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05.05.2016
In this overstimulated and hyper-distracted digital age, with a jam-packed schedule and abundance of choices at every juncture, making time (and brain space) for meditation—the self-proclaimed secret weapon of everyone from Gisele Bundchen to Arianna Huffington—can feel next to impossible.
Ask around, though, and you may find that the same smartphone that fuels your Internet addiction offers the path to daily zen: Guided meditation apps can be a perfect introduction to the practice because they require nothing except a few minutes of your time and a comfortable and quiet space (though some people listen on the subway or at the gym).
Credited with everything from lowering cortisol levels to honing focus, these recordings work like exercise for the brain, training it to overcome any number of daily obstacles (from stress to sleeplessness, physical pain to grief). Billing itself as “your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind,” Headspace will teach you the basics of mediations, provided you surrender ten minutes of your day. Omvana is basically the iTunes of guided meditation apps, offering up a library of recordings that target everything from decreasing stress to revitalizing your sex life to shedding those last five pounds. Insight Timer offers several guided meditations by teachers like Eckhart Tolle who penned the cult self-help book, The Power of Now.
This companion to Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience has been downloaded by the hundreds of thousands, and aims to make meditation accessible as well as enjoyable. The Mindfulness App, named for the popular cognitive self-help method, lets you create your own guided meditations—customizing how long and what type you want to do that day. Seriously user-friendly, Buddhify is for those looking to get something specific out of a guided meditation. Though nothing can compete with having your own meditation guru on hand, a little technology can go a long way. This best-selling app, designed by renowned psychotherapist and author of Meditation For Dummies, Stephan Bodian, provides guided meditations for both beginners and the more advanced.
A free download will get you a 10-day starter program from Headspace, a straightforward, guided meditation app for beginners. Like a little meditation assistant, this app alerts you when it’s time to step back and take a breather.
This app brings mindfulness into the modern age with fun graphics and meditations that you can do during other everyday activities in your life.
Listening to one free guided meditation track a day could be the thing that takes your health to the next level.
It’s an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle, and there are plenty of reasons to give it a go. But why is forming the habit of sitting still for 10-20 minutes a day way easier said than done? Like many of you out there, I’ve been wrestling with meditation for quite a few years.
Recently, in an attempt get myself back on track and make the pesky meditation habit stick again, I started playing around with guided meditation. For each resource I’ve listed the number of free guided meditation tracks, the different types of mediation available, the average length of each mediation, and whether the tracks are downloadable. Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, forgiveness, sleep, mantra, healing, children. Fragrant Heart is one of my favourite free guided meditation sites, partly because of it’s cool name, but mainly because of the quality of the guided meditations. Some tracks are as short as a minute, which is great for beginners, and they also provide a free guided meditation course too. Tara has a massive library of at least a hundred guided meditation tracks to keep you going, various styles, with a new one added each week. I’ve used it for quite a few years now, mainly for their collection of free yoga class videos (hip flexor heaven is a personal favourite). The Chopra centre is the brainchild of Deepak Chopra and David Simon, two MDs with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.
Amongst other things, the site hosts a wide range of meditation styles with high quality audio.
Most tracks are pretty short, but might be great for someone who’s just getting into forming the meditation habit. It’s really cool to see universities recognising the benefits of meditation and mindfulness! Headphones are recommended when listening, because the tracks are layered over binaural beats, which apparently affect your brainwaves and make you extra mindful. Audio Dharma is a massive resource, with around forty free guided meditations available from a variety of teachers, as well as a shed load of interesting talks and videos on mindfulness.
You can either choose the simple guided meditations (which range from 2 to 20 mins) or go solo and use the meditation timer. Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, loving kindness, body scan, stress, anxiety, productivity, healing.
Developed by former buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, and his business partner Rich Pierson, Headspace is the meditation app and website taking the mindfulness world by storm.
It’s an incredible resource, with literally thousands free guided meditation tracks and talks from teachers from all around the world. From breathing techniques to soothing sounds and music, these are the best meditation apps for iPhone!
Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you relax, track, and make the most out of your meditation time? Most people listen to music or soothing sounds while meditating and Omvana was made for this purpose.
If music or ambient noise is important to you while meditating, you won't find anything better than Omvana.
Headspace is a fun way to not only track meditation sessions but to motivate you to make time for them. If you need some motivation or want the ability to communicate with other meditators, check out Headspace. If you enjoy short meditation sessions but want a way to track distractions too, Breathful is what you want. Enso is a simple to use meditation timer and bell that you can customize by choosing how much preparation time you'd like and how long you'd like to meditate. For a distraction free meditation experience that lets you customize intervals and timers, you want Enso. The Mindfulness App is full of guided meditations that vary from 3 minutes to 30 minutes in length. If you enjoy meditating, do you rely on any of the above apps to make the most of your time?
