Aaron Jackson
Aaron JacksonFreelance Visual Designer

What's the best meditation app for beginners?

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  1. 135
    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    Super simple meditation app for beginners to start learning. Give it prime real estate on your home screen to make sure you stick to 10 minutes a day!
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    Carol Mc Keon
    Carol Mc KeonCEO & Founder of DataKraft · Written
    I just started using this this week to try to manage stress and anxiety better, a total beginner but I find it very good, 10 mins a day on the first round, its not patronizing, I think its a keeper
    Richard Banfield
    Richard BanfieldCEO, Fresh Tilled Soil · Written
    I've been using Headspace for about 3 months now. I was a little skeptical at first but now I'm hooked. Ideal for beginners but also useful for old timers like me. If you're already doing some type of mindful meditation or breathing this can be used to add some new focusing elements to the practice.
    • Brona Molnarova
      Brona Molnarovait's only impossible until it's done

      This is the first and only app I pay for :D Sometimes it can feel like a chore to do stuff that is good for you and this app takes that away for me. I teaches you gently and pleasantly and Ive been able to stick to it and understand more about how minds work. It helped me stop biting my nails.

    • Mayank Sharma
      Mayank SharmaTechnical Architect @ Ntalents.ai

      Great product to get focus in a world of noise

  2. 36
    Stop, Breathe & Think

    An emotion-based meditation and mindfulness app

    Great alternative to Headspace with more free content available. However, I have to admit, the narrator from Headspace is better and more relaxing.
    My favorite one! I started my meditation practice using Stop, Breathe & Think. It helped me to relax and manage anxiety and stress. I believe that it's perfect for beginners.
    Love this app I've recently discovered. They did a great job with the web app too so you can use it anywhere.
    • Fiona Carty
      Fiona Cartydesigner @ boba guys

      I've used this product since I was 17 (3 years! wow!) I've tried other meditation apps but honestly, I always came back to this one.

      I never thought I could go beyond a 10 minute guided meditation, but now find myself meditating for sometimes even an hour.

      Meditation changed my outlook on life, and has helped tremendously through periods of stress in my life. It's all thanks to this app.

  3. 30

    Take a break and meditate.

    Headspace with a different voice and less visual noise.
    Ben Raz
    Ben Razuseful web apps lover · Written
    i used it for a couple of mothns and i must say it is fully costumazible and relaxing
    Ben Raz
    Ben Razuseful web apps lover · Written
    you can also get a daily break reminder you can also follow your progress using built in calendar
    • Liz Funk
      Liz FunkFounder of And We Evolve

      I love Calm. I've always struggled to adopt a steady meditation practice, but Calm makes it easy to form the habit!

    • Jean-Marc Lagace
      Jean-Marc Lagaceonline entrepreneur and übergeek

      I discovered the Calm App a few years ago and it's been accompanying me in my meditation practice since then.

  4. Gaurav Agrawal
    Gaurav Agrawal18Coder, Thinker, Curious observer · Written
    I personally used this, Its has smaller sessions, which is best for beginners, other then meditation sessions it has very focused sessions for different stress moments.
  5. 10
    Meditation Studio

    Curated collections of guided meditations

    I was in search of a good meditation app this past weekend and landed on Meditation Studio. I like how they have guided meditation separated into different categories like stress, sleep and happiness. The guides are broken up into downloadable audio tracks that can easily be deleted. Another bonus is that it tracks your progress under the MIndfulness category in iOS' Health app.
    Andrew Peluso
    Andrew PelusoMarketing Director · Written
    Simple. Basic. Helpful. A nice variety of meditations and voices to take you through a meditation.
  6. 9

    Modern mindfulness wherever you are.

    Easy to use. Good complement to Headspace.
    Alec Ellin
    Alec EllinCo-founder, Laylo · Written
    Love this for going to sleep / can't sleep meditations
    Very simple, especially for sleeplessness. Only complaint is categories are hard to discern in the dark, making navigation harder than it needs to be.
    • TLDR
      TLDRSenior Front End Developer

      If you like Headspace but don't want to pay a monthly fee, try this out!

  7. 8
    Insight Timer 1.5

    The best free meditation timer, redesigned

    Mario Mendoza
    Mario MendozaDigital Strategist, Hip Hop Distribution · Written
    I've been using this app for 146 days and love it. The guided meditations offer various playlists to explore such as meditations based on stress relief, sleep, chanting/mantras, and mindfulness just to name a few. It also has a nice timer that can let you just explore your own meditation practice as well. The stats section is nice and motivating when you see how many consecutive days you have been practicing and what time was dedicated. I was also very impressed with the community. When you finish meditating it offers a list of people across the globe who were meditating at the same time as you, which is really cool. You can "thank them of meditating with me" and potentially become friends.
    Brendan Beirne
    Brendan BeirneProduct / strategy, Joojoo · Written
    Functional, straightforward meditation app with community and guided meditation features.
    joshua bradley
    joshua bradleyPassionate about making life better · Written
    While it has more features perhaps than some of the others, the wealth of guided meditations ensures that meditation at any level is available with guidance from some great teachers. Also, I would suggest trying to get in on the beta for Oak Meditation app by Kevin Rose. It is going to be a strong offering and is perfect for getting started
    • Rene Escobar
      Rene EscobarProgrammer. Runner. Noun.

