Meditation is an important part of my (almost) daily routine. I’ve broken the habit in the past, but it’s something I always make sure to come back to – and I’ve been doing a pretty good job at sticking to it for the past couple weeks. While I’m not opposed to sitting in complete silence for 10-15 minutes, I tend to rely on meditation apps to guide me through my morning zen session. I recently stumbled upon the latest meditation app on the market, Meditation Studio by Gaiam, and was really excited to check it out.
Here is what the app offers:
The app has a variety of collections related to health and wellness, including stress, sleep, anxiety, pain, happiness, compassion, and confidence. Each pack has several different meditations you can pick and choose from based on your needs and how much time you have, and you don’t need to follow them in consecutive order. You can also browse meditations by instructor, which is useful if there is a voice you find you’ve connected with most. At the moment, I’ve been loving the meditations by Chrissy Carter, like her one on “Releasing Self-Doubt.”
I love that they have so many that are just a few minutes long, which leaves no excuse for not taking a 3 minute pause during a hectic day to center yourself and reconnect with your breath.
Meditation Studio also offers these three meditation courses:
- Meditation Essentials (15 sessions): An introduction to meditation, including how to create your own space, confront common difficulties, and understand the different styles of meditation.
- Uncovering Happiness (19 sessions): On training your mind to overcome negative thoughts and find more joy.
- Changing Habits (12 sessions): For identifying and changing any unhealthy habits you currently have.
I have yet to check these courses out, but I’m most interested in trying Uncovering Happiness.
I would say this app is great for both novices and more experienced meditators, as it provides a variety of quick mood boosters. While it’s not free to download, there are no in-app purchases or additional subscription fees, which means that you’ll have access to a bunch of meditations at any time of day for just three bucks. That’s a better deal than the majority of (paid) meditation apps have offered thus far. I’ve regretted downloading apps before, but this one hasn’t been a disappointment. If you’re interested in meditation at all, I’d recommend adding this app to your collection.