What is meditation?
Meditation is a way to untangle our thoughts and the emotions associated with them. When we’re stressed or distracted, we’re focused on our reaction to something—an event, a frustration, or a task, for example. Meditation teaches us to separate ourselves from our reaction and simply observe it, without attaching emotion. This awareness allows us to remain in the present moment, understand our thought patterns, and learn more about our emotions and ourselves.
What kind of meditation does Meditation Studio use?
At Meditation Studio, we offer a diverse selection of meditation styles, teachers, and traditions, from Mindfulness to Buddhist and beyond. Our many types of meditation include breath, body, heart, visualization, inspiration, and of course, instruction.
We believe that everyone comes to meditation for different reasons, which is why we’ve thoughtfully curated our collections based upon particular conditions and goals. You’ll be able to find your favorites easily, and come back daily to explore more.
Is meditation religious?
While meditation’s origins are rooted in several Eastern spiritual disciplines, its techniques can be beneficial to anyone, regardless of religion. At Meditation Studio, we practice meditation without a religious affiliation or agenda. We believe that meditation can be a part of anyone’s life.
How long does it take to learn?
Just like learning a new skill, everyone’s experience is different. Generally, you’ll begin to get comfortable with the basic techniques within two weeks. Once you begin to notice positive changes in your mindset, like a calmer mind and a kinder outlook, you’ll be motivated to continue your practice. Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself and respect your unique process of learning.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Want to improve your health? Meditate! Stress is a leading trigger of many health conditions, and current research shows that meditation can help with stress management, anxiety, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. Meditation has been shown to increase the brain’s capacity for attention span, focus, and creativity. Recent studies have also shown that meditation can increase our compassion toward others.
Where can I find research on meditation?
Scientific researchers are paying more and more attention to the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation. We’ve collected some of the most compelling data on meditation’s benefits in our upcoming Science section.
What do I need to get started?
All you need to start your meditation practice is comfort and dedication. Find a comfortable place to sit, and be willing to commit to your practice at the same time each day. Do your best to stay committed and remember, if you skip a day, simply start again.
When should I meditate?
We all have busy schedules, so it’s important to make the time. Practicing first thing in the morning means it actually gets done. Plus, it’s a nice way to start the day—fresh and clear, carrying your intention and your awareness through the rest of the day.
Where should I meditate?
Meditate anywhere that’s comfortable for you. That could mean a quiet room at home, a conference room at work, or on a park bench outside. What’s most important is finding a place where you won’t be distracted.
Once you’re comfortable with meditation, you can take your practice with you: to the park, on the subway, or even while standing in line at the grocery store. Our Quick Break sessions offer super-short mood and location-based meditations for those moments when you’re in need of extra zen.
How can I find the time to meditate?
We’re all busy, and adjusting our schedules is never easy. But remember that you don’t need much time for meditation—as little as five minutes can make a difference. When you begin to think of meditation as another daily activity—like eating or brushing your teeth—it becomes easier to fit into your schedule. You can also fit several mini-sessions into your day as time is available.
How should I sit?
Find a comfortable sitting position that’s right for you. While meditation is often depicted as sitting cross-legged on the floor, sitting upright in a chair is perfectly acceptable, and a great place to start for beginners. It’s important to find comfort while keeping meditation’s mindset in mind: an easy mixture of alertness and relaxation.
If you’re in a chair, place your feet flat on the floor and your hands either on your knees or folded in your lap. Slouching isn’t ideal for proper breathing, so tilt your pelvis slightly forward to stack your spine naturally over your hips. Keep your head upright and balanced between your shoulders.
How should I breathe?
While meditating, there’s nothing more to do than breathe. Allow your breath to be at its resting depth and rhythm, and simply observe your natural pace.
Can I listen to music?
Traditionally, meditation is done in silence or with only ambient background sounds. Music is a wonderful, powerful tool that can stir our emotions and send our minds on a journey. Because of this, music can be a distraction while meditating; especially music with lyrics. If you’re trying to focus on your breath, music may distract you, and vice versa: if you’re trying to listen to music, it may be hard to focus on your breath.
Should I meditate with my eyes open or closed?
See what works for you. Some practitioners find that eyes open with a low, soft gaze allows them to be more present. Others find closing the eyes much more effective. Experiment with both techniques and see what feels best to you.
How long should my meditation session last?
For beginners, it’s important not to sit too long: we’ve crafted two-, five-, ten-, and 15-minute meditations, all of which are great for beginners who want to start a daily practice. Committing to shorter daily meditations is better than doing a longer meditation once a week.
Think about meditation like exercise: start slowly and build up your endurance. Ten minutes a day is a great starting point, and with time, you might like to extend your meditation to 25 minutes or longer.
Most importantly, shrug off any expectations or comparisons to others’ practices; some people enjoy sitting for an hour at a time, and others find ten minutes to be enough. Do what feels right for you!
Can I meditate without a teacher?
Absolutely. The key to learning meditation is having quality, reliable information you can trust. Once you learn the basics (our Meditation Essentials course from Michael Apollo is a great place to start), you’ll be able to practice meditation without the guidance of a teacher.
Meditation Studio is a great way to sample different teachers’ styles and meditate when the time is right for you. For those who are looking for meditation practices without a teacher, we’ll be launching an upcoming series of unguided sessions soon.
Why am I not seeing improvements?
We all want to see improvements in our practice, as well as our everyday interactions. But the bigger question here is, what is it you’re looking for in your meditation practice? Steer clear of comparison, judgment, or lofty expectations.
