Developed by Bodian in collaboration with Mental Workout, this app offers six meditations ranging from five to 40 minutes. It's a serious starter pack with lots of tips on finding and sticking to the right meditation time, location and position — even where to rest your tongue. The narration is fairly minimal, with lots of silence to focus on your practice.
Pranayama Universal Breathing
For: Android, iPhone, iPad, Nook, Windows
Cost: Free and $4.99 versions
Saagara's program trains slow, deep, precisely timed breathing. A progress bar fills for every inhale and exhale, as does a pie chart. You can watch the lungs expanding and contracting in the illustrated, breathing man. Or listen to the tones that rise for inhale and fall for exhale. With the paid version you can access more advanced breathing techniques.
For: Android, iPhone
With a friendly, positive feeling, Headspace offers 10-minute meditations over a 10-day course. It explains meditation with cute animation of a mind that looks like a puff of cotton candy with legs. You can track your progress as the mind leaps over the hurdle of each day's program. There's no music with the instructions that lead you to focus on your breath, body and environment.