Think meditation is just about sitting still, quieting the mind and focusing on the breath? Well, yeah, it can be, but there are tons of other types of meditations out there, too. Meaning there’s literally something for everyone! Here are just 10 of our favorite forms of meditation. Try them all and see what works best for you.
While many types of meditation encourage you to stay in one position while practicing, walking or movement meditation is all about motion. This type of meditation requires you to stay present in your body while in motion, noticing the way your muscles move, how your weight shifts, the feeling of sweat rolling down your forehead, the way your heart beats faster and your breathing becomes shallower. The best part: It can be done during pretty much any activity, from running and dancing to gardening or practicing yoga.
This subtype of movement meditation connects the mind, body and spirit, integrating posture, movement, breathing techniques, self massage, sound and focused intent to help improve your mental and physical health. It began more than 5,000 years ago as the core of Chinese medicine, and has made its way around the world in recent decades.
Often known simply as TM, this form of meditation has more than 6 million practitioners around the world. It was brought to the West in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Typically practiced in two 20-minute sessions each day, transcendental meditation is meant to help you achieve higher levels of consciousness and access the level of your mind that’s already peaceful, calm, silent and wide awake. Benefits of TM include decreased stress, a calm nervous system, lower cholesterol, increased intelligence, improved productivity + more.
This form of meditation involves calling to mind a particular vision, landscape, feeling or situation and meditating on it to find peace and calm. It helps you make use of the creative side of your personality in order to cultivate positive change + transformation.
At the heart of Zen practice, Zazen Meditation is type of the study of the self, with the ultimate goal of achieving enlightenment. It involves seated meditation on the ground, with the knees touching the floor (so you typically need some type of meditation cushion) and a straight, centered back that allows for deep breathing. The breath is the central focus, and the entire practice revolves around it.