After practising yoga for a while you may find you become interested in meditation. But if you’ve never meditated before, it can be intimidating. How do I start? Am I supposed to stop thinking? How is that even possible? Or, if you’re like me, it can be challenging to maintain a regular meditation practice.
Headspace was recommended to me by a good friend who was facing the same struggle and stumbled upon a TED Talk from a Headspace co-founder. I was really impressed. And now I’m hooked.
Here’s the skinny:
- Purpose: Headspace wants to get as many people as possible to take 10 minutes out of their day and practice a simple and easy-to-learn meditation techniques to experience a healthier and happier mind.
- What it is: Hours of stored meditation content so you can get your practice in anywhere, at any time. Track your progress, receive messages to keep you motivated and learn loads about the meditation process.
- Access: http://www.getsomeheadspace.com or download from your iOS or Andriod mobile app store for free.
- Cost: First 10 meditations free, then monthly memberships starting at €3.74 or about $5CAD per month (the longer you subscribe, the cheaper the monthly cost).
- Get started: Watch an introductory video by Headspace co-founder and former monk Andy Puddicombe, then check out some fun, stylized animations that explain the purpose and process of meditation. From there, try the Take Ten program: ten, 10-minute meditations meant to be done for, you guessed it, ten days.
- The experience: The app is very user-friendly and is loaded with great information to support your journey. Andy guides you through the meditation process clearly, without rhetoric or jargon: breath, sensations, observing your thoughts. It gets easier and easier to come back each day. It was a great way to come back to my practice and I’d highly recommend it to newcomers.
- Keep going: You can then purchase a monthly membership to access hundreds of hours of content. Add to your practice in 5-minute increments and explore a variety of topics.
- Note: I couldn’t figure out how to purchase a membership via the app so I emailed the help team and they responded within 24 hours (turns out this needs to be done online). Then I received a follow-up offering of 3 free months. Now that’s service.
- Added benefit: 10% of Headspace proceeds are donated to global charities supporting well-being, which is the cherry on top of the clarity pie you’ll be baking through your meditation practice. The New York Times said it best: “Andy Puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.”
I could go on about more great features of Headspace, but instead I’ll leave you with a few screenshots of the App and a recommendation to try it for yourself.
Do you use any meditation apps? Let us know in the comments section below.
About 8 years ago I came to yoga looking for a way to improve my strength and flexibility for a snowboarding season in New Zealand.Little did I know that the practice would become an instrumental part of my life.Yoga is now the foundation for all things that I value – my personal relationships, singing and songwriting, my day job at an airline, and all the physical activities I enjoy outdoors.
Having completed my teacher training in the Iyengar style of yoga I love classes that focus on critical alignment, particularly those that explore movement in fun and creative ways.My favourite classes are lead by down-to-earth instructors who safely challenge us to try something new and have a laugh while doing it.