About our meditation classes
Why meditate ?
In our fast-paced and often stressful modern lives, meditation is becoming recognized as a powerful life skill, bringing a renewed sense of clarity, purpose, simplicity and calm. Meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, and takes us to an inner space of stillness. More on the benefit of meditation >>
With the help of a few simple techniques, we can learn to improve focus, develop poise, solve problems, reduce stress and see our life path more clearly. Our class givers have spent many years studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy (pictured in photo), and are very happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation.
What does the meditation course involve?
- Two guided meditations per session.
- Breathing and concentration techniques to still the mind.
- Covering the ABC’s of home practice.
- Creative visualisations, mantras, and the four pillars of yoga.
- Music and meditation.
Current Class Schedules
Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland.
Free meditation courses
Our 2016 introductory free courses have concluded for the year, but below you will find our summertime of 2017 ‘learn meditation’ next options.
If you have a group of friends or colleagues wanting to attend an introductory meditation session before our January options commence, we’re very happy to organize a weekend half-day course or an evening session at an earlier time. Simply leave your details on our contact page, or a message on our class answer phone: (09)3091136.
Looking forward very much to meeting you in the New Year and sharing our love of meditation with you!
“The new year comes
To give you another opportunity,
But the new year will come and go.
So begin your self-transformation-play
Immediately!” – Sri Chinmoy
Option 1: Four consecutive Mondays, 6.00 – 7:30pm. Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30.
Option 2: Four consecutive Tuesdays: 6.00 – 7:30pm. Feb. 14, 21, 28; March 7.
Option 3: Saturday half-day workshop: Feb. 18, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Option 4: Four consecutive Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm. March 6, 13, 20, 27.
Option 5: Sunday half-day workshop: March 19, 8:30am–12:30pm.
Option 6: Saturday half-day workshop: April 22, 8:30am–12:30pm.
Option 7: Four consecutive Mondays, 6.00-7:30pm. April 8, 15, 22, 29.
Unless specified otherwise, all classes and workshops are held at the Sri Chinmoy Centre, 24 Cross Street, CBD ( behind the ANZ bank on the corner of Karangahape Rd / Queen Street – look for the signposted blue door on the corner of Cross Street).
How to register
All classes and workshops are completely free of charge. However, we do require registration. For further queries or to register for a class/workshop kindly phone (09) 309 1136 or fill in a Contact Form.
Meet the class givers
Our class instructors have all learnt the art of meditation personally from Sri Chinmoy.
Jogyata has taught meditation for over 30 years and is the author of several books about the subject and his encounters and experiences with Sri Chinmoy. He lives in Auckland but teaches in many other countries. His workshops combine humor, personal anecdotes and guided meditations and reflect his sincere love of his subject.
Muslim Badami has been a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre since 2003. A keen marathoner and occasional actor he lives and works in Auckland after moving here from India. He teaches evening workshops in introductory meditation throughout the year.
It’s easy to become a little overwhelmed by the amount of information about meditation and this short section is to simply focus on some of the techniques for meditation and the practical use of meditation for a fulfilling life.
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Life experience and insight
Profound insights as well as inspiring and amusing life-stories.
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