Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to achieve relaxation, mindfulness, compassion and transcendental states. Yogis use meditation to increase physical awareness of the body through different poses. No matter what type of meditation someone practices, each form has basic benefits, notes the Huffington Post.

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Meditation allows the human mind to control emotional states. As expert Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan says, “Meditation is mind without agitation.” Noting the intense relationship between the body and mind, practitioners can regulate their own nervous systems with meditative states, which includes reducing stress.