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For thousands of years, people have practiced meditation not only as a spiritual tradition, but also as a way to help relieve stress, be more mindful, and find peace. As it turns out, meditation is scientifically proven to benefit our everyday lives. Luckily, technology has made it such that learning meditation is as easy as pressing “Play.”
We scoured the web to find the best meditation videos for meditators of all types, from novices to gurus. These videos will anchor you in wherever you are and guide you through a peaceful meditation.
Here are our picks for the best meditation videos of the year.
Produced by the Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center, this video is a perfect starting point for newbies. Before you even begin your practice, you’ll learn the basics of zazen meditation, or seated meditation. The instructor walks you through the various seating postures and offers tips on breathing and how to transition in and out of meditation. Come back to this video often for refreshers!
In this video, Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer David Nichtern introduces the basics of mindfulness meditation. Nichtern is also a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In this video, he provides the basic steps to practicing mindfulness. Notably, Nichtern’s instructions are easy to follow. They’re practical for people who may be intimidated by the inability to focus or sit still during meditation.
You may know Adriene Mishler for her instructional videos for anything and everything yoga. But in this installment, Mishler offers a guided meditation to complement your yoga practice. In an easy-to-follow tutorial set in her tranquil, sunlit studio, you’ll ease into calm for a few minutes and learn how incorporate meditation into your daily life.
This video is produced by Actualized.org. In it, website founder Leo Guro stresses one important message for viewers: Meditation is the single most important habit you can have for self-improvement. For beginners or people overwhelmed with the limitless techniques for meditation, Guro first explains the difference between thinking and awareness. If you want to familiarize yourself with meditation principles in addition to learning technique, this in-depth tutorial is for you.
Having overcome his “allergy” to meditation, Tim Ferriss breaks down the benefits of meditation into simple-to-understand concepts. One benefit, he says, is reducing everyday anxiety and the tendency to have knee-jerk reactions to common stressors. The other is the ability to develop a “detached observer perspective” through any emotional or physical turmoil and stay calm. With those principles in mind, Ferriss leads you through some techniques to begin your practice.
Most of us won’t have the opportunity to learn meditation from a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in person. This video offers a unique privilege to do so online. The soothing voice and gentle instructions of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche are welcoming and approachable, even to the most novice of meditators. Follow along and learn the ancient practice from a meditation master in the comfort of your own home.
This video by Trika Method focuses on the practice of centering as a means of meditation. The instructor swears it’s the most effective technique he’s practiced of the many found in world traditions. He emphasizes the benefits of having a strong, inner center that you can return to during any time, whether chaotic or peaceful. Eventually, he says, this practice will become a habit. It’ll allow you to remain centered always, no matter what’s going on around you.
The beautiful thing about meditation is that anyone can practice it — including children. Think it’s impossible? You’ll think otherwise after watching this video by Plum Village. Brother Pháp Khởi takes his “little friends” through the principles of meditation and the inner self with the help of a small prop. His imaginative story and graspable metaphors can assist even the youngest meditators to begin their journey.
Breath meditation is perhaps the most well-known form of meditation. But as Sarah Beth suggests, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It is simple to practice, though — and that’s why it’s so powerful. In this video, Beth explains the basics of breath meditation, steps to practice, and how it can benefit you every day.
Meditation for Anxiety and Panic Attacks – How to Meditate for Beginners – BEXLIFE
If you live with anxiety and panic attacks, you know that it often comes with a feeling that you’ve lost control. Rebekah Borucki gets it. She lived with severe anxiety for 20 years. And even today, she says she struggles with it from time to time. What was worse than having a panic response was living with anxiety about her anxiety. Regularly practicing meditation has been key, she says. In this video, you’ll learn how to tackle these fears and get ahead of them with a few simple directions.