led yoga classes within the app.
Cost: Free 7-day trial/ $22.99 per month after trial