Best Meditation Apps: A Guide

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Cost: To free.

Best for: Those who either have a space with the silence of a bank safe or time to practice when no one else in the house is awake.

-Samantha Selinger-Morris

Calm is a one-stop-shop for meditation, sleep stories, music, breathing and movement techniques, and kid-focused activities. Credit:Calm

Calm

Strong points: Powered by celebrities, Calm is a one-stop-shop offering a holistic and accessible approach to mindfulness. With an extensive library of guided meditation, breathing techniques, sleep stories, stretching exercises, soundscapes, and music, you can choose the length of the session and your narrator. What about Harry Styles, Keith Urban, Laura Dern or LeBron James?

Weak points : The app itself is fairly easy to navigate, but the overwhelming number of choices can make it difficult to know where to start. Try guided classes and masterclasses and expert-guided classes if you’re likely to be distracted by celebrities.

Recommend it? Absoutely. Already given the green light by many therapists and mental health experts, this is an immersive app that will fit right into your life, whether you are looking for meditation advice or need a quick dose of motivation.

Cost: Free download, access to all features is $ 12.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year. $ 399.99 for a single lifetime subscription.

Best for: For individuals or families looking for a comprehensive mindfulness resource to help reduce stress, encourage balance, stimulate sleep and focus, and teach ways to harness thought and emotions without judgment .

-Nicole Economos

Find his smile inside.

Find his smile inside.Credit:Free space

Free space

Strong points: One of the world’s most popular meditation apps, with around 70 million users worldwide, Headspace is smart, well-designed, and intuitive to use. It offers guided classes to get you started and, to help you get going, meditations, playlists, and exercises to help you sleep, move and focus – take your pick. I used relaxation to fall asleep at night (waking up later to find my headphones are still in), the Hans Zimmer playlist to focus while I worked, and stress-focused meditations to relax me. . Everything worked as promised. With plenty of factual content to keep you engaged, segments created especially for kids, cute graphics as well as a section on techniques and support, Headspace is a world class app.

Weak points : No one app will solve everyone’s problems, and no one else is there to hold you accountable.

Recommend it? 100 per cent.

Cost: Subscriptions begin with a seven- or 14-day free trial. An annual subscription is $ 55.19 with a 40% discount until October 10; $ 19.99 per month; Headspace Student Plan $ 9.99 per year and family account – six accounts $ 137.99 per year

Best for? Families and stressed people (like parents!).

-Sarah Berry

Insight timer

    Insight Timer is free but it has a paid premium section.

Insight Timer is free but it has a paid premium section.

Strong points: The Amazon of meditation apps, this one is a beast and can seem overwhelming with the huge array of recordings, classes, and even yoga classes on offer. But, like shopping online, it helps to know what you’re looking for. Even a simple keyword search, such as “morning” or “sleep” can help narrow down the options, which you can then sort by rating or duration. Once you find a teacher you like, the app, which is mostly free but has a paid premium section, you can follow them. I found Sarah Blondin’s voice to be the perfect balm for sleepless nights, while Andy Hobson, who many know from Headspace, is also featured. There are also social features that allow you to create a group for your workplace or friends, so you can meditate together – nothing like a group responsibility to keep your practice going!

Weak points : Such a huge app can be intimidating for newbies, so it’s worth taking the 10-day free trial and taking a course to get you started. The annual cost can also seem high when there are many cheaper options.

Cost: Free (with a paid section for premium content, $ 89 per year).

Recommend it: Why not.

Best for: Total novices or experienced practitioners who need little guidance or motivation.

– Melissa singer

The Ten Percent meditation app from American TV presenter Dan Harris.

The Ten Percent meditation app from American TV presenter Dan Harris.Credit:

Ten percent

Strong points: American news anchor Dan Harris went from skeptical to meditating after a live panic attack prompted him to make big changes in his life. He shares his learnings via short video interviews with world-renowned meditation teachers, who then walk you through a guided meditation. It is free from bland language and there is no promise of enlightenment, but rather practical advice on the basics of meditation. My favorite feature is your practice tracking. After each meditation, you will be reminded of your progress, including your number of “mindful days” and the total number of minutes of meditation to date. It’s strangely motivating.

Weak points : The app tells me that I have completed 14 days of mindfulness in the last month which I have to say has been difficult due to the length of each guided meditation. I try to add meditation to my Pilates workout in the morning, and with some meditation sessions lasting up to 17 minutes, that’s a big commitment. Having said that, on the days that I haven’t meditated, I definitely notice the difference. Another downside is the cost, but with the suspension of my usual gym membership, I felt that an annual membership was warranted. A month later and I don’t regret it.

Cost: 7-day free trial, US $ 99.99 per year.

Recommend it: Absoutely.

Best for: If you’ve ever rolled your eyes from the hype around meditation, but are secretly curious to see for yourself, this one is for you.

– Julia Naughton

AtOne is a virtual reality meditation app.

AtOne is a virtual reality meditation app.

Expiate

Strong points: This is a meditation app like you have never tried before. AtOne offers virtual reality meditation, which means you use an Oculus headset to enter another world while being guided by meditation. What stands out is how suitable it is. I loved being able to choose from a variety of scenes to place myself in – my favorites were the mountain top lake and outer space – and pair it with my choice of sound as a backdrop for the voice. . And that in addition to being able to select your duration and your type of meditation (Relaxation? Productivity?). You can also use a heart rate variability monitor, which can indicate stress levels, and the headset can measure your concentration by tracking your eye movements. There are also other entries: before and after a meditation, you are asked to write down how you are feeling, so that you can follow your progress. Overall, I found that there was a lot to be gained from using it.

Weak points : It goes without saying that this app requires you to have access to an Oculus headset, and they are quite expensive. At the moment, the app is only available for businesses, so unless you can get your boss to sign up, you’re out of luck. Also, if you’re not used to VR, it does need some adjustment and it might feel a bit awkward until you get started.

Recommend it? Totally, if you can get your hands on it. It is a truly unique way to experience the meditation provided by the app. All the personalized details are excellent, and who doesn’t want to meditate from space? If other meditation apps haven’t worked for you, AtOne might be the answer.

Cost: $ 500 per month for 100 users or up to $ 5,000 per month for 5,000 users (not including headsets).

Best for: Employers who want to bring mindfulness to their staff and tech enthusiasts who want to immerse themselves in virtual reality meditation.

– Sophie Aubrey

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