Yoga Meditation Techniques – The Top 3
Summary: The top 3 Yoga Meditation techniques are discussed and links are provided to examples of these methods so that you can jump in and explore these wonderful meditations.
Yoga Meditation Techniques – The Top 3
In the article Meditation Techniques, Types & Practice – A Comprehensive Guide, I have given a high level overview of the world of meditation practice categorized such that you can choose meditation techniques that would suit your personality and nature. In continuing to explore this magnificent world of meditation, I would now like to zoom in a bit and give some more details surrounding the meditation techniques that were discussed in that article. To that end I will now categorize the meditations techniques based on different schools of thought and in this article will discuss the meditations that emerge from the Hindu school of Yoga. More specifically I will go into the top 3 types of Yoga Meditation techniques and here they are…
Yoga Meditation Technique #1: Mantra Meditation
This Yoga Meditation technique is one of the most popular and widely practiced meditations in the East. It is also called Mantra Japa which means Mantra repetition or Mantra chanting. In this Yoga Meditation you use a mala (bead necklace) to count the Mantra repetitions and do a certain number of cycles daily. Often times the Mantra which you use for the meditation is given to you by a qualified Guru or teacher, as different Mantras produce different affects. The final goal of this Yoga Meditation, as is the goal of all Yoga Meditations, is to help you realize your True Divine Nature. Mantra meditations accomplish this by purifying the mind as well as refining and expanding your awareness. Mantra meditations are also excellent for building concentration and promoting peace and joy.
Here are three examples of this Yoga Meditation technique for you to try…
Third Eye (Ajna Chakra) Opening & Balancing Guided Meditation
AUM Mantra Meditation Technique
Yoga Meditation Technique #2: Visualization Meditation
This Yoga Meditation technique employs the power of the mind in order to achieve transcendence. There are 2 primary categories for this type of meditation. The first is using visual aids such as Yantras (geometric shapes), pictures of deities, points of light etc, as objects of inner concentration and meditation. The second variation of this Yoga Meditation technique is the application of awareness to various parts of the body in order to activate and open those areas. The Chakra Yoga Meditations of Kriya Yoga and Kundalini Yoga belong in this category. Here is an example of a Yoga visualization meditation…
Weight Loss Visualization Meditation
Another excellent Yoga Meditation technique that uses this power of visualization is called Trataka or candle flame gazing. This meditation requires gazing at a steady candle flame to create an afterimage, which is then held in the region of the Third Eye (Ajna Chakra) and concentrated upon. Trataka, like the other Yoga Meditations, builds concentration, quiets the mind of thoughts and helps take one beyond ordinary dualistic reality. You can find more details of this meditation technique in the article below…
Brain Development & Enlightenment – Awaken the Senses
Yoga Meditation Technique #3: Jyana Yoga Meditation
The Jyana Yoga Meditations are from the intellectual schools of Yoga. They have their roots in Vedanta and Advaita. These meditation techniques use the power of the intellect in order to perceive the false and penetrate into the Truth that lies beyond. The best way to understand the power of these extraordinary meditations is to try them for yourself. Below you will find 2 articles that explore this meditation method…
Silent Mind Meditation Program – The Silent Mind Meditations
Enlightenment via Who AM I Meditation Technique
Which Yoga Meditation Technique is Right for You
So there you have the top 3 Yoga Meditation techniques and now a few words on which of these methods suit which personality type. In general, those with a devotional nature tend to lean towards Mantra Yoga Meditation, those who have strong willpower and creative mind enjoy the Visualization Yoga Meditations, while those with a sharp intellect gravitate towards the Jyana Yoga Meditation techniques. Jump in and explore those meditations that your heart is whispering for you to try. There is no better laboratory for the exploration of the Truth than this human life that you have been blessed with, so be fearless and adventurous and march towards your destiny.
Yes that is correct. Inhale only through Left, and all exhalation is only through right.
just to make sure that in the Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (the most powerful pranayama exercise)
we’re only IN- haling through the LEFT nostril.
and only EX- haling through the RIGHT one?
Thanks a lot for your reply,