Your smartphone might not be the first place you turn when looking to find inner peace, but Headspace does a remarkable job of teaching the power of meditation through an app.
Headspace guides users through 10-minute daily routines designed to help clear their minds and learn the basics of meditation. The app comes with 10 lessons for free, which users can replay as many times as they want. But users who want to dive deeper can purchase a subscription to unlock meditation courses ranging from two minutes to an hour — aimed at improving focus, creativity and even relationships.
Each guided meditation course is narrated by the soothing voice of Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of Headspace. Puddicombe spent 10 years as a monk practicing meditation and mindfulness. He walks you through listening to your body, the sounds around you and what’s going on inside your head.
While Puddicombe is a former monk, Headspace seems to forgo the flowery, spiritual language that often surround meditation. The straightforward courses and light animations make meditation extremely approachable even for those who might be turned off by other meditation courses.
Headspace isn’t just successful at helping you meditate; it’s also pretty good at raising funds. Earlier this month, the company raised $30 million from the likes of Jessica Alba, Jared Leto and Ryan Seacrest, along with more traditional funding sources like The Chernin Group, Advancit Capital, Allen & Company and Breyer Capital. Even LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner got in on the funding action.
Subscriptions are $12.95 per month, but come down to $7.99 per month if you sign up for a full year. If you don’t want to worry about paying again, you can pay $419.95 for “Forever” access as well.
Headspace is available on the iOS App Store, Google Play store and Amazon Appstore. Users can also access Headspace on the web. If you’re looking to learn how to meditate or just need to calm down without completely ditching your phone, check out Headspace. Just be sure to turn off your other notifications before you start trying to settle down.