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Mindfulness and meditation leader Headspace unveils May the 4th Star Wars Day hook-up aimed at helping fans reduce stress and focus and sleep better


By Hector MacKenzie

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Some familiar figures are helping to make the world a happier place!
Some familiar figures are helping to make the world a happier place!

Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, today announced its collaboration with Lucasfilm to help bring Star Wars fans less stress, improved focus and better sleep.

To celebrate May the 4th, Star Wars Day, fans can escape to a restful galaxy on the Headspace app with four animated breathing exercises featuring the characters of Yoda, BB-8, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.

Fans will also get access to three sleepcasts that will mentally transport listeners to some of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars galaxy, creating the optimal environment to prepare for a night of restful sleep.

In celebration of this collaboration, new members will be able to take advantage of a limited time 30-day free trial offer by heading to Headspace.com/starwars.

Space to Breathe with Star Wars

The new content encourages members to turn inward and focus on breathing to help center users in the moment to reduce stress and motivate greater concentration. Using playful animation, music and sound effects, Space to Breathe with Star Wars comes to life in one-minute exercises, enabling new and experienced meditators alike to set a mindful tone for the day, without any VO required. Beginning today, Headspace members have access to:

Star Wars Breathe With Yoda

Connect with your breath as Yoda connects to the Force.
Connect with your breath as Yoda connects to the Force.

Find your focus. With each breath in, Yoda’s eyes close and his hand stretches out as we see the X-wing levitate and, with each exhale, lower back into the swamp. Connect with your breath as Yoda connects to the Force.

Star Wars Breathe With R2-D2

Recharge and reset. With each inhale, R2-D2 moves across the screen; when holding your breath, his head moves and his red and blue lights flash. With each exhale, R2-D2’s head and lights stop and he moves up the screen. He performs this zigzag motion up and down the viewer’s frame until the breathing exercise ends.

Star Wars Breathe With Chewbacca

Chewbacca might help you step back and provide some calm so you can go from the 'dark side' to the 'light side'.
Chewbacca might help you step back and provide some calm so you can go from the 'dark side' to the 'light side'.

Manage your emotions with Chewbacca. A depiction of Chewbacca stands in the centre of the frame surrounded by trees, referencing his home planet Kashyyyk. With each inhale and exhale, you see the forest come to life as you take some deep Wookiee-sized breaths. In moments where your emotions can get the best of you, taking a few deep breaths with Chewbacca might help you step back and provide some calm so you can go from the "dark side" to the "light side".

Star Wars Breathe With BB-8

Slow down and find a mindful space with BB-8. With each inhale and exhale, our loyal companion rolls subtly from side-to-side, helping the listener restore balance to the Force within.

Narrated by Headspace’s most popular in-app sleepcast voices, the three new sleepcasts provide a unique experience that will mentally transport listeners to the Star Warsgalaxy. Each guided 45-minute sleep journey features immersive 360-degree audio (custom-designed for each environment), with narrated story beats that describe the galactic destinations in rich, intimate detail in preparation for a restful night’s sleep. Headspace members can experience:

Some familiar figures are helping to make the world a happier place!
Some familiar figures are helping to make the world a happier place!

X-wing Voyage

Sleepcast listeners find themselves in an X-wing as they tour the Star Wars galaxy. Each chapter of the sleepcast transports listeners to a different planet, helping to lull users to sleep with each new stop on the voyage.

Tatooine Sunset

Explore the desert planet's main features. From the vast dune sea to the moisture farms outside of Mos Espa. This outer rim spaceport is a hive of characters, creatures, ships, and sounds from all parts of the galaxy that will surely encourage listeners to drift off to sleep.

Islands of Ahch-To

Tour the very first Jedi Temple on Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker secluded himself prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Listeners will audibly explore the misty island and hear porgs in their natural habitat as they wind down for the night.

In 28 published studies in some of the leading mindfulness peer-reviewed journals, use of the Headspace app has been shown to have favorable outcomes of interventions including reduced stress, improved focus, increased compassion, increased resilience, and improved satisfaction with life.To experience the new Star Wars content on Headspace and discover mindful ways to improve your own mental training, sign up for a 30-day free trial or a Headspace membership at Headspace.com/starwars.

Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. As one of the first meditation apps on the market, Headspace remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training. For more information, visit headspace.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.


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