There are different meditation techniques that are used depending on the style of the meditation being used. The guided meditation classes could be related to Eastern religious practices such as a yoga class or a Buddhist meditation.
There are other guided meditation classes that are based on some New Age religious practices. In other cases, the person might attend a guided meditation class that is specifically focused on some type of health issue, or is focused on relieving the stress from the workplace.
In any case, there are certain techniques that are commonly found in every class since they are common to meditation as a whole, helping to get the person into a relaxed and focused state of mind, clearing out all of the anxious thoughts.
Sitting, Breathing, Contemplating, Meditating
In the Buddhist form of guided meditation class, there are three different general parts to the meditation. There is learning to sit properly with the legs crossed, usually on the floor on a minimal pad for the buttocks, and the back straight to promote alertness rather than drowsiness. Once seated, the eyes are usually closed or partially closed in a relaxed manner and the person breathes normally in and out.
With every breath, the person is told in the guided meditation class to focus on the feel of the air as it enters the nose and flows into the lungs as well as how it feels when it is being exhaled. When other thoughts try and enter the mind, the person is told to push them out and to focus even more on the feel of the air coming into and out of the body.
After the sitting and breathing is accomplished, then the guided meditation class can move to the contemplation of the day, which is usually a thought that is from the Dharma which should be read during the week.
This passage is contemplated, or thought deeply about by the person until they get a revelation about it, thus allowing it to go deeper into their person. Once the revelation has been had in the guided meditation class, then the person takes that revelation and focuses on it alone, going deeper and deeper into it, thus making it a part of their character for the future.
These guided meditation classes usually take some time to get comfortable in them since a person is usually very used to having all sorts of thoughts running through his mind rather than a single focus. Once the person achieves the meditation techniques, however, then it can become a valuable part of every day.