Diego JimenezPrincipal Product Designer @LonelyPlanet

What is your favorite Meditation app?

After reading a lot about the benefits of meditation, I want to give it a try. I heard there are great apps to guide you through this process, and I'd love to get some recommendations. I've downloaded Headspace and Calm, but since I'm not an expert, I can't tell how good or bad they are and which is better. Thanks!
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    Oak

    Meditation and breathing exercises for geeks

    I love the simplicity, emphasis on community, and breathwork component.
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    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    Headspace is fantastic because it ultimately helps people change misconceptions about meditation. For me (and a number of my friends) - Headspace makes meditation feel 1) achievable -yes to 3 min options 2) playful - fantastic animations 3) and perhaps most importantly, feel like a tangible practice in the “real world”. I often highlight the themed option for ‘Commuting’ to demonstrate - how often do people highlight that meditation can happen in a jam packed metro and not, as commonly perceived in a quiet place undisturbed by the actual world? Headspace hits that balance between aspirational (yes new years resolutions) and practical (the other 364 days a year), and I think that’s what makes it worth the plunge.
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    I've used Insight Timer (a great free option) and was turned off by the cost of Headspace. I decided to take the plunge with the New Year sale Headspace had, though. I do not regret it. The app is great for three reasons: 1) it does an excellent job of nurturing meditation as a habit; 2) the themed packs make meditation less daunting for those who are new to meditation and practicing it for a specific reason (e.g. anger management, focus); and 3) the design is wonderful.
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    Insight Timer 1.5

    The best free meditation timer, redesigned

    Tejas Kinger19SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    I've been using HeadSpace for a while now, but I've read a lot of threads on Reddit and Quora about the benefits of Insight Timer over both HeadSpace and Calm. I might give it a shot.
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    Jeff GreenbergFilmgeek. Tech geek. Father. · Written
    I use this for a change of pace for it's cost (Free) - there's some great content, but it's much more unguided/uncurated.
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    I can say the same
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  4. Matija AbicicHead of Product Strategy at Sysrepublic · Written
    Guided meditations for every mood - you can be on multiple meditation tracks at the same time.
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    Rudolf OlahWeb Dev @ Zynga, Founder @ NeverFriday · Written
    breathing timers/exercises are good, so are the guided meditations at a good price too
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    Jeff GreenbergFilmgeek. Tech geek. Father. · Written
    They had a switch in narrators about a year ago. The new one has a really bad vocal fry/rasp. Sets my teeth on edge. Lots of content, but I think Headspace is better for it's level of direction
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  5. 5
    Aura 2.0

    Spotify for mindfulness meditations - for any mood 😊

    I have been meditating with Aura for a year. It has been a great experience with daily mindful meditation for 3 minutes!
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    Simple Habit, now for Web

    5 minute meditations for your busy life

    KPFounder @getclosingpage · Written
    Been using this for a while now.. very simple 5 min meditations for starters. I start my day with these now. Soothing simple voice-guided meditations. Try them!
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    Simple Habit for iOS

    Meditation for people who never have time

    Aleksandra4Product marketing · Written
    I love the variety of guided meditations, for different cases (better sleep, anxiety, stress, etc) and levels.
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    Primed Mind

    An immersive mindset coaching that provides personal growth

    After learning a lot from Tony Robbins about priming, i researched a lot about good apps to help me practice and create good habits. Recently stared using Primed as an alternative to Headspace and Insight Timer. Must say i am very pleased with their free Primes, and also consideration of purchasing their Pro.
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  9. Jonathan Kosgei made this product
    I created an entire family of Ambient Sleep Sounds and Ambient Relaxing Sounds Alexa skills while learning the platform, to help with Sleep and Relaxation. This is just one, others include; Ocean Sounds, Babbling Brook, Rain with Native American Flutes, Forest Night among others. All have positive reviews and feedback from users. Important to note that many such skills exist in the Alexa skills store, the most popular created by Nick Schwab of Invoked Apps.
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    Stop, Breathe & Think

    An emotion-based meditation and mindfulness app

    Great interface with nice gamification features. Lots of free content.
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    Thomas WangCo-founder, Bougie Labs · Written
    This one has the best free features! And it has a "mood" checker, to track your emotional state and curate recommendations based on that.
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    Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

    Amazon's assistant w/ improved voice recognition and design

    Tejas Kinger19SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    I've also been using the guided meditation skill from the Alexa skill store on my Amazon Echo Dot. That works well too!
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  12. One of the best apps out there is Evenflow. Meditations are organized by topic like stress, anxiety sleep and performance and are done by licensed therapists so the quality is really high. It's also all free the first week so you can try it out without worrying about getting charged anything
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  13. 1
    Brain.fm

    Music for the brain to improve focus, meditation & sleep

    It has meditation and a few other features to get you through your day. Outside of meditation, the sleep and nap feature are insanely effective.
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  14. The only meditation app where you don't have someone talking :)
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    Inome

    "I know me": self-awareness made easy

    Afarin PirzadehInome app- Selfawareness Made Easy · Written
    Afarin Pirzadeh made this product
    @LonelyPlanet If you would like to try reflective meditation, try out the Inome (I know me) app. It guides you through a daily reflection and help you clarify your thoughts and emotions.
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    Box Breathing

    Breathe in sync with this to calm yourself down

    Juraj PalHead of Strategic Partnerships at Slido · Written
    Other than Headspace, I've been really enjoying box breathing practice. As opposed to Headspace, it's something that you can do pretty much anytime, even if you have just 3 minutes before you go on stage, etc.
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    Nirow

    Automatic habit & goal tracker

    Jenny LaCMO of Unstatic Company · Written
    Jenny La made this product
    This app is not made for only meditation tracking. But also other activities and habits.
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  18. Parul JoshiProduct Manager at ensa.com · Written
    I have been using this app for a few months now! My friend recommended me. I am in love with its customization feature which allows me to create my own melody by adding multiple sound elements, controlling each element's volume. They have over 100 relaxation sounds, melodies, binaural beats etc. (Try Eternity - 50%, Birds -20% - My favorite!!!)
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