Comparing Meditation Techniques

Many meditation techniques are available today. Contrary to common belief there are distinct differences between techniques, such as the effort involved, their impact on the brain, and whether or not they result in verifiable benefits.

A study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition identified the following three meditation categories, based on measured brain wave differences:

  • Concentration or focus : Zen, Vipassana, etc.
  • Open monitoring : Mindfulness, Kriya Yoga, etc.
  • Self-transcending : Transcendental Meditation

Meditation techniques and their impact on the brain

Why do people who have tried other techniques find TM to be completely different?

Mahesh Yogi

Founder of Transcendental Meditation