Headspace treats meditation as exercise for the brain and has a community for users to interact with each other. The app features a guided 10-minute sessions designed to address specific concerns like stress, sleeplessness and the like, as well as single sessions. as well as a progress tracker. Learning is made easier thanks to its customisable content and engaging animated graphics and the soothing yet clear guiding voice of co-founder Andy Puddicombe, who is a former Buddhist monk.
Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind aims to help individuals bring balance back to their lives. Its guided programmes are designed to assist various age groups in dealing with pressure and stress in their lives and customisable for individual needs. Smiling Mind also offers a meditation app called Mind the Bump for individuals and couples who are expecting a child.
Like the name suggests, Insight Timer’s main feature is its meditation timer that comes with mesmerising ambient sounds that you can play on loop, as well as eight different bell sounds for a deeply peaceful meditation session. Configure a session that best suits your routine and save it as a preset for quick access. The app also comes with an expanding library of soothing music and guided courses. That more than 4,500,000 meditators are users and 1,600 teachers offer talks, meditation lessons and music sounds, should say something.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Launched jointly by singer K D Lang (remember her?) and non-profit organisation Tools For peace, this app caters to middle-school and high-school students, as well as adults. Children can select their own guided meditation or receive a curated list of recommended meditations based on a self-report of their emotional state. Stop, Breathe & Think helps motivate the little ones by giving them goals, achievements and stickers and help them track their progress and emotions.