We’re pleased to provide you with this list of the different types of meditation techniques that we teach in our private meditation lessons.
Different Types Of Meditation Techniques That We Teach
Beginners Meditation Techniques
We use a variety of different meditation scripts in our lessons. And we also create custom meditations just for you, to help you with your unique situation.
Breathing meditation: Breathing techniques stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, reduce amygdala activity, and balance cortisol to help relieve stress.
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment without judgment. This is probably where you will want to start when you are just learning how to meditate properly at home. This method is advocated by institutes like the University of California, Berkeley. Also read our guide to Mindfulness Meditation Exercises.
Modern Meditation Techniques
Jon Kabat Zinn Body Scan: Learn the Body Scan Meditation Script created by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to help people struggling with chronic pain at the UMass Stress Reduction Clinic.
Sound Healing: A meditation technique brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in the 1970s. Uses various musical instruments such as Tibetan Singing Bowls and gongs to relax the mind. Very calming
Forest Bathing: Forest Bathing or “Shinrin Yoku” is an incredibly relaxing form of meditation based on Japanese tradition.
Jedi Meditations: Well, we told you there were all different types of meditation techniques. And yes, there are even meditations in Star Wars, and some of Yoda’s methods are actually pretty cool.
Meditative Dance : From Indian Classical Dance to Buddhist Butterfly dance (Nabichum), dance has been used as a type of meditation. Find out how to do it.
Taoist meditations revolve around qi, the life force. This is essential for creating health and wellbeing. These practices are based on the teachings of Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching.
Chi Exercises: A type of meditation that is used to cultivate the energy called Chi. This helps with health and wellbeing.
Buddhism contains many different types of meditation techniques. And here at THE DAILY MEDITATION, we teach most of the popular Buddhist meditations. Practices are based on instructions in the Pali Canon and the Sutras.
Zen / Zazen: Zen is a seated type of meditation that is excellent at boosting focus and concentration. It uses technical meditation positions and breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind. (includes Zen Walking).
Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana): Buddhist method used to cultivate love and compassion for all beings. (Also includes Karuna Meditation). This is the type of meditation advocated by Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chodron and has been extensively researched by the likes of Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Vipassana: Breathing and insight meditation technique used to explore the mind and understand the nature of mental phenomena. This method was made popular in the West by teachers like Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.
Anapanasati: Technical breathing meditation used to create calmness and equanimity. Teachings are based on the Anapanasati Sutta.
Samatha: Meditation in which we focus on one specific object.
Tonglen: Compassion-based meditation wonderful for developing the heart-mind.
There are also many different types of meditation techniques in yoga.
Yoga meditation techniques use a combination of pranayama and mantras. They are excellent for overall wellbeing.
Pratyahara: One of the Eight Limbs of Yoga in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a method of withdrawing from the senses.
Trataka / Candle Gazing: Involves gazing on a candle or another meditation object. Used for concentration and mental stability.
Samyama: Advanced type of yogic meditation mostly used for increasing concentration.
Soham : Excellent beginner meditation technique that combines mindful breathing with mantras.
Chakra meditations are used to open and clear the seven chakras in the body. Each chakra is associate with different benefits.
Third Eye meditation: Powerful type of meditation used to open the third eye Ajna chakra.
Merkaba Meditation: Powerful form of meditation used in Judaism and some other religions.
Christian / Biblical: Biblical meditation techniques are used to get closer to God and Jesus Christ, according to Thomas Zanzig, Marilyn Kielbasa, authors of Christian Meditation for Beginners.
Osho: Learn the meditation techniques of spiritual guru Osho (Rajneesh).
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