This ain't your grandma's meditation! Whether you’re sitting at work, lying in bed or in the middle of your subway commute home, these apps will help you calm your mind and find your center.
Meditation Studio by Gaiam
.Meditation Studio by Gaiam offers dozens of guided exercises of varying lengths by world-renown experts. Users can select meditations from various categories such as happiness, zen, sleep, stress, anxiety or confidence. You are also able to complete various courses to further your mindfulness training.
Upon opening the app, users are encouraged to take an assessment to determine their current mood. After completing the short assessment, the app suggests meditations on how to lighten your mood. You are given 15 free meditations, and additional exercises are available for purchase.
One of the most popular meditation apps on the market, Headspace introduces its Take10 technique, which encourages users to spend 10 minutes per day meditating. You can access the first level of the Take10 technique for free. Further levels cost $12.99/month or $94.99/year.
Insight Timer offers a mind boggling 1,300 (!) meditations for users to choose from. Users can either select instructional exercises or self-guided meditations featuring the sound of Tibetan singing bowls. The app also connects users with other meditators in their communities.
After downloading the app, users receive a five-day meditation plan along with an introduction to the art of mindfulness (the art of being present). With a premium subscription, you can access nearly 200 meditations that are constantly being updated.