Andy Puddicombe is the co-founder of the nonprofit Headspace, which teaches simple, 10-minute meditation techniques to busy professionals. His methods focus on mindfulness, one of today’s hottest topics in neuroscience. This method has been shown to improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, reduce cravings and addictions, lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease. Even more impressive is its ability to physically change the structure of the brain in the key area associated with happiness and feelings of well-being. Headspace works closely with Kings College and Southampton University in the UK and Columbia University in the US to help further understand these techniques, and to increase their potential for achieving physical, emotional and mental health benefits.
Puddicombe is a regular contributor on BBC Radio and on Channel 4 in Britain, where his 10-minute meditation videos are broadcast between regular programming. He has been featured in publications from The New York Times to and many other publications on a range of topics relating to mental health, emotional and psychological wellbeing, mindfulness, and the relevance of meditation to modern day living.
In addition to writing and presenting, Puddicombe runs a successful clinic in London. He also works with many companies including Google, Thompson Reuters, Nomura, Innocent Drinks, KPMG and Credit Suisse—teaching people how to be less stressed and more focused in an increasingly challenging work environment. Puddicombe began learning to meditate at age 11, and in his early twenties he traveled to Asia to become a fully ordained Buddhist monk at a Tibetan Monastery in the Indian Himalayas. He lived in monasteries and completed retreats in Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, the UK, and Russia, returning to the UK in 2004 with the goal of making meditation accessible and beneficial to as many people as possible.Download Bio
The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness and MeditationHow Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
St. Martin's Press
Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, the Voice of Headspace, and the UK’s foremost mindfulness expert, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now. Like his readers and students, Andy began his own meditation practice as a normal, busy person with everyday concerns, and he has since designed a program of mindfulness and guided meditation that fits neatly into a jam-packed daily routine—proving that just 10 minutes a day can make a world of difference. Accessible and portable, The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness offers simple but powerful meditation techniques that positively impact every area of physical and mental health.
Read about Andy’s journey with Headspace in Forbes.
Learn why the New Yorker calls Andy the “mindfulness guru for the tech set.”
Discover the ways Andy “makes you comfortable with the uncomfortable” in the New York Times.
Read how Andy “brought meditation to the masses” in the Huffington Post.
Learn about Andy’s mission-first approach in the Chicago Tribune.
Discover Andy and Headspace as featured in the following:
the Today Show.
the Financial Times.
Praise for The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation
"[Puddicombe] teaches techniques that can be practiced on a crowded subway or even while wolfing a sandwich during a quick lunch break at your desk.... Ed Halliwell [The Guardian] said Mr. Puddicombe is 'doing for meditation what someone like Jamie Oliver has done for food.' And like Mr. Oliver, he’s ready to conquer the United States."
- The New York Times
“Andy bubbles over with enthusiasm and is so easy to follow that most of us leave convinced and with every intention of an attempt to sustain our relaxed/alert state.”
– Easy Living Magazine
“There is definitely no religion, and nothing touchy-feely about the [Headspace] workshop… By the end of the day, with the online resources for support, I feel equipped to join the ranks of those who make daily meditation part of their busy lives.”
– Time Out