It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review. So, let’s go: today I will discuss the app ‘Headspace’.
‘Headspace’ was founded in 2010 by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. It is probably one of the best known apps for meditation with more than 8,5 million payed users.
Andy is an expert in meditation and mindfulness. In his twenties, he traveled around the world and even became a Tibetan Buddhist Monk.
Headspace will learn you to create space in your head. You will learn that thoughts come and go and you don’t have to control them.
Andy Puddicombe explains this beautifully using an example. Imagine you are sitting along the highway in a nice garden chair and you see all the cars passing by. Those cars are your thoughts. What we often do is jump out of our garden chair and try to control the thoughts / cars. Or we run after them.
Through the exercises on Headspace you don’t get up, you don’t run after anything, you just observe it from a distance.
Watch Andy’s Ted-talk here to learn more about him.
Let’s Get Acquainted
If you don’t have a lot of experience with mindfulness-like things, you can start with ‘Headspace’. The beginner’s course which consists of ten lessons is free of charge, and you can do it as many times as you like.
You can follow your own progress through your personal profile page and share your experiences through the buddy system.
The app also offers numerous options for those who want to de-stress. Besides guided meditations, it can help you fall asleep, and has an SOS session in a moment of panic. You can even do work outs with The Wake Up and Move Mode.
Unfortunately, most additional features are not available for free. You can upgrade to Headspace Plus with a free trial which turns into an auto-renewing monthly subscription at $ 9.99/month or an auto-renewing yearly subscription at $ 49.99/year.
There are special discounts available for students, families and unemployed subscribers.
The nice thing about this app is the typical animated style, which makes it fun and attractive in use.
When you open the app, you’ll enter the homepage.
– Home: Here you’ll get an overview of your progress in the mindfulness course. Also, you can choose different brief meditation sessions. At the bottom of the screen there’s the button to unlock the entire Headspace Library with a free trial.
– Explore: There’s a wide range of themes for meditations: ‘weathering the storm’, ‘reframe stress and relax’, ‘anger, sadness and growth’, ‘beginning meditation’, ‘deepen your practice’, ‘focus at work’, ‘meditate with kids’, ‘animations and more’ and ‘performance mindset’. Unfortunately, with a free account you don’t have access to all of these files.
– Sleep: This menu gives you access to Sleepcasts, Wind downs, Nighttime SOS, Sleep music, Sleep radio and Soundscapes. You’re sure to find a sound here that meets your needs!
– Profile: Your personal account info with adjusted settings. Here you can add buddies, take a look at your stats and track your journey on a timeline.
What I Like The Most About This App
– Mini-meditations: It doesn’t have to be long all of a sudden; only 3 minutes of meditation are enough at the beginning.
– Child-friendly app: With the nice, colorful lay-out of the app and the available meditations for children, it’s a gem for parents and anyone working with kids!
– Sleep music: Love the relaxing nature sounds to fall asleep, like rain falling down.
– Access to free options before you need to purchase a subscription.
– Beautiful app with an attractive animated design.
– Clear instructions, all guided by Andy’s voice.
– Very suitable for beginners, especially with the free basic course (10 lessons)
– Available for both Android and Apple smartphones.
– For extra features (access to the entire Headspace Library) you’ll have to buy a subscription after a free trial.
– In my opinion auto-renewal is not very user-friendly: if you don’t want to get stuck on anything, make sure you turn it off by going to your ‘account settings’ after the purchase.
– Most features require a working internet connection.
I really love the recognizable ‘Headspace’ house-style. The app is fun to use, provides clear instructions and offers a broad range of meditations.
Personally, I think a subscription is worth your money. If you compare that to membership fees for yoga classes and meditation courses, it’s not so bad at all.
Overall, I reward this app with 3.5 stars.
How do you feel about this app? Is it a ‘Yay’ or a ‘Nay’?
With love ❤,