5 Meditation Apps You Need on Your Phone

by Alyx Carolus

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Meditation. You’ve either tried it or heard about how it’s worked wonders for others. But, the practice of learning how to empty your mind, relaxing and having a moment alone is tricky in our overly connected world. When do you have time to meditate and how do you start? Thankfully, the world of technology is actually here to help you out. I’ve tried to meditate and personally struggle to switch off. When you work in social media, the premise of the job is about being connected and staying alert about what’s going on in the world. Anxiety: 1, Alyx: 0 

 

New Meditation Apps

Earlier this year, our Head of Business and Brand Development, Roki Prunali shared seven mindfulness apps that she’s got her eye on in the app store. But the nature of technology is that we’re constantly seeing new app releases, so we’ve compiled a few more you should check out this holiday season.

 

Calm 

Struggling to sleep at night? Find your Calm. This award-winning app was voted 2017’s App of the Year by Apple and made the Google Play’s Editor’s Choice list in 2018. Calm offers over 2000 meditation exercises along with teaching mindfulness beginners how to meditate. Users can also pick their specific wellness goal and grow along with that. Do you want to sleep better, improve focus or would you like to reduce your stress levels? Users can listen to soothing music and chill out or watch videos about stretching to calm down from a long day. Keen to get started? Potential users can sign up for a seven-day free trial and then you’ll have to pay a subscription fee. 

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Bloom: Better You

Co-founded by Chloe Szep, an Australian influencer and Youtube content creator, the Bloom app launched earlier this year. Szep has spoken extensively with her own struggle with anxiety and how meditation helped her overall mental health. Users have access to a variety of meditation exercises and each time you log in, there’s a question checking in on your mood. This information is used to provide content tailored to what you might need for that day. Bloom users also have access to yoga sessions and mindfulness exercises,There’s a seven-day trial that you can use before you sign up, but Bloom is a subscription app with a monthly fee. 

Available on:  iOS

 

Simple Habit

Touted as the “best meditation app for busy people”, Simple Habit is about cultivating just that: simple healthy habits. Users can access 5 minute meditations that are perfect for on-the-go, whether you’re stuck in traffic or on public transportation. This app has meditations for a variety of situations, from career to relationships and intimacy. The reality is that we’re busy, and it feels hard to find time to relax, let alone what might help our specific issues. Simple Habit is free to use, but premium subscriptions are available. 

Available on: iOS and Android

Omvana

Another hit in the meditation app game, Omvana is #1 meditation app in 30 countries around the world. The stand-out feature is that users are able to create their own mindfulness mixes,combining tracks and spoken word to curate their own experience. The content available on the app is selected for beginners to those who have advanced meditation skills. Omvana is free to use but has a premium subscription. 

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Sattva 

If you’re an avid follower of Ayurveda principles and/or are a yoga practitioner chances are you’ve heard the word sattva before. According to Yogipedia, “Sattva is one of the three gunas (virtues/attributes) in Hindu and Samkhya philosophy. The word means “light,” “goodness” and “purity” in Sanskrit. This app makes use of ancient Vedic principles of meditation and offers users guided meditations, Vedic mantras and chants, a habit tracker and updated curated playlists. 

Available on: iOS and Android 

 

Are you currently using a mindfulness app? Let us know what one is your favorite – we love hearing from you!

 

Image credit Jernej Graj in Uluwatu, Indonesia

 

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