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Mind, Body, Tech: Meditation And Wellness Apps Bring Mindfulness To The Masses

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Peace of mind can now be found 24/7, with a few simple clicks through online wellness services.

Stuck out in the sticks? Strapped for time? We chose three of our favorite digital destinations that make connecting the mind and body easy in every lifestyle and location.

Yoga Download

Practice quieting the mind and calming the spirit anytime and anywhere without streaming. Yoga Download offers audio, slideshow and video files of yoga classes, meditations, music and other fitness workouts for direct download to your iPod, mp3 player, computer or mobile device.

Led by top instructors, classes run from 20-90 minutes to fit any schedule. Users can choose the level and type, combining options with other exercises that can even be tailored to details such as pre- or post-pregnancy. Yoga Download is accessible, convenient and affordable. And it gives you karma: a portion of the proceeds go to a variety of charities.

Soothe

Book a soul-healing massage with Soothe, a massage-on-demand service and app. Think: the equivalent of Uber for massages. Users can book Swedish, deep tissue, sports or couples massages via the iOS and Android apps, as well as on the website. The 60 ($99), 90 ($139) or 120 ($169) minute treatment times are priced to be inclusive of gratuity and taxes, streamlining the process for a completely stress-free experience. 

Merlin Kauffman started the service after becoming disenchanted with the limited operating hours of traditional day spas and advance-notice booking requirements. 

"Soothe brings the spa to you; our trained and vetted therapists deliver spa-quality treatments — often within one hour's notice," said Kauffman. "Plus there's no parking or traffic, and when it's over, you are just steps away from a hot bath or your own bed."

Appointments are available daily from 9 a.m. to midnight in 10 U.S. cities; services can be scheduled at any time.   

Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think recently won the 2015 Webby People's Choice Award, signifying that mindfulness is becoming more mainstream. Its premise is simple: the tool guides people of all backgrounds and ages through meditations for compassion and mindfulness.

Learn to develop and apply kindness in daily life by following their three steps. First, stop what you're doing and check in with your emotions and feelings. Next, practice mindful breathing to create space within thoughts, reactions and emotions. Finally, think about broadening perspectives and applying meditative techniques to find a sense of calm and ease.

Sample from the basics of mediation with exercises at varying lengths that cover an array of techniques. You can try the shorter practices while at work, utilizing the longer sessions at home. The app asks users to provide input on how they feel – both mentally and physically – before suggesting a meditation practice based on the response. This easy-to-follow app makes learning to be mindful, present and compassionate routine.

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