Great For: Meditation, Mindfulness, Relaxation, Mental Health, Learning
A mindfulness app with millions of users in more than 190 countries and one big mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world.
Headspace is free to download and offers you:
- Basic course to learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness
- The bite-sized minis exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day (for when you are short on time)
- Hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.
Headspace was launched by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson in 2010 as an events company teaching meditation and mindfulness. It turned into an app in response to people’s request for ability to access the teachings from home.
It all started with a personal journey of a man in his early twenties who gave up his Sports Science degree to become a Buddhist monk.
Andy Puddicombe practiced meditation for over 10 years. This training took him across the world to Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand, Australia and Russia. Eventually, he was ordained at a Tibetan monastery in the Indian Himalayas.
He returned to the UK with one goal – teaching meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible. To demystify the mystical, Andy set up a meditation consultancy and began working with politicians, athletes and business leaders.
While consulting with clients, Andy met Rich Pierson, who needed help dealing with the stress of the advertising world. Before long, Andy and Rich were skill-swapping meditation for business advice. The Headspace was born.