      I love this app. I've seen it grow from a wee little timer with different bells to a full fledge application with courses, timers, and a friendly online community.

    • Monica Wulff
      Monica WulffAussie founder focused on podcasts

      Been using this product for over a year and it has so much variety. I love that when I log in I can see how many people around the world are meditating using the app at that moment in time.

  8. 6
    10% Happier

    Meditation for fidgety skeptics!

    If you're a beginner, you still want to know why you should even meditate. Is there a point to sitting and breathing for x amount of time? Will it actually work for you? What are the real benefits? 10% Happier answers this in a conversational way. Like you and me talking, then meditating for a few minutes.
  9. 6

    Music for the brain to improve focus, meditation & sleep

    S-M Robinson
    S-M RobinsonCreative Director · Written
    They could use a little more musical variety, but I find that I feel better after a Brain.fm session as opposed to others.
    • Jason Lindstrom
      Jason LindstromManaging Partner

      I bought a lift time membership and pumped I made the move. I find this really helps me stay on task especially if I've had a bad night sleep or an intense day.

    • Daniel
      DanielCTO, PlateJoy

      I have been using Brain.fm consistently since purchasing a lifetime membership back in January. I mainly use it during work (programming), sometimes when sleeping.

  10. 3

    Stress and anxiety relief through beautiful CBT tools

    Beth Hudson
    Beth Hudson4Social Media Marketer, Recruitee · Written
    Pacifica is more of cognitive behavioral therapy, but they have guided and unguided meditation for free on the app, as well! I just think it's designed really well, and you don't have to make in-app purchases unless you want to.
    Ben Raz
    Ben Razuseful web apps lover · Written
    i discovered it from this site and it looks high quallity and really effective tools also the web app is great and usefull
  11. 3

    The brain sensing headband

    Oscar Morrison
    Oscar MorrisonDesigner and builder of things · Written
    Its a hardware + software solution, but for me made it super easy to get into meditation. I love all the data it provides as well. I highly recommend.
  12. 3

    Guided meditations to inspire you to meditate every day

    Sattva is the most authentic meditation app! Ancient Guided Meditations & Mantras for the modern world!
    Ben Raz
    Ben Razuseful web apps lover · Written
    colorful and simble app i like just the ambient and timer
  13. 4

    Meditate with open eyes. Be productive.

    Ryan Chin
    Ryan ChinPrivate Equity · Written
    Ryan Chin made this product
    MindFi is an easy-to-use app for busy humans to improve your focus and attention with a super-convenient meditation system, where you train with YOUR EYES OPEN. MindFi content is displayed in a daily timeline that consists of your daily routine like meals, commutes and breaks. For productivity geeks , we also baked in a handy Pomodoro timer so you can spend your 5-minute break wisely, with meditation!
    • Johny Miric
      Johny MiricFounder of Mind Hero & Talent Hero

      I have 15 years of experience in meditation, you need to have superb meditative skills to be able to relax with eyes open. The key is to calm your mind, and as long our eyes are focused on the visuals, it is almost impossible to achieve inner peace. As i said, only great masters can do this.

    • Andrew W
      Andrew WWeb developer in Toronto

      In trying to sign up, the process would fail silently. I finally figured out that the app doesn't like one character usernames in email addresses, or four-letter TLDs, even though both are valid. The onboarding graphics were really fuzzy. I think they're scaled images? The developers have clearly never tested on an iPhone SE screen, as the UI is cut off (see https://d.pr/i/KSlfJ).

      It's beta quality software, but I really hope these issues get addressed. It's a great concept. If well-executed, I could see it being a part of my routine.

  14. Kevando
    KevandoCTO, Frameri · Written
    Not an app, but I found this audio book incredible and re-enforced the amazing lessons from Headspace.
  15. 2

    A relaxation and meditation app by ustwo

    Pause makes it super easy to get over the initial hump of mediation. The initial experience is following a circle on your screen with your finger while listening to relaxing music. The action naturally puts you in the flow of meditation.
  16. 2

    Guided meditation and relaxation

    I already used Headspace and Calm but find out that Inscape has some longer sessions with techniques that worked better with me.
  17. @kevinrose is working on a new meditation app called Oak. Join his private group to access the beta
  18. It's hard to get into meditation and develop a practice for it. Visualising relaxing environment helps get you there faster and is a good way to get into it.
  19. "Learn how to strengthen your mind, cultivate resilience, master your emotions, and pave the way towards a modern enlightenment." It's a no positive thinking/mindfulness/new age bullshit meditation app. It's meant to track your progress and guide you with short audio lessons unlockable by meditating.
  20. Guided meditation in beautiful and meditative settings.