What to Expect
The meetings usually start with a short introduction to Sahaja Meditation at beginner’s level, followed by an explanatory video, a collective meditation session, and finally a collective meditation workshop. And then refreshments!
* Are the classes really free?
Yes, absolutely free. Sahaja Yoga is a non-profit community charity registered in the UK.
* Do I have to pre-book or register?
No, you can come and go as you like.
* Do I need to wear anything special or bring any equipment, such as a yoga mat?
No. We don’t wear any special clothes and you will not need a yoga mat as we sit on a chair.
* What if I have a bad back or if I’m unfit?
Sahaja Meditation does not involve any strenuous physical exercise. It is focused on silent meditation, and during the class this is done whilst sitting comfortably on a chair.
* When is the next class that I can attend?
Local Sahaja Meditation classes take place regularly every week. You can come any week you choose and all classes start at beginner’s level. You don’t have to wait until a particular week to start.
* How long does a class last?
Approximately 90 minutes.
* Who runs the classes?
Experienced practitioners who are unpaid volunteers.
* What is the point of attending a local Sahaja Yoga class?
The living energy within our being, which is key to true meditation, is usually activated in the first session. The basics of 'how to meditate at home' are also explained, so you will have everything you need to make a start. Questions are welcome and answered as clearly as possible. Most people report that they progress faster by attending the weekly classes on a regular basis. Also, the experience of meditation is often more enjoyable and powerful in a collective setting.
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More about Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation:
Shri Mataji traces her ancestry back to the royal Shalivahana dynasty of India. She was born Nirmala Salve, and upon marriage became Nirmala Srivastava. Her husband is Sir C.P. Srivastava, who in the course of his illustrious career, was unanimously elected four times consecutively to the most senior position in the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, thus serving as its Secretary-General from 1974 to 1989.