KR wanted to build an app that can blend meditation with technology in a thoughtful way so he created Oak. Where apps like Headspace and Calm do a similar thing, Oak has the same clean and polished feel but without the subscription fee….for now. KR states “I’m committed to spending the money myself. And if it turns into something massive that needs more support, we might monetize”.
The app had 17,000+ community testers use and survey the app before it was officially released. This has resulted in a smooth operating interface that is a pleasure to use.
The foundation of the app is for general mindfulness meditation and not focuses at stress relief or sleep assistance. This non-prescriptive meditation leaves less choice for the user but simply effective
The main menu of the app allows you to choose from Meditate, Breath or Wisdom
Meditation: Offers guided meditations from both male and female instructors. Choose a session duration from 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes in length.
You can also select from 9 background sounds or choose to have no guide with your meditation session.
Breathing: There are a range of breathing exercises to create a sense of calm and relaxation. The choice between Deep Calm, Box and Awake breathing techniques.
I absolutely love the breathing visual guide which is a circle interface with Inhale, Exhale and Hold guides.
Wisdom: A section full of audio and video content from Alan Watts with some inspiring words to get your mind thinking deeper.
Statistics: Oak has a user profile. It’s filled with detailed analytics, including your minutes meditated, number breaths you’ve taken (guided breathing), and community statistics like who’s meditating now.
They also support Apple HealthKit for tracking “mindful minutes.”
I really like where this app is going and I think that KR can help many people get started with meditation with the reach of his audience.
The app still needs to evolve and this will need investment that may not come. Some additions that would make this app greater would be:
- End timer bell to know when unguided meditations finish
- More Wisdom content
- More inbuilt community interaction
I still think Insight Timer is one of the best free apps out there for meditation with tonnes of free content but not as polished as Oak.
So download and try Oak for free and tell me what you think below in the comments.