Read on to learn about the best meditation apps to help you practice meditation with daily meditations and series to reduce stress, anxiety and pain, break habits and much more!
Meditation apps are here to stay, with an ever growing market for guided meditation. Meditation is known to have several health benefits such as improvement in sleep patterns, lowered stress levels and increase in awareness and a feeling of well being. As easy as it sounds, meditation is not easy to practice because sitting still for a couple of minutes can seem like forever. However, there are several guided meditation apps that can help you start small and strengthen you in your practice of meditation and mindfulness. Let’s explore the features of some of the best meditation apps.
What are the best meditation apps?
The following apps are my top picks based on their ease of use, visual appeal, meditation library and other premium features that have won the hearts of meditation fans.
Headspace has over 40 million users and allows you to map your journey and track your progress with reminders along the way. You can also meditate with friends and keep each other motivated. The Headspace user interface is well designed and easy to use. The Headspace library has hundreds of guided meditations for you to choose from. Also, the guided meditations are simple without infusing religion into it, demystifying meditation for you.
Pricing: After the 1 week free trial, the monthly subscription is $13 per month. If you purchase an annual subscription, you get the first 2 weeks free with a membership fee of $70 per year.
Platforms: Headspace is available for both the iPhone and Android.
Calm is another popular app that has won several awards, such as the Best App of 2018 on the App store and the Editors’ Choice Award on Google Play. It has a vast library that includes sleep stories, sleep music, meditation lessons, calm music and Calm Masterclasses by the experts. You can also set reminders and track your progress. This app has good visual appeal and has been downloaded more than 70 million times.
Pricing: The free trial is for 7 days after which you can purchase premium for $70. You can also purchase life membership for $400.
Platforms: Calm is available for both the iPhone and Android.
Insight Timer has an extensive list of meditation collections, around 40,000 which are available for free. When you start a meditation session, the app tells you how many people were meditating with you. This creates a feeling of oneness with the meditation community. Insight Timer has 6 million users, and has premium features such as offline access to its content as well as 10 and 30 day classes with its over 6000 teachers.
Pricing: The free trial is for 30 days after which the premium membership is for $60 per year.
Platforms: Insight Timer is available for both the iPhone and Android.
ABC News anchor Dan Harris as is the co-founder of Ten Percent Happier . He has written a book of the same name, after having a panic attack on live TV in 2004. He healed himself using self introspection and meditation. Ten Percent Happier has 500+ guided meditations with personalized coaching from teachers for various areas of your life that you want to focus on.
Pricing: The free trial is for 7 days after which the premium membership is for $99 per year.
Platforms: Ten Percent Happier is available for both the iPhone and Android.
5. Simple Habit
Simple Habit is another well known meditation app, which offers 5 minute meditations. It can be downloaded for free and give you access to limited lessons from experienced teachers. Additionally, you can also set your goals and choose from one off sessions or a series of lessons. The premium subscription gives you access to 1000+ meditation lessons.
Pricing: While you can download the app for free, the premium membership is for $30 for 3 months, $90 per year or $299 for a lifetime membership.
Platforms: Simple Habit is available for iPhone and Android devices.