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The people behind the app have over 30 years of meditation practice and teaching guided meditation. Equanimity is one of the most full-fledged, all-encompassing meditation apps you can get your hands on.
Based on the Silva Method of meditation, Omvana is one of the largest collection of meditation sessions and tracks available on any app in the store. 1000’s of high-quality audio tracks, ambient sounds, binaural beats and narrated guides. Listen to narrated lessons and guides by inspiring thought leaders, like Bob Proctor and Martin Luther King, Jr.
We just launched PINE: Your daily check-in, a mobile app that enables you to check-in with yourself on a daily basis. It's not a regular thing when we desperately need to find the IP address of our router in home or office. Have you purchased a new iPhone and want to download some fresh and useful apps on your iPhone? This article is going to tell you some great useful and  pro video editor apps for your iPhone and iPad ? How to Use Omvana Meditation AppFollow these free, short guided meditations to relax after a stressful day. How to Use Take A Break Meditation IconSometimes you just need to take a minute and remember to breathe. How to Use Calm Meditation AppWork toward a life of meditation and mindfulness with Calm in just seven days.
Sometimes meditating by yourself isn’t a effective as going to a class so find one near you with Mindbody Connect. How to Use Mindbody Connect Meditation AppFind a place to meet people, meditate and work out near you. Unlike other forms of the practice such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), in which you silently repeat a mantra or sound you, or simple silent meditation, guided meditations talk you through focal points, often starting with breath control, moving toward releasing tension in your body, part by part, to visualizing safe and calming places, and then drawing your attention to the present moment.
If you opt into the program, it offers you a tracking page for your progress, a buddy system designed to help you motivate your friends, reminders for staying on track, and a wide range of recordings for different moods and lifestyles. If you wish to meditate in complete silence instead, Insight Timer will time your session and wake you to the sound of an authentic Tibetan singing bowl. Its journal feature, which allows users to jot down notes about their session, is particularly effective in getting the most out of your practice.
It also has a convenient reminder function, to help maintain your practice throughout the day.
The app contains custom recordings for fifteen possible scenarios from your day, including “feeling stressed,” “difficult emotions,” “going to sleep,”  “travel,” and “walking in the city.” Want to gauge your progress?
These apps make it easy to unwind, whether you’re on-the-go or just sitting down for some peace and quiet at home. Then, for a small, optional monthly fee of $5.99, founder Andy Puddicombe will guide you through a new meditation every day.
In addition to setting a particular time and day, the app also allows you to set GPS reminders telling you to meditate when you enter a certain location. Users can customize sessions based on location or select tailored guides to follow on walks, at the gym or on the train.
Pranayama guides you toward slower, deeper breathing by helping you count your inhalations and exhalations according to a fixed ratio. Many of us hold our breath when stressed and could use a moment of zen in the middle of the day.
I’m inconsistent, and whenever I do make the time to sit quietly, my mind is racing and I just wanna be somewhere else. Sometimes the stresses of our everyday lives can make mental health more important than ever.
Not only can you browse thousands of tracks in Omvana's library, you can mix and edit them to suit your own mood and preference. Since the main goal of meditation is mindfulness that is distraction free, Breathful can also keep track of any distractions you may encounter.
You can track statistics about your meditation sessions so you can see how you're doing and what you need to spend more time on. While the company has a vision for the Indian market, it has been on the lookout for a country head following the departure of Maneesh Dhir this year. I've been using it since the end of last December, and am having fun experimenting with the latest version of the app. It is aimed to calm your mind via guided relaxation sessions, meditation music tracks, and a bunch of premium programs aimed at specific things like focus, sleep, confidence etc.
Omvana is designed to be a repository from which you can pick and customize your own meditation sessions. The latest update hasn’t really been an exciting one if user reviews are to go by, but try this free app nevertheless. This is the pro version of Complete Relaxation Lite app, which is one of the most popular apps for iPhone and iPad. If you are looking for a simple yet powerful app for practicing mindfulness, this app is for you.
So if you meditate daily and looking for a great meditation and mindfulness app for your iOS devices and Apple Watch, this app is one of the best options available for you. Stress leads to many health problems and in such a fast-paced world, people don’t always find quiet time to calm down. Sit down before bed with an full 60 minute session or just make time for a three minute cool down during a break at work. If you only have a few minutes, just open the app and just look at the calm scenes that are accompanied by relaxing nature sounds.
Create an account, enable location services and the app will find meditation and fitness classes near you. Make an account and go through the easy and fun courses to bring your body down to a place of calm. Omvana also connects to HealthKit (that app on your iPhone with the pink heart in the middle, for the uninitiated) to suggest meditations based on your stress levels. Founded in the eighties, Dharma Seed is a group devoted to teaching Theravada Buddhism, the oldest tradition of the religion still practiced in the 21st century. While a few of the meditation apps simply provide a reminder — since dedicating time every day for meditation can often seem impossible — others offer guided meditations to keep you on track. Use the app to watch Puddicombe’s TED Talk if you’re still not convinced that meditation is awesome. I was recommended one of her books a while back “True Refuge” and really loved it!
