I’ve been a fan of meditation for years, and even though it might have a questionable rep, it can be an amazing wellness practice. With benefits like lower stress, more energy, healing properties, and a break from technology, meditation is definitely something to consider. And one of the coolest things about meditation? The different styles, each catered to a various need or level. Plus, you can incorporate it into the busiest of lives. Here are 4 meditation techniques worth trying:
Being mindful isn’t only a state of mind, but an actual form of meditation. If you’re new to meditation, you should start here since there aren’t many “rules.” You simply create awareness by focusing your attention and observing your surroundings (what sounds you hear, what your body feels like, what you’re eating). If your mind wanders, don’t judge yourself. You can do this anywhere, anytime—no sitting cross-legged required. The point is to practice being in the moment and focusing on now without any distraction.
The Headspace app is a great place to begin when starting mindfulness (or meditation in general) because they offer guided sessions—for free!
Transcendental Meditation (TM)
TM is a mantra-based technique, so this is a smart choice if you enjoy structure. With TM, you are given a mantra that helps to settle the brain. Then, you recite that mantra throughout the practice (2x a day for about 20 minutes). Since your mind has something to focus on (the mantra), it’s more orderly than other types of meditation. TM usually costs money because you need a licensed instructor.
Look for TM classes available in your area. I’ve also heard good things about this online course.
Kundalini is a fun option if you want to play around with spirituality and aren’t afraid of trying something new. This form involves mantras, breathing techniques, hand placements, and even chants. The main goal is to awaken untapped energy from your lower spine. This practice can lead to energy, and eventually, enlightenment. Kundalini is perfect if you’re feeling weighed down or uninspired.
Gabby Bernstein has a bunch of info on Kundalini and is an inspiring reference!
Chakra Meditation is technically a yoga meditation and is best for open-minded people. This type of meditation focuses on the 7 “chakras” of the body, or centers of energy. Each chakra is associated with a sound, color, and energetic purpose. Using hand placements, sounds, or visualization, you provide energy and heal each chakra. This style is also known to soothe emotional issues or stress.
Check local yoga studios for specific chakra yoga in your neighborhood. For any San Francisco locals, Laughing Lotus is an excellent studio.
Are you a fan of meditation?
If so, what’s your favorite technique?