In this list of types of meditation, you will find methods from Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga and many modern types of meditation.

Each of these types of meditation has a corresponding guide. So click through to the technique to learn how to do it.

Beginners Guide To Different Meditation Techniques

In this article you will learn all about  the different types of meditation and how to get started. This guide is perfect for beginners, or for those who want a more holistic understanding of meditation. Also read about the best meditation poses and positions.

If you have never meditated before, read my guide to how to to meditate properly at home.

Also read our beginners guide to Mantras and Mudras, including mantras for protection, and the all-powerful Shambhavi Mudra.

Taoist Meditation

Taoist types of meditation incorporate CHI, the life force. This is essential for creating health and wellbeing. In this guide you will learn the different Taoist methods and their benefits.

Chi Exercises: This article explains how to to chi meditation, a type of meditation that is used to cultivate the energy called Chi. This helps with health and with wellbeing.

Buddhist Meditation

Many of the best types of meditation in this come from Buddhism. In this guide you will discover the most powerful Buddhist meditations and how to do them properly.

Zen / Zazen: Zen is a seated type of meditation that is excellent at boosting focus and concentration. It uses technical sitting positions and breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind. (includes Zen Walking)

Tukdam Meditation Technique: Poweful Buddhist meditation suitable for advanced meditators.

Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana): Buddhist method used to cultivate love and compassion for all beings. (Also includes Karuna Meditation)

Vipassana: Breathing and insight meditation used to explore the mind and understand the nature of mental phenomena.

Anapanasati: Technical breathing meditation used to create calmness and equanimity.

Samatha: Meditation in which we focus on one specific object.

Yoga Meditations

Yoga meditations use a combination of pranayama and mantras. They are excellent for overall welbeing

Dhyana: This higly powerful but often overlooked Eight Limb Of Yoga. A form of meditative contemplation.


Trataka / Candle Gazing


Self Inquiry

Chakra Meditations

Chakra meditations are used to open and clear the seven chakras in the body. Each chakra is associate with different benefits. This article will show you how to open all seven chakras.

Third Eye: Powerful form of insight meditation used to open the third eye Ajna chakra


Discover everything you need to know about mindfulness and how to live the mindful life.

Mindfulness Meditation Exercises

Other Ways To Meditate

A list of types of meditation:


Deep meditations

Jedi Meditations


Merkaba Meditation

Meditative Dance 

Meditation For Atheists






Forest Bathing

Jon Kabat Zinn Body Scan

Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.