Even if it's only for 30 minutes, being able to disconnect from our devices and the outside world can help eliminate stress and clear your mind.


Omvana has tons of collections that focus on different areas such as sleep meditation, productivity, and lots more.
Enso comes complete with professionally recorded bell and bowl sounds to enhance the meditation experience. There are also many guided meditation programs you can buy via in-app purchase that focus on specific areas such as breathing, standing, and many more.
Andy Puddicombe is truly wonderful, and, in conjunction with other tools I've been using, this app has changed my life.
Simply Being addresses every individual feature that a practitioner needs ranging from just sounds and music to guided sessions with configurable time-limits.
Meditation Timer comes with features like Prepare Time, Cool Down time, Intervals, with customizable sounds for initiating, interval switching and ending your meditation sessions.
As is common with most meditation apps, Headspace comes with trackers, reminders and a timer.
You’re able to add friends on PINE, where you can send gentle nudges to one another as reminders to check-in with yourselves daily, helping to make it a habit.
These five apps will help you meditate or just show your heart down a little and take time for yourself.
The app comes loaded with five or six free meditations that you can turn on whenever you have time.
The app comes preloaded with Mindfulness 101 with easy sessions that remind you to breathe or thing of the positivity in your life. A number of them help bring mindfulness into everyday activities, including one that retrains your breathing habits.
The app also provides statistics including sessions completed, average session length and total meditation time. The App Store is full of apps to help you make the most of every meditation session, but which meditation apps for iPhone are the absolute best? You can also add your friends and check out meditation sessions that are meant for different types of stress relief. This data is then saved in Breathful so you can compare sessions and see how you're progressing. I highly recommend Take 10 to my students and colleagues, and suggest that anyone who's interested in meditation give this a try! You can replay those as many times as you want, or buy different ones from the Omvana Store. For those with more time, the app offers a seven day guided course to help you stay more calm throughout the week. If you find yourself attending a lot of classes in different places, the app will keep track of your schedule so you never miss a class. Will have to check out some of the others on this list too ?? thanks for the reccomendations! This is just an audio-app basically with different sessions helping you through relaxation at different points of the day. As Ira Israel points out, it’s sort of the opposite, since traditional meditation is a mind-emptying practice. If you think you need more than just one session every once in awhile you can start programs like Beginners Meditation that slowly build you up to a place where you can meditate without the app. Choose between 7 minutes or 13 minutes and which soothing sound you want to focus on for awhile. These sessions are only 10 minutes and will work to get you to a zen place when you need it. Before you start a session, note how you’re feeling and see if that changes after only two or three minutes.
Also put the background photo on for a certain amount of time or just listen to the audio and let the stress fade away. We focused on apps that have a human feel, with voices offering instruction and guided meditation.
The following apps feature real people whose experience is apparent and who have a good bedside manner. A brilliant, colorful design and wide array of situation-focused meditations make this app engaging and useful for experienced meditators as well. What sets it apart is the rainbow-hued spinning dial that asks what you’re doing now. There are 16 such categories, and a small handful of guided meditations to choose from within each. It offers a variety of enjoyable instructors, plus a solo option, a stats page to track your progress, and the option of social sharing for those who want to feel they’re part of the community. Included are 15 no-nonsense guided meditations that focus on a single concept, like Equanimity. Best of all is the Check In screen that asks you to pinpoint your current mood and emotions, then recommends three different meditations based on your answers. Best of all, the app is the work of Tools for Peace, a nonprofit that teaches kids kindness and compassion through school programs and camps. A smart feature is the timer showing no numbers but only a circle of dots that slowly move around to 360 degrees, so the math part of your brain doesn’t have a chance to obsess.
For those of a Tibetan mind-set, the Shambhala app has a customizable time with a few bell or gong options. There’s also a small series of talks by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an esteemed Tibetan teacher, author, and marathon runner.
This brand-new release still has some bugs, including average sound quality, but give the company some time.
The app also links to a map that helps you locate nearby Shambhala centers and get to the group’s website, which has other resources and videos.
A straightforward, totally secular approach gives it broad appeal, making it a no-brainer for any group wanting to bring a little more wellness to workers’ lives at very little cost. A former Tibetan monk, he now preaches the merits of taking ten minutes every day for mindfulness. For reasons science has yet to explain, there’s something about a gung-ho Aussie accent that young people love.
My favorite is Self—A Meditation Machine, an elegant design that offers just 15-, 30-, 45-, and 60-minute durations, with a Zendo-appropriate gong sound to begin and end with.



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