Indigo’s top 5 Mindful Meditation Apps of 2020
Mindful meditation is a simple way to reap tonnes of benefits
Thousands of studies prove that mindful meditation can:
(Be honest, you need this from the year 2020)
- Reduce stress
- Improve sleep
- Increase focus and attention span
- Reduce pain and boost our immunity
- Increase self-awareness and compassion
- Improve mood
- Boost creativity
- Even better our relationships (sign me up!)
Let’s think of meditation apps as our trusty life level-up side-kick
Put simply, meditation makes you a happier person and improves pretty much every aspect of life! DAMN!
But where do I begin? Which App is best for me?
There are HEAPS of meditation Apps out there so it can be difficult to know which one to use. Good news — I’ve asked our Indigo practitioners which Apps they swear by and recommend to their clients!
Here are our top 5 meditation Apps for 2020 based on the most recommended by our practitioners:
More meditation is practised on Insight Timer more than any meditation app (wow). This App has 10+ free guided meditations added every day. With thousands of meditations to choose from, you can turn this practice into a daily habit in no time. There’s a cool community feel too – Jump into discussion groups and other community features to meditation with people from all over the globe.
Find an inner calm, and balance in your day with the Headspace apps guided meditation and mindfulness techniques. They’ve also got rad before bed to level-up your night routine: features including music, nature soundscapes, or storytelling sleepcasts. This app also tailors meditations based on your needs, so you can learn the essentials of meditation first and become a pro down the track.
Calm is an award-winning App filled with calming exercises, breathing techniques and even a walking meditation to help you relax. The app also has a Calm Kids section with meditations for the youngins’ between the ages of 3 and 17 (can never start practising mindfulness too early!) The Sleep Stories section features a great mix of voice talent — you may listen to actors Harry Styles or Laura Dern’s dulcet tones to lull you to sleep.
Use Aura for personalised daily meditations, life coaching, music/nature sounds and stories by selecting your mood when you open the app (neat). You can also track your mood as you go and then check back to review patterns in how you feel. The app lets you set reminders to breathe and take mindfulness breaks throughout your day – something you ALL need a lil more of am I right?
Sattva is the one for you if you are looking to get in touch with the history and origin of meditation (or even if you’re thinking about starting your own meditation practice!). The app draws its meditations from ancient Vedic principles. There’s a range of 6min+ guided meditations, and other features include sacred sounds, chants, mantras and music by Sanskrit scholars. There’s also a meditation journal to track your progress and feel free to browse playlists designed to inspire you (or your future sessions!)
Download one of the apps to incorporate mindfulness into your day. FYI being mindful doesn’t have to be complicated or take up heaps of your day. Feel free to DM us on our Insta and let us know how you’re going with your mindful meditation journey’s!
Happy meditating Indigo’s x
This post was written by @laurabeddoe Provisional psychologist and Indigo’s freelance content creator. If you have any requests or suggestions for blog content, you can get in touch with her here.