The health benefits of meditation are no mystery. It is a well-established fact that meditation offers a host of physical and mental benefits, which have the power to enhance your life greatly. Meditation is one of the most convenient forms of exercise as it doesn’t require any specialized equipment nor investment of any kind. Undoubtedly, the benefits are manifold, provided the right technique is being followed. Improper methods of meditation would never lead to the desired result.
Before you start with meditation, it is advisable to gather knowledge about the techniques of meditation and their methodology. Post the research, you may choose the technique that suits you best. Though there are hundreds of techniques of meditation, we have listed below some of the most popular types of meditation.
Transcendental Meditation: This technique focuses on the repetition of mantras. The practitioner has to sit with the eyes closed and repeat the mantra which is given by the instructor according to the age and gender of the practitioner. This meditation can be practiced twice daily for around 15-20 minutes.
Zen way of Meditation: The Zen or Zazenstyle of meditation is very popular. It emphasizes on the right posture that may be achieved either by focusing on the breath or just being a silent observer, with no particular thought in mind.
Vipassana Meditation: This meditation requires focused attention. Vipassana has promoted the concept of ‘mindfulness’ concentration. Mindfulness is being ‘in the moment’. You focus on the internal and external experiences that you are going through without clinging to any.
Yoga: Meditation is an integral part of yoga. Generally, a yoga exercise session either begins or ends with meditation. Within yoga there are various other types of meditation, which differ according to the object to be focused upon. The yoga tradition is the oldest known meditation technique and probably one of the most popular.
Taoist Meditation: The purpose of this meditation is to quieten and unify the body, mind and soul. For this form of meditation, you need to sit erect with crossed legs and with eyes half closed and concentrate on the tip of your nose. The main aim of this form of meditation technique is to restore the ’chi’ or energy.
Guided Imagery: This kind of meditation is growing in popularity. The instructor guides the practitioner through mind sensory visualizations of sight, sound, smell, textures, etc. Even if your mind does wander away from the objects of focus, you just need to return and continue focusing.
Walking Meditation: It is a form of meditation that does not require you to sit in one place. Practitioners of this type of meditation feel that it is easier to focus on sensations while walking. While you are moving around, you need to focus on your steps and breathing. It can be practiced anytime and does not require silence or isolation.