If you need to weigh your “improvements,” consider the quality and strength of your day-to-day awareness. Remember, be patient with yourself, take it slowly, and don’t expect too much, too quickly. All changes take time; little by little, you’ll begin to notice subtle differences.
Why does my meditation feel forced?
Just like exercise, some days are easy and some days are rough. Meditation, like many other practices, takes time to get used to, and its effects vary from day to day. Remember that your meditation practice is completely voluntary, and it’s something you want to do. Difficult moments will no doubt arise, even with seasoned practitioners; remember to stick with it and be kind to yourself when the going gets tough.
Why can't I stop thinking?
Every living, breathing human thinks—all the time! A common misconception about meditation is that you have to “stop thinking.” Because of the way our brains have evolved, we are hard-wired to think—and the more we try to stop our thoughts, the more they pop up.
When your mind feels flooded, have patience with yourself, bring your attention back to your breath, and allow yourself to simply observe your train of thought. Over time—and with practice—your sense of ease and calm will increase.
Why can't I sit still?
Everyone feels restless or agitated at times. Find a comfortable seated position that allows you to remain awake and alert. Still feeling resistance? Acknowledge that feeling with a sense of neutral observation and watch it pass. Bring your focus back to your breath, and remember to be patient with yourself.
Why do I get drowsy or fall asleep?
Meditation, like sleep, is deeply relaxing. When you’re overworked and stressed, your brain is starved for rest and relaxation, and your meditation practice may lead you to fall asleep. First, know that this is completely normal, especially when you’re learning meditation. Second, make sure you’re meditating at a time of day that’s clearly separate from your sleeping habits.
For example, if you meditate first thing in the morning, make sure you’re fully awake. If you meditate before bed, do it early enough in the evening so you’re not too tired. (Unless you’re practicing with our sleep collection!)
If your seated position is too relaxed, try placing a rolled up towel underneath your seat. This will help shift your hips forward, allowing you to sit in a more upright, alert position.
I cannot tap on anything, the app is not responding.
Please ensure that you have the latest version of Meditation Studio from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you are seeing screens that have an introduction to our app features, just keep swiping from right to left and you should eventually find a screen which asks if you would like to switch on the health integration.
Thank you for bearing with us.If you continue to experience issues please contact us.
I'm having trouble getting past the introduction screens.
If you are seeing screens that have an introduction to our app features, just keep swiping from right to left and you should eventually find a screen which asks if you would like to switch on the health integration.
If you continue to have issues ensure that you have the latest version of Meditation Studio from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If that doesn't work please try deleting the app and reinstalling. Once you delete the app, please turn your phone all the way off and back on again.
On iPhone, hold the top or side power button for a few seconds until the "slide to power off" slider appears, and slide it. Then hold down the top or side power button for a couple of seconds again to turn the back on. Then re-download and install from the Apple App Store.
On Android Devices, hold the side power button for a few seconds until the "Power Off" option appears, and tap it. Then hold down the side button for a couple of seconds again to turn the back on. Then re-download and install from the Google Play Store.
I’m having problems playing meditations.
Please ensure that you have the latest version of Meditation Studio from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This is likely related to a meditation which has not downloaded correctly, so we suggest going to the Studio and deleting any meditation which is not playing correctly. This should allow you to re-download the meditation.
Also, you can try turning your device all the way off and back on again. Then try re-downloading the meditation.
On iPhone, hold the top or side power button for a few seconds until the "slide to power off" slider appears, and slide it. Then hold down the top or side power button for a couple of seconds again to turn the back on.
On Android Devices, hold the side power button for a few seconds until the "Power Off" option appears, and tap it. Then hold down the side button for a couple of seconds again to turn the back on.
Thank you for bearing with us. If you continue to experience issues please contact us.
How do I delete downloaded meditations?
On iPhone, In the Studio screen, swipe from right to left across a class to reveal the delete button. (Try not to start to close to the Teacher photo, or that will trigger opening the Teacher page.) Tap and confirm to delete any meditation session.
On Android devices, select the Studio tab from the main menu. In the list of your downloaded meditations, tap the pencil icon in the top right hand corner. Then tap the trash can icon to the right of the meditation you would like to delete. If you tap the trash can icon by accident on a meditation, don't worry, there is an option to immediately undo.
How do I play a background sound while playing a meditation?
The backgrounds sounds can be found on the player screen, tap the sound wave icon in the top right to select the background sound for that meditation. Once you've selected a background sound, you will see a mixer on the player screen which you can use to adjust the level of teacher voice vs background sound, adjust to your liking. The player will remember the sound and mixer level you have selected for each meditation and play it next time you play the same meditation.
I only hear the background sound, what happened to the teacher’s voice?
First, when using a background sound there is a mixer slider on the player screen. When it is moved all the way to the right, you will only hear the background sound. When it is moved all the way to the left, you will only hear the teacher's voice. In the middle you will hear both at an equal level. Check to see where this slider is positioned.
If you are still unable to hear the teacher's voice, can you turn your phone all the way off and back on again.
If you are still unable to hear the teacher's voice, try going to the Studio and deleting any meditation which is having problems. This should allow you to re-download the meditation.
Is Meditation Studio a subscription service or is it a one-time fee?
The app does not require a subscription — a one-time purchase of the app will unlock all of the content.
Can I install Meditation Studio on my Android device's SD card?
Yes, you can move Meditation Studio to your phone or tablet's SD card like any Android app.
Here are some steps to follow, please keep in mind that every device is different and these steps may vary based on your Android OS or device:
Does Meditation Studio support other languages?
At the moment, Meditation Studio is available in English only. We would like to add more languages in the future–thank you for your patience!