Preksha Meditation aims to bring about positive attitudes and behavior change. The app provides two meditation techniques: preksha meditation and relaxation meditation. There are audio files for download that provide guided meditations for each type of practice, as well as tips and guidelines to ensure proper practice. There is also a non-guided meditation timer available with the options for preparation time and intervals. Other features include meditation e-books, preksha centers and history about the Guru and Preksha meditation.
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Available for: iOS 6.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Android 4.0.3 or later
Company Name: Preksha International
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographics: Not specified
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes, Google Play
There is no direct research support for the Preksha Meditation App through web-based services or a mobile app, though this meditation approach has been evaluated for efficacy in a prison setting (Jain, 2003). Twenty-eight convicted criminals completed a two-week Preksha meditation camp. They showed significant reductions in anxiety from baseline to post-camp completion. A meta-analysis reviewed 15 RCTs of adults receiving workbook and audio CD or web-based self-help mindfulness or acceptance-based intervention, with no or reduced therapist support (Cavanagh et al., 2014). They found that mindfulness-or acceptance-based self-help interventions resulted in fewer anxiety and depressive symptoms as compared to the control groups.
Cavanagh, K., Strauss, C., Forder, L., Jones, F. (2014). Can mindfulness and acceptance be learnt by self-help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness and acceptance-based self-help interventions. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(2): 118-129
Jain, S. (2003). Effect of Preksha meditation on anxiety and operational efficiency of young convicts. Psychological Studies, 48(3), 82-87