12 of the Best Free Guided Meditation Sites 2016

Free Guided Meditation WebsiteA free guided meditation track a day, keeps the doctor away.

You’ve no doubt heard about some of the potential health benefits associated with meditation:

Reduced stress, better decision making, decreased blood pressure, improved mindfulness – it’s almost become an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle.

But why is forming the habit of sitting still for 10-20 minutes a day way easier said than done?

Like many of you out there, I’ve wrestled with meditation for many few years. Sometimes I go through phases where I’m on point, practising daily. Everything’s good, and I almost feel like a Jedi knight.

Other times, I struggle to be consistent, and whenever I do make the time to sit quietly, I just wanna be somewhere else.

Recently, in an attempt get myself back on track and make the pesky meditation habit stick again, I started playing around with guided meditation. Since starting, I’ve been on a roll, meditating daily without many hiccups.

It’s partly due to the massive amount of awesome free guided meditation resources I’ve stumbled across whilst delving through the depths of the internet. Today I thought I’d share my favourites, so you don’t have to search far and wide like I did.

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The Best Free Guided Meditation Sites

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1. Do Yoga With Me

  • Number of tracks: 30
  • Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, relaxation, sleep, healing, children.
  • Length: 9 to 60 min (average 20 min).
  • Download: Yes, paid.

Do Yoga With Me Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomDo Yoga With Me is one of my all-time favourite sites.

I’ve used it for quite a few years now, mainly for their collection of free yoga class videos (hip flexor heaven is a personal favourite).

Along with yoga vids (check out some my favourite stretching routines here), they also have a great library of guided meditation tracks too. There’s a wide range of styles and high quality recordings for you to dive into. Namaste.

2. The Free Mindfulness Project

  • Number of tracks: 30
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, healing, gratitude, body scan, moving.
  • Length: 3 to 45 min (average 20 mins)
  • Download: Yes, download only (free)

Do Yoga With Me Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomAgain, many different types of mindfulness mediation by various teachers. All tracks are free to download and distribute non-commercially, which is really cool.

One slight downfall is that it doesn’t seem to be possible to listen to the meditation tracks online – you have to download them. It just makes previewing the audio slightly more difficult, but it’s really not a big deal.

It’s still a solid resource.

3. Chopra Centred Lifestyle

  • Number of tracks: 16
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, healing, gratitude, sleep.
  • Length: 5 to 60 min (average 15 min).
  • Download: Yep, free.

Chopra Centre Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomThe Chopra centre is the brainchild of Deepak Chopra and David Simon, two MDs with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.

Amongst other things, the site hosts a wide range of meditation styles with high quality audio.

The dude who guides you through the mediation script has a deep, gravely voice that I really wasn’t expecting at first, but you get used to it after a while…

4. UCLA Meditation

  • Number of tracks: 8
  • Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, sleep.
  • Length: 3 – 12 mins.
  • Download: Yes, free.

UCLA Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomSimple and clear.

Most meditations tracks are pretty short, but that’s ideal for beginners who are just getting into forming the meditation habit.

A side note:

It’s really cool to see universities recognising the benefits of meditation and mindfulness! Definitely a step in the right direction

5. Fragrant Heart

  • Number of tracks: 50
  • Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, forgiveness, sleep, mantra, healing, children.
  • Length: 1 – 30 min (average 15 min).
  • Download: Yes, paid.

Fragrant Heart Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomFragrant Heart is one of my favourite free guided meditation sites, partly because of it’s cool name, but mainly because of the quality of the guided meditations. The tracks are separated into clear categories, with lots of different styles. Each meditation is available with or without background music too, which is a nice touch.

Some tracks are as short as a minute, which is great for beginners, and they also provide a free guided meditation course too.

(You might want to check out my interview with Elisabeth Blaikie, the founder of the site.)

6. Tara Brach

  • Number of tracks: 100+
  • Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, forgiveness, sleep.
  • Length: 10 – 40 min. (average 25 min).
  • Download: Yes, free.

Tara Brach Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomTara has a massive library of at least a hundred guided meditation tracks to keep you going, various styles, with a new one added each week.

The site is really user friendly, and the tracks are all good quality too. No music, just a calming voice guiding you through.

Nice and simple.

7. Meditation Oasis

  • Number of tracks: 50
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, healing, loving kindness, sleep.
  • Length: 8 to 25 min (average 18 mins).
  • Download: Yes, free.

Meditation Oasis Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomOne of the most popular meditation podcast on iTunes right now.

It’s not updated all that regularly, but there’s still plenty of episodes in the catalogue to work your way through.

Again, there’s a wide variety of meditation styles available. The ‘healthy body’ meditation is a good one to work up to.

8. The Meditation Podcast

  • Number of tracks: 28
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, healing, grief, sleep.
  • Length: 8 to 25 min (average 20 mins)
  • Download: Yes, free

Meditation Podcast Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomAnother great podcast with lots of different meditation styles to choose from, and all are free to download.

Headphones are recommended when listening, because the tracks are layered over binaural beats, which affect your brainwaves and make you extra mindful.

Groovy.

9. Audio Dharma

  • Number of tracks: 40
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, loving kindness, body scan.
  • Length: 5 to 50 min (average 20 mins)
  • Download: Yes, free

Audio Dharma Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomAudio Dharma is a massive resource, with around forty free guided meditations available from a variety of teachers, as well as a shed load of interesting talks and videos on mindfulness.

They also have a pretty good podcast, if you’re a fan of listening on the move.

