Meditation has been an ancient practice that has gained much popularity nowadays. People meditated for various reasons – for more focus on breathing, improve concentration, to relax or even to pursue religious or spiritual purposes. This age old practice helps us to calm the mind, improve concentration and more importantly works miraculously in improving our day to day lives. However, there are various techniques of meditation and each having their own benefits and you can choose the one that is best for you. Some meditation techniques are more popular than the others. Read on to know some of these.

Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana As taught by S.N. Goenka Aniwheel Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
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Vipassana meditation is an insightful meditation that helps to view things as they actually are. This technique involves focusing on the awareness of the breath, going in and coming out of the nose. It is common for the mind to experience varying thoughts in the process, but Vipassana teaches you how to identify things that form your thoughts and then bring back your mind to the primary focus – breathing. Vipassana is also famous for its silent retreats to help practitioners delve deeper into their minds and release the calm within.

Yin and Yang Meditation

Yin and Yang meditation
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Yin and Yang meditation is all about creating a harmony between the negative and the positive energies that govern our existence. Yin is negative while yang is positive in Chinese. It is important to balance these two energies that are complementary and cannot exist without the other. Imbalance or disharmony in these two forces can adversely affect your life to a great extent. Taking long walks in the lap of nature, eating healthy and nutritious food, attaining physical fitness are some primary ways you can strike this balance. Tai chi and Qi Gong are important aspects of Yin and Yang that help create harmony between mind, body, soul and spirit.

Zen Meditation

Zen or Zazen meditation
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Zen or Zazen meditation that means ‘seated meditation’ in Japanese is all about focusing on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath and observe your thoughts, allowing them to pass through your mind freely. To practice this meditation you have to sit upright on a cushion, with the back completely straight, closed mouth and rest your eyes on the ground.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation
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The concept and practice of Transcendental Meditation was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Also known as TM this practice was made globally popular by celebrities like the Beatles, Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Done in a seated position, this meditation uses a set of Sanskrit words also known as ‘mantra’ for more focus instead of simply following the breath. The ‘mantra’ is given to each practitioner varies from each teacher and is influenced by factors like year of birth, gender, etc.

Apart from these meditation techniques there are various others that are practiced by people all over the world. We would love to hear from you if you practice any of the above or follow a different form of Meditation

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