Meditation is an ancient practice gaining traction in new circles as mindfulness has become a buzzword. Studies have shown benefits of meditation include stress reduction, improved concentration, and increased self-awareness to name a few. Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar found meditation can positively rewire the brain in as little as 8 weeks.¹ Thankfully, there’s an app for that and this post has info on 3 great mediation apps!

A myriad of meditation techniques exist and so many options can make getting started overwhelming. Many people mistakenly think they have to be a Himalayan monk to practice meditation but meditation is for everyone.

In order to meditate, you only need your body and your breath. Meditation is like any other skill and requires practice to improve and observe benefits. The following apps are useful when starting your meditation journey. These apps offer the basics of meditation and lead you to experience the quieting of the mind.

 

Omvana
Omvana is a great meditation app. Limited free meditations are available but you have access to an entire library of tracks to buy. I like this app for it’s guided meditations of varying length. This app is easy to use and offers a wide array of categories to meet your needs.

  • Pro: Vast library, Variable length of time for meditations
  • Con: Most meditations cost $$ with an in-app purchase
  • Best For: Variety

 

Headspace
This is a great app for those looking to really learn the basics of meditation. Andy teaches breath awareness and body scan techniques. Each lesson builds on the previous one helping you develop a solid meditation practice. One drawback is the foundational Take10 10-day program has to be completed to have access to other mediation programs.

  • Pro: Progress tracking, iPhone Health app integration
  • Con: Fixed meditation time length, Have to complete Take10 program before access to other meditations
  • Best For: Creating a strong foundation

 

Calm
This app offers a multi-day series and guided and unguided meditation options. Though this app offers a fair amount of free content, most offerings require the monthly subscription plan. A cool feature to this app is the ability to set calming scenes as the backdrop for your meditation

  • Pro: Variety of guided and unguided meditations, Backdrop selection, Progress tracking
  • Con: Monthly subscription necessary to access most meditations
  • Best For: Mix of guided and unguided meditations

 

Honorable Mention: Calm Down Now
This is my personal favorite app because I’ve used it the longest. I’d recommended Calm Down Now for those who have experience meditating and aren’t looking for a guided experience. While there are short meditations, the real beauty of Calm Down now is its library of relaxing sounds. You can layer the sounds and set a timer for great background noise for your meditation session.

 

 

Becoming good at anything requires practice, practice, and more practice! Let me know what you think of these apps of feel free to share your favs!

Source:
1. Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain.