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Comparing Different Meditation styles: Which course is right for you

At first you should know we have many many different Meditation styles that lead you to the same meditative state

Broadly we have 7 different genres and under 6 out of the 7 genres we have numerous techniques.

The 7 different YOG not YOGA are connected to 7 chakras in our subtle body.

  • Karm yog
  • Hatha yog
  • Tantra yog
  • Gyan yog ,
  • Raj yog
  • Bhakti yog
  • Sankhya yog –

Each of these yogs has a method and many techniques are made in each of these yogs

If you join the right Meditation Center that offers the different Yogs, you will be able to practice them and then decide which one suits you the best.

But honestly, today’s  Human with all the distractions , an overactive Mind and a lot of knowledge needs a combination of active and inactive techniques to be able to Meditate .

It is not easy to just sit quietly as we do not have the art of doing nothing for most of our lives so it does not come naturally to us.

Ironically we are born in peace and Bliss and lose it along the way and now have to engage in many techniques to reach the same state which is inherent to us but does not come naturally now. The reason being we live life opposite to our inherent nature.

Every human is different and even the same Human throughout the day or week or month is not in the same frame of mind

So practicing a few techniques – Active and inactive techniques will help you find the best one for you.

Ultimately you need a Spiritual Guru who will show you the way as you go deeper into practice as he knows exactly what you need to continue to walk the path.What the search engines would show you are the below

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: This style emphasizes being present in the moment and cultivating non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations. It involves focusing on the breath or bodily sensations to anchor attention.
  2. Loving-Kindness Meditation: Also known as Metta meditation, it involves cultivating feelings of love, kindness, and compassion towards oneself and others. It typically involves silently repeating specific phrases or visualizing sending well-wishes to different individuals or groups.
  3. Transcendental Meditation: This technique involves silently repeating a mantra to achieve a state of deep relaxation and mental clarity. It is typically practiced for 20 minutes twice a day and aims to transcend ordinary thinking and access a deeper level of consciousness.
  4. Vipassana Meditation: Originating from ancient Buddhist traditions, Vipassana involves developing insight and mindfulness through observing the breath, bodily sensations, and the arising and passing of thoughts. It aims to gain a deeper understanding of the impermanent nature of reality.
  5. Zen Meditation: A central practice in Zen Buddhism, Zen meditation (Zazen) focuses on seated meditation. It involves maintaining a specific posture, following the breath, and observing thoughts and sensations without attachment or judgment.
  6. Guided Visualization: This style involves following a recorded or live guided meditation that leads you through visualizations and imagery to evoke relaxation, healing, or personal growth. It often focuses on creating vivid mental images to engage the senses.

Remember it is important to get a proper understanding of what you are doing

We need to understand what we call Meditation, is it Mindfulness? What exactly is it?

Hence it becomes easier to join the right meditation center and do it right and if the center has a living Guru then the journey gets the right direction.


Anita Gopinath

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