Now that we’re nearing the start of a new year you might want to go through with your commitment to start meditating. The easiest way to do this is through meditation apps.
But what app should you use to learn about meditation? The following are, in my opinion, the best guided meditation apps today.
The apps I recommend are Headspace, Insight Timer, 10% Happier and Stop, Breathe & Think.
Headspace – The Most Popular Meditation App
I highly recommend this app. I have been using it daily for about 2 months now and I’m getting results.
The great thing about Headspace is the Meditation Essentials section where you can learn the basics of the meditation. After going through basics, you can choose a course you want to take.
The courses can be found in the following sections:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Falling Asleep and Waking Up
- Personal Growth
- Work and Productivity
- Life Challenges
- Movement and Sport
- Physical Health
- Day to Day Exercises
The guided meditation exercises are available in audio recordings. There are also animated videos that explain certain points and topics.
I have taken the Happiness course and currently going through the Relationships course under the Personal Growth section. I can see great results after going through the sessions.
There is also a new meditation exercise that comes up every day that deal with certain topics. There are also explanations on how to handle obstacles with animated videos showing how to deal with them.
Each course lasts between 10 to 30 days and is recommended to be done every day until the course is finished.
The Basics course is free. If you want to access the courses and other content they are available at monthly, annual and lifetime subscriptions.
Headspace was co-founded by Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk. His voice is the one you’ll hear on all the guided meditations.
Insight Timer – The Best Free Meditation App
Another guided meditation app I recommend is Insight Timer.
Insight Timer has guided meditations as well as talks, interviews, and courses from renowned meditation teachers.
All the guided meditation recordings are available for free. Enhanced options are available if you choose the paid Premium version. The courses can be accessed by paying either a monthly or yearly fee.
The app has two main sections for the recordings which are Meditation and Courses.
Under the Meditation section the categories are:
- Last Played
In the Courses section are the latest courses available. The courses are taught by longtime meditation teachers.
I found a couple of the meditation recordings and talks by meditation teachers to be very helpful. I also like that the meditations are grouped under Traditions, Sciences, and Concepts.
The Traditions section shows which religion the meditation practice came from. The Sciences section shows the practices that are supported by scientific research. The Concepts section include meditations that are usually placed under the New Age category.
Insight Timer was founded by brothers Christopher Plowman and Nicholas Plowman, both long-time meditation advocates.
I highly recommend this to people who want to start meditating who want to have access to different types of meditation for free.
10% Happier – The Meditation App with Great Video Courses
10% Happier is another app I recommend.
10% Happier is based on a book with the same name written by news correspondent Dan Harris.
Dan Harris had a panic attack during a live news telecast when he was delivering the news. After this experience, he started studying meditation to help get rid of panic attacks. He recounted his experiences in his book.
The app has various audio recordings and videos from Dan as well the meditation teachers that are featured in the app.
The sections in the app are as follows:
The Courses and Sleep section are in video format while the Singles and Talks section are in audio.
Just like the Headspace app, the basics of meditation are available. After taking the basics course, the user can go through the other courses.
The Basics course is for free. It has 7 sessions that you can take. After that, you can start a 7-day free trial to have full access to all the courses. After 7 days, you can continue having full access after entering a yearly paid plan.
Based on what I checked out so far in the app, I believe this will also be a good app to use for beginners. People who like video instructions will especially like the courses.
The courses and guided meditation are also taught by long-time teachers who are popular in the meditation field which is good if you want to begin learning meditation.
Stop, Breathe & Think – The App That Recommends Meditation Exercises
The great thing about Stop, Breathe & Think is every time you open the app, you will be asked to check in with yourself.
You will be asked how you are physically and mentally and enter the emotions you are having. It will then make recommendations as to what meditation exercises you need to practice.
After you go through the meditation exercises, you will be assessed again.
You can follow the recommendations given by the app or take any of the exercises available as you see fit.
The exercises are in both audio and video and include meditation, acupuncture, yoga and breathing exercises.
I have checked out the meditation exercises in the app and I’m sure beginners will find them easy to follow.
There is a free trial period and then you can choose to pay a yearly plan or a monthly plan.
So Which One Is The Best Guided Meditation App?
The best guided meditation app is the app that gives you the results you want.
An app that may be helpful to someone may not be helpful someone else. I suggest you pick one of the apps here and try them for a couple of days.
If the app doesn’t give you the results you want, try another one until you find the one that is helpful to you.
If you happen to try any of them I’m curious to know which one of them helped you out.
If you have any questions, clarifications, and comments please reply below.
Have a good one!