Publication date: Mar 18, 2020
Cost: $12. 99/month or $69. 99/year (it also offers a free trial) Calm is the number two best-reviewed app in the entire health and fitness category in the iPhone app store.
The free version comes with simple breathing exercises, sleep sounds and sleep breathing meditations, and basic, daily meditations that function, pleasantly, like a Chipotle-you customize your meditation by topic (mindful or loving kindness), time (5 to 30 minutes), speaker (male or female), and background sound (cave water!
Cost: Free, or $5. 99 to take an in-app course Liberate is a meditation app designed specifically for people of color.
Cost: Free Insight Timer bills itself as “the largest meditation community on earth,” and claims that over tens of millions of people use it daily.
Part of that success is likely because of its robust free version, which has 35,000 meditations.
The app offers simple silent meditations, a variety of teachers, and a function that allows you to search meditations by duration.
The design is a little WordPress-y, but it’s user friendly and offers a huge diversity of meditations, even in the free version.
The vast majority of the themed meditations (in categories like body, emotion, and relationships) are available only in the premium version, but the free app has a nice function that allows users to essentially design their own meditation, picking the duration, the background noises, and whether it is silent or guided.