Aaron JacksonVisual Designer

What's the best meditation app for beginners?

26 recommended
  1. 135
    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    Pavan Sethibuilding 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 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 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.
  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.
  3. 30

    Take a break and meditate.

    Headspace with a different voice and less visual noise.
    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 Razuseful web apps lover · Written
    you can also get a daily break reminder you can also follow your progress using built in calendar
  4. Gaurav AgrawalCoder, 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 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 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.
  7. 8
    Insight Timer 1.5

    The best free meditation timer, redesigned

    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 BeirneProduct / strategy, Joojoo · Written
    Functional, straightforward meditation app with community and guided meditation features.
    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
  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 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.
  10. 3

    Stress and anxiety relief through beautiful CBT tools

    Beth HudsonSocial 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 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 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 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 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!
  14. 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.