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28 April 2020 | 5 min read

#StayHome – 5 Yoga And Meditation Apps That Will Help You Get Through Social Isolation

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You’ve been hearing people around you tell you to start meditating and incorporating yoga in your life, but you’ve blissfully turned a deaf ear to them all this while. After all, you’ve had your Friday & Saturday nights to help you drink and dance your worries & stress away. Now that the Covid-19 has put a proverbial lock on your doors, you don’t have those things to turn to, and more often than not, things may be starting to get a little tense, both around you and within. We like to look at challenging times as opportunities to better ourselves, and these times can provide a tremendous opportunity – provided we are willing to put a little work into it.

We believe a subjective science such as yoga should always be delved into with a significant amount of care and under the supervision of a trained teacher who can see what you’re doing and thus guide you accordingly. The spiritual dimension of yoga has been quite abused by the West {though all of us here in India are slowly catching on}, and that is something we wish to avoid. So no loose chakra and vibe talk here! And, nothing that is unsafe for you – if you’ve got no experience in the field, these apps are good beginner points for you to start your journey into yoga & meditation. So take a deep breath and check them out.

Headspace

This app has an excellent & rich interface to begin with, which makes it an excellent app for both meditation and yoga. The colours are bright, yet never jarring. And the cute illustrative characters bring about that non-seriousness into the meditative process, which is particularly significant for those who have always been intimidated by to get started. The brilliant interface lets you slide smoothly into the experience.

They have plenty of guided meditations on Headspace. And from experience, the guiding voices are so soothing and pleasant to hear – not at all pretentious. There are several kinds of meditations that you can try – from essential timed guided meditations to those that will help you fall asleep, to those for personal growth, parenting, sports, students, and so on. And for those especially trying times when you hit real panic, they even have SOS sessions to help you weather the calm.

Calm

This app, too, has a rather attractive interface that makes for a soothing and tranquil experience. From the get-go, the app personalizes the experience for you depending on what you’re looking for – reducing stress, better sleep, developing gratitude, and more. And you can choose multiple options. Calm provides these 7-Day sessions for different subjects, such as dealing with pain, anxiety, bringing calm, etc., and it is a step by step process to bring you to a better place by the end of the week.

If you’re not in the mood for any guided meditation, then they even have music that plays for extended hours that you can lose yourself to and relax – like the sounds of raindrops on leaves, waterfalls, the ocean, and the forest.

Sadhguru

Sadhguru is a well-known yogi and mystic of the contemporary age, and the yogic tools that he has devised have helped millions around the world. To delve deeper into the more spiritual dimensions of these practices, you may have to take a physical course or visit the yoga center based in Coimbatore, and some more straightforward methods are provided on the Sadhguru app.

If you have never practiced yoga, then you can start with a-yoga, which means sub yoga. There are several practices under upa yoga, such as pranayama called Nadi Shuddhi that cleanses your energy channels, Yoga Namaskar, which is excellent for the health of the spine. Aside from these, there are many forms of meditations on the app, such as Isha Kriya – a simple 12-minute guided mediation that can prove to be transformative if done on a consistent and regular basis. They even have a meditation called Chit Shakti, which primarily uses the power of the mind to create what one wants. And if you want something that is specifically beneficial for these virus times, you can do a practice called Simha Kriya – which increases the lung capacity & improves immunity along with a particular chant.

The app otherwise contains a treasure trove of articles and videos that delve into different aspects of yoga and spirituality. Go explore!

Let’s Meditate: Sleep & Guided Meditation

The best thing about this app is that it does not require any user sign-up and does not play any ads. To use the app, choose a track, and hit play to start your day’s meditation session. Offering a variety of content including a curated list of guided meditation tracks catering to a comprehensive range of topics such as anxiety, body scan, healing, sleep, among others, this app is excellent for both beginners and experts.

It is also a good fit for people who are busy and cannot spend more than an hour practicing meditation in a day. It provides meditation tracks as short as five minutes and has tracks lasting over 40 minutes. There’s also an option to play these mediation tracks offline – what more do you need?

Insight Timer – Free Meditation App

This app offers everything starting from guided meditations and talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. With more than 40,000+ guided meditations, thousands of music tracks, and ambient sounds to calm the mind, focus, sleep better and relax, thousands of discussion groups and community features, it is a great tool to help you achieve mental wellness and stress.

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by Ipsita Nayak
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