Celeste's Top Picks for Free Meditation Apps


Self-care is something we should all do on a daily basis.  It's good for the body, mind and spirit.  While we have a plethora of breathing and meditation audios in our SAS RFC gallery, apps are great too. In this article, I’m sharing six free meditation apps that can assist with focus, stress-relief, sleep and even anxiousness.

Meditation can range in length from one minute to more. There is no right or wrong. You simply need to be present. A helpful meditation practice sets the tone for calm, inspiration, restorative sleep and even helps with cognition and increasing gray matter.

Insight Timer is a free app that I’ve been using for ~12 years. It's one of my favorites. It has a large library to choose from and for those who want a little more, which includes multi-day courses and lectures from renown teachers, Insight Timer also offers a paid tier.

This year they are launching the Insight Timer: Healing through Self-Care Summit on Saturday, June 18, 2022 (and it’s free)! I’ve already registered and giving myself a day of self-care.

If you are in search of an app that is specific to someone dealing with an illness, the Meditation Rx App is a great resource. This app is specific to assisting and supporting a loved one through a challenging time. Many times people are in search of stress-relief during a difficult time in life. In my years of teaching meditation, this has been an app that I recommend and has been helpful.

Calm is another app I have thoroughly enjoyed personally for many years. It has assisted me with calm, presence, finding serenity and so much more. It has won numerous awards and was named by the Center for Humane Technology as "the world's happiest app".  I have to agree!  I love it!

The next recommendation, At Ease App, is designed to help someone stop the spiral of anxiety/worry. The app features guided breathing meditations and guided journaling with topics to write on and think about during the day. The app's intention is to make deep and lasting change rather than apply a temporary "band aid".  

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep and deal with racing thoughts and perhaps insomnia, the iSleep Easy App is a good choice. The app contains three guided meditations to help you fall asleep and sleep deeply. You can listen to the meditations with or without music or nature sounds. It’s also great for kids. 

Headspace is not a free meditation app, but it’s easily the best meditation app for those who are just learning to meditate. They offer the first 2 weeks of meditations for free. After that time, you can continually listen to these meditations again and again. Like Insight Timer, the app tracks consecutive days of meditation. This data acts as a motivational cue to keep the practice going. SAS being SAS, we love data! I recommend Headspace for both the novice and experienced meditators.

Last but not least, visit the RFC video gallery.  It's not an app but it is a website that anyone can access.  We have hundreds of meditations to choose from ranging from a couple of minutes to 30+ provided by our amazing instructors at SAS.  Varied themes are provided along with guided relaxation, breathwork and more.  Here's our latest - Honoring Life Meditation.  



Note: Make sure that you do not listen to meditations while driving or operating machinery.  The beautiful meditation script - Honoring Life - is used with permission.  Please be advised that there is no profit or paid affiliation with any of the apps mentioned in this article.  It's purely personal experience.



About Author

Celeste Cooper

Wellness & Fitness Manager

Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty-five years. She began as a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in the medical field, she saw the need to follow a path of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate in her position overseeing Wellness and Fitness. She believes curiosity and collaboration bring insight and new ideas which bring out the best in everyone from team members to those who are making healthy lifestyle changes. Believing that the body knows how to heal if given the proper tools, Celeste earned certifications in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Classical Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic & Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2020. Celeste is a published author and practices what she preaches and teaches. She is a nationally recognized Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT).

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