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The Best Meditation Apps of 2016 to help you be totally zen

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 09:19AM


Application ABCs is a monthly column highlighting the latest in tech, social media and mobile phone applications.

Meditation is a term used for many different forms of relaxation. It can help with a wide variety of ailments including sleep disorders, depression, chronic pain and anxiety.
Meditation is also one of the very best ways to combat stress and the health issues made worse by stress. Regardless of age, gender or health status, anyone can benefit from meditation.
It is now easy to stay mindful on the move. See below for a list of the best meditation apps of 2016 that can be downloaded and taken anywhere.

Buddhify
$ - available for iPhone, Android
A mindfulness and meditation app built around you, Buddhify is perfect for busy folks looking to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their entire day. Buddhify’s meditations target all aspects of life including sleeping and traveling. Buddhify is an online life-changer, even if you are new to meditation.

Calm
Free - available for iPhone, Android
Calm starts out with a seven-day programme and is a great way for beginners to start meditation. There are options for sound and length of time as well as nature scenes to visually focus on while meditating.

Headspace
Free - available for iPhone, Android
Headspace is perfect for people just learning the art of meditation. Ten minute sessions encourage daily meditation, and you can focus on aspects such as performance, health and foundation.

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Mindfulness App
$ - available for iPhone, Android
Mindfulness allows you to jump right into a meditation session whenever you have a free moment. It is a wonderful app for advanced meditation, but is particularly helpful for beginners. This app allows users to set a reminder for the times of day you need a quick break or to relax.

Meditation Timer Pro
$ - available for iPhone
Meditation Timer Pro allows you to meditate in your preferred manner for as long as you like. The app features customised features as well as default sessions. Sessions include prep time, intervals and a cool-down period. 

Omvana
Free - available for iPhone, Android
Omvana allows users to choose the length of each meditation session. The app focuses on mindfulness, stress, sleep and relaxation. Omvana also gives access to meditation sounds, music and guided sessions.

Smiling Mind
Free - available for iPhone, Android
Smiling Mind is a unique, non-profit app created to increase compassion and happiness in the world. The app takes users one step closer to their goal. Smiling Mind is great for kids, teens and adults as the programmes are designed by age group.

Take a Break!
Free - available for iPhone, Android
Take a Break! allows you to do just that – take a break. Choose between a short or long meditation break with or without music. The app features easy instructions for how to get started.

 

 

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