What is Guided Meditation?

Guided Meditation is any Meditative practice led by a Teacher, or Guide. Typically, the practice includes imagery, with the purpose being to help evoke mental, physical and often emotional relaxation.

Guided Meditation is very popular these days as it offers a wide range of options for those looking to learn about Meditation and to deepen their practice. Guided Meditation also embraces the secular, more worldly (and scientific), forms of Meditation.

Looking for a specific practice in Guided Meditation? Here are a few great options:

Guided Visualization

Origins - All traditions, more ‘New Age’

Who should practice?

This practice is easy and accessible to anyone

About

Guided Visualization holds opportunity for a variety of focus and practice. An instructor leads the practitioner on a journey of internal visualization, which provides for an expanded experience of consciousness in the non-external world. The guided visualization leads to a receptive state of consciousness and creates relaxation, reduces anxiety/stress, and helps form new belief patterns.

Movement/Walking Meditation

Origins - Mindfulness tradition – Buddhist tradition

Who should practice?

This practice is fantastic for those who enjoy physical movement and find that they become restless in more concentrative meditation practices.

About

Movement meditation is any meditative practice that incorporates physical movement. The repetitive movement helps to remove distraction from the physical and turn focus inward. When the mind and body are occupied, deeper consciousness is available.

Yoga Nidra – Yogic Sleep

Origins - Tantra Tradition of Yoga (Upanishads)

Who should practice?

This practice is accessible to anyone; those looking to dive into a deeper awareness of Self

About

The wisdom teaching of Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice that leads you on a journey of expanded consciousness, through the 5 sheaths of Self - physical, energetic/subtle, mental, wisdom, and bliss. The practice of Yoga Nidra provides you with a direct experience with all sheaths of Self.

Kundalini

Origins - Yogic Tradition, Yogi Bhajan

Who should practice?

Those looking to explore their spirituality and energetic self

About

The practice of meditation in the Kundalini tradition offers guided tools of breath, mantra, mudra (hand position), and focus. In Kundalini meditation, the goal is to awaken the Kundalini energy, located at the base of the spine, causing the energy to travel up the spine and result in an awakening. Kundalini practice is taught by specially trained practitioners.

Qi Gong

Origins - Chinese tradition

Who should practice?

This practice is easy and accessible to anyone; typically learned from a teacher

About

Qi Gong is a movement practice that incorporates breathing techniques and focuses on the circulation of energy through the energy centers in the body.

Looking for guided meditation resources?

Check out the Insight Timer app!