Well worth checking out if you really want to dig into many different meditation styles, and  take your mindfulness game to the next level.

10. Calm

  • Number of tracks: 5
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, calming.
  • Length: 5 to 20 min
  • Download: Yes (on mobile)

Calm Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomCalm.com is a bit different to the rest of the sites I’ve mentioned.

You can either choose the simple guided meditations (which range from 2 to 20 mins) or go solo and use the meditation timer. You also get to select your background noise from a range of natural environments.

Calm is available online, or as an app for your iPhone or Android device.

11. Headspace

  • Number of tracks: 10 (100s in paid version)
  • Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, loving kindness, body scan, stress, anxiety, productivity, healing.
  • Length: 10 min (10 – 60 minutes in paid version)
  • Download: Yes

Headspace Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomDeveloped by former buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, and his business partner Rich Pierson, Headspace is the meditation app and website taking the mindfulness world by storm.

The ten day ‘Take Ten’ series is free to try out, but after that it’s a yearly subscription fee.

It’s definitely one of my favourite apps, and I can’t recommend it enough. I actually upgraded to the paid version, and I now use that every morning.

12. Dharma Seed

  • Number of tracks: 1000s
  • Meditation styles: Everything.
  • Length: 5 to 120 min
  • Download: Yes, free

Dharma Seed Free Guided Meditation, Health RoomI stumbled upon Dharma Seed after a comment from a reader a while back (thanks Gil).

It’s an incredible resource, with literally thousands free guided meditation tracks and talks from teachers from all around the world.

I’ve not delved too deep into the library yet, but from what I’ve heard so far, it’s a great site with a shed load of useful content.

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What are some of your favourite free guided meditation sites? Any you would add to the list?

Let me know in the comments section below!

52 Responses to “12 of the Best Free Guided Meditation Sites 2016

  • I LOVE guided meditation – thanks so much for compiling this list!

  • Great list! Tara Brach is amazing! I was recommended one of her books a while back “True Refuge” and really loved it! I only recently found out that she did meditation videos so that’s been great! Will have to check out some of the others on this list too 🙂 thanks for the reccomendations!

  • What a great list. I will definitely give some a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • David Wilks
    2 years ago

    hi Luke i got a new mediation app that is the 528hz healing frequency. Looped with mediation sounds. The 528hz frequency should really be called the Tinnitus frequency as they are identical. Instead of perceiving Tinnitus as a hearing problem it should be realised that the brain is using this frequency to protect and repair itself. This healing with sound theory was used by many ancient cultures including the Egyptians. My app is very simple. It is the 528hz with meditative music. You can set a timer and leave it on while you sleep. It’s great for sleep problems. I can’t paste the link for some reason. If you can send me an email I can send you the link. It in the playstore under my name and should have an Egyptian eye picture. The title is The 3rd Eye by 3rd eye blind. I don’t know how to send a free copy of the app or I would. Thanks

  • A nice list, thanks for sharing these!

  • What happens when we don’t get enough sleep?

  • Hi Luke,

    We’ve recently re-launched our site… meditainment.com… with two meditations free on registration including the highly popular Secret Garden. Please check it out and feel free to link us if you ever update this superb resources post of yours. Cheers 🙂

    Will.

    • Cheers guys, I’ll definitely check it out when I get round to updating this post! Keep up the great work!

    • This is a really old post but I love meditainment! I was actually here looking for meditations similar to meditainment because they only have 18 meditations up right now and meditations start to lose their effect on me if I listen to them more than once. Please make more meditainment team! Does anybody know of similar meditations which “take you” to far away places and have you visualize yourself somewhere relaxing? There must be others

      • Hi Monika,

        I feel the same way when I repeat a meditation several times… now I know that it’s best if you are able to go to that calm place with no guidance but I’m not quite there yet. +1 on making more content to the Meditainment team 🙂

        My way of dealing with this was to ask my BF to find me the most popular meditation YouTube channels – and he went a step further and put everything together for me. I thought it was a good idea so I opened it up and now I just keep adding new channels as I discover them hope you discover something you’ll like here: HD Meditation

  • This is great I appreciate the list of sites you can also checkout my article about the benefits of guided meditations at: https://meditationstash.com/benefits-of-guided-meditation/

  • I think dharmaseed is missing in the list. It takes more budhist- teravada line but it is amazing with the quantity
    of tracks it has of many excellent teachers which include both teachings, and guided meditations recorded live.

    • Thanks Gil, I’ve heard DharmaSeed mentioned before – I’ll definitely check it out and add it to the list when I next update the post!

  • thanks for helping the whole world regarding meditation.

    • Thanks Raman! Enjoyed putting this post together, and will be doing an update sometime over the next few months, so watch this space 🙂

  • A very good resource list.

    Do check out my post for some good videos on guided meditation

    http://theanxietymeditation.com/best-guided-meditation-for-anxiety/

  • Good list, am not really a big fan of guided meditation, but it’s great for beginners. I do like Deepak Chopra stuff

  • I cannot find : 3. Chopra Centred Lifestyle 🙁

  • This is an excellent resource. In my experience, guided meditation is great for beginners who are looking to get into the habit of meditating. As you become more accustomed to daily meditation, I recommend meditating without an audio guide.

    Cheers!

  • Nice list, thanks! I use Pauzzi for keeping breath rhythm stable. It has 1 minute training which I use in underground or in dentist’s waiting room 🙂 . For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mmm.app.pauzzi

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