In honor of National Meditation Month, we have been sharing tips on how you can start to meditate (read here), the many non-traditional forms that meditation can take (read here), and now, apps that can make meditating easy! Check out the free apps below, and let us know if there are any that you like below too.
Stop, Breathe & Think
This is one of our personal favorites. The meditations are shorter – range from 2 – 20+ minutes – and are guided. This is very helpful when you are feeling stressed or have a lot on your mind, because someone is there to help guide you through the process.
When you open the app, you can select a meditation that you would like to complete, or, you can plug in how you are feeling that day, and the app will choose meditations for you based on your mood. Although you can upgrade and purchase some of the yoga videos and longer meditations, we just simply use all of the free ones and have loved it.
This one is newer to us, but we love the concept! Aura helps to target and reduce stress and anxiety. Each day, the app will provide you with a new 3-minute meditation. Simply plug in how you are feeling on a particular day, and Aura will recommend the best, short-and-sweet, meditation for you.
The calm app does as its name implies – it calms you. This app is especially great for the evening because it provides you with nature sounds. Think rain falling and waves crashing. However, if you want a guided meditation, Calm will do that too. It will even provide you options for walking meditations or sleep stories to help with insomnia and restless sleep.
Deep Relaxation – Yoga Nidra Lite
Yoga Nidra, ironically, is not yoga in the sense of movement and flow. Yoga Nidra is a lying meditation where you lay in comfortable position (with as many blankets or pillows as you’d like), and are guided to relax in a dream like state (think of those moments when you have been asleep, yet awake – that is what Yoga Nidra is like). As a result, you can rest better. Please know that it is normal and okay to actually just fall asleep during Yoga Nidra, so doing this in the evening is best.
These are our current favorite and free apps. Do you have a favorite? Let us know! We are always looking into new apps and would love to hear the ones you love.