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The 6 Best Meditation Apps

 Meditation has been around for centuries. It uses the practice of mindful breathing and guided imagery to help clear your mind of your daily stress. Studies show that meditation is not only beneficial to your mental health but to your physical health too. So, if you've been practicing for years or are a complete novice, these apps will help keep your mind, body and soul calm.
 

 

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1. The Mindfulness App
iPhone, Android FREE

This app is packed with features. It includes a five-day guided meditation practice, reminders, personalized meditation offers and timers to keep you on track. If you're serious about the practice of meditation, this is the app for you. 

2. Headspace
iPhone, Android FREE

This app is perfect for those starting out. It offers 10, 10-minute meditations for the complete novice. It's designed to help you quickly understand what the practice is all about. The app also contains a personalized progress page, a reward system for continued practice and a buddy system for you and your friends, helping you stay on track. Once you've completed the 10 meditations, others can be purchased in the app. 



3. Calm
iPhone, Android
FREE

This app allows you to choose from an assortment of guided meditation experiences. The selections range from 3-minute to 25-minute sessions. Alternatively, you can opt for Daily Calm, a 10-minute program which enables you to practice right before your day begins (or ends). It also includes more than 20 sleep stories, breathing exercises, unguided meditations and more than 25 soothing sounds, promoting a good night's sleep. 

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4. buddhify
iPhone, ($4.99)  Android ($2.99)

This app gives you access to over 11 hours of custom meditation, with each exercise tailored to target a specific aspect of your life. Perhaps you need help going to sleep, staying offline, need a work break - the app will help you keep your demands in check. Each one ranges from 5 to 30 minutes and lets you check-in, enabling you to track your meditation progress over time. 

5. Insight Timer
iPhone, Android FREE

This app features over 4,500 free guided meditation from over 1,000 meditation practitioners. It also features 750 meditation music tracks and lets you customize your intervals and background sounds so that your meditation session is exactly what you're looking for. 

6. Smiling Mind
iPhone, Android FREE

This app is not just for kids - it offers meditation exercises sectioned into different age groups. Children as young as seven can use the app, and so can adults of any age. Families are encouraged to create sub accounts, enabling you to manage everything in one app. It also features a section for educators, at a variety of grade levels, enabling them to use these meditation exercises in the classroom. 

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