There are many types of meditation techniques that people can practice. One of the most commonly type of meditations that people focus on is mindfulness. The app Headspace offers various techniques and exercises that allow people to successfully practice mindfulness meditation. Headspace was created by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. The program is voiced by Andy who is a former Buddhist. Before he became a monk, Andy studied and practiced mindfulness meditation in the Indian Himalayas for ten years. He then combined that practice with online technology in order to modernize it for the average consumer. The app has been downloaded by millions of users ever since.
The Headspace app has a modernized design that makes it very enjoyable to use. It consists of vibrant colors that easily grab your attention but don’t distract you from the meditation exercises in any form. The mobile interface is extremely intuitive and navigating from one module to the next is very smooth. The app is available to download for Apple iOS or Android mobile and tablet devices.
The app starts users off with a free trail that contains basic mindfulness meditation sessions, 10 to be exact, with easy-to-follow instructions. The foundation course is titled “Take 10 Free Trial” and each guided exercise lasts 10 minutes. You are not able to skip sessions when you start practicing. It’s a sequential process where one level has to be completed in order to unlock the next. After you have finished all ten sessions, you can unlock the full course by paying for subscription. Prices vary depending on the payment plan you choose and aren’t cheap: $12.95 per month and $95.88 for a year.
On the “Discover” section of the app, paid members are able to access the “Packs” category which has the full library of guided sessions for mindfulness meditation. Each session is divided into different topics such as health, happiness and sport. There is also a “Singles” program that contains quick, one-off, courses that you can practice in your daily activities as sleeping, walking and commuting. An SOS button guides you through 3-minute sessions that help calm your mind in stressful situations. Each course contains animations that help you practice mindfulness meditation in a fun way. The animation is especially useful on the “Kids” section, where kids can easily meditate.
The Headspace app provides great mindfulness meditation exercises for anyone who is interested in trying it out. The content provided is secular so it is ideal for anyone to practice the sessions, regardless of their personal views or religious backgrounds. The main audience that the introductory Headspace program is geared towards are beginners and children who have little to no experience in mindfulness meditation. Professional meditators will benefit from the app as well. However, there is no way to skip sessions as each one has to be completed before jumping to the next.
Interestingly, Headspace can be used as a way to treat physical health conditions like chronic pain, cancer and hypertension. It can also treat psychological disorders that include insomnia, eating disorders and addiction. Overall, it’s a great app to practice mindfulness meditation with a stylized layout and courses that are exciting for both kids and adults. The only downside is the price, but if you’re able to afford it you’ll find that it’s well worth using it.