Review: Headspace

Guide: Created by Andy Puddicombe, who was a Buddhist Monk (find him on TED!), and Richard Pierson
Price: 17.99$/month, 89.99$/year. There is a 7-day free trial available!
Features: Daily new meditations, courses set on different themes, soundscapes for better sleep, animations to help you kickstart your practice, SOS sessions, move mode for mindful workouts, ability to connect with friends using the app
User-friendliness: Very aesthetically-pleasing and clean, can select courses based on themes and needs, ability to save/like meditations, search function and includes a night mode
Mindfulness topics: Meditation basics, courses on everything from happiness, stress management, climate change, conscious eating to fear of flying
Narration quality: Easy-going and calm

I started by using the free version of headspace, which contains basic guided meditation ranging from 3-10 minutes. This series of 10 sessions can be helpful to those with limited experience practicing meditation. The seven day trial of the full app unlocks a wide variety from mini sessions to courses specific to a certain theme. It was interesting to test the mindfulness practices for daily events such as workouts, which was a first for me. The little cartoons and the clean style of the app also make it really nice to use and intuitive. I really appreciated the extensive variety of meditation sessions on offer, many of which can be done on the go (very helpful in a clinical setting!). If you like to diversify your meditation practice, this app is for you! – Salima

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