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Meditation and TOP-5 apps for finding your Zen

Just a week ago it has been it had been announced that the meditation app Calm hitted unicorn status as it raised fresh $88 million funding. Such news is also interesting because this is to be the World’s First Mental Health Unicorn.

Calm was launched in 2012 and since then there had been arose a lot of apps for meditation and wellness as the interest in all the aspects of mental health is growing up for the last years.

Yes, we do know that meditation carries all kinds of benefits as it is transforming the mind, encouraging concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and calmness. But to be sincere, meditation sounds simple enough, but it’s not so easy for oneself to deal with all the sort of distracting thoughts when it comes to the practice. That’s where meditation apps come in. They’re like a little guru in your pocket which make it easy to easy and possible to practice meditation anywhere.

We, at Alty do practice meditation and really enjoy it. So here they are our TOP-5 meditation apps — just choose the one which fits you best, take your seat and concentrate on finding your Zen.

CALM

Nice design with fun animations and a well-organized library of classes. This app offers a nice mix of guided and less structured meditations and it’s easy to customize.

There are also such options as for Daily Calm (a 10-minute program you can practice before the beginning or end of your day), breathing exercises, unguided meditations, sleep stories, and more than 25 soothing sounds to help you improve your sleep.

HEADSPACE

Created by Andy Puddicombe, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, this app is really cool, trendy, and user-friendly.

The only thing uncomfortable thing is that all of the meditations are guided — there’s no option to hit a timer and simply savor the silence or soothing ambient sounds.

THE MINDFULNESS

App Packed with features, this meditation app includes a five-day guided meditation practice, reminders for when it’s time to relax, and other offers based on individual meditation habits.

And it can also be integrated with other health apps if users enjoy using their devices to improve their health.

INSIGHT TIMER

This free meditation app gives you two options — you can either pick a guided meditation (ranging anywhere from one minute to an hour or more) or you can use the timer option — you choose how long you want to meditate for, then pick a bell sound to signal the beginning and end of your meditation. Also, you can also opt for ambient sound like raindrops or choir music to play while you’re in zen mode.

10% HAPPIER

Based on the book by ABC news anchor Dan Harris, this meditation app offers over 350 guided meditations, as well as video courses with meditation experts. It’s designed for skeptics who want to try meditation, but want to simplify the process with practical, easy-to-apply content.

And a bonus-option is that you can also message meditation coaches and ask them any questions you have about your practice.

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