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. Effective and natural, meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, takes us down to an inner space of stillness.
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.
Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland.
May: Introductory Courses
Option G: Consecutive Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:15pm: May 10, 17, 24, 31.
Option A: Sunday workshop, ‘Meditation Introductory’, 8am–12noon: May 29.
June: Introductory Courses
Option B: Tues/Thursdays, 6–7:15pm: June 7, 9, 14, 16.
Option C: Mondays, 7:30–9pm: June 13, 20, 27, July 4.
Option D: Saturday workshop, ‘7 secrets of Meditation’, 8am–12 noon: June 25.
July: Introductory Courses
Option E: Tuesdays, 5:45–7:15pm: July 5, 12, 19, 26.
Option F: Mondays/Thursdays, 7:30–9:00pm: July 18, 21, 25, 28.
Option G: Saturday workshop, ‘7 secrets of Meditation’, 8am–12noon: July 30.
September: Introductory Courses
Option H: Mondays, 6:00–7:30pm: Sept 5, 12, 19, 26.
Option I: Tues/Thursdays, 7:30–9:00pm: Sept 13, 15, 20, 22.
Learn to Meditate is a popular and proven series of classes that teaches life skills essential to achieving a peaceful and happy inner life – and so a fulfilling outer life. Using music, meditation, mantras and other techniques drawn from numerous spiritual traditions, our classes introduce a programme to help you become a peace-filled human being.
Try to attend all of the meditation classes of your chosen option which form a structured course.
Kindly do not join any course after the second session.
Green Bay: Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive
- Every Monday for 4 weeks starting 16 May; 7.00-8.00pm
Devonport: Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence Street
- Every Monday for 4 weeks starting 4 Jul; 7.00-8.00pm
Whatever your goals or dreams, meditation is a powerful lifeskill that will help you to achieve them – even 5 minutes of daily practice will have transforming results.
Our free weekend workshop covers the ABCs of meditation – breathing and concentration techniques to remove stress and calm the mind; the use of creative visualisations and mantric chants; meditation in the spiritual heart centre; how to set up your own personal meditation program – plus discussion topics and pointers on using your meditation skills to really make a positive difference in your daily life.
Te Atatu Community House, 580 Te Atatu Rd. (Blue House next to Village Kindergarten)
Saturday Jun 11; 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Dr.
Saturday Jul 7; 2.00pm – 5.00pm
The Power of Meditation
Learn the art of meditation and unlock your inner creative energy to develop your unlimited potentiality, to become a more fulfilled and happy individual. Open to students, staff and the general public.
Venue: Arts room 206-214, 38 Princess St, City Campus
Wednesdays at 530 pm
Registration: required,so we can contact you as the venue can change at short notice.
Call/text Daniel on 021 831 382 to register.
Our popular Learn to Meditation series of classes are designed to introduce you to simple and effective exercises to still the mind, including breathing techniques, creative visualisation, concentration and meditation techniques. Topics for discussion include using meditation for self-awareness, overcoming stress and other life problems, achieving inner potential and spiritual awakening.
Option A – Tuesdays June 7, 14 and 21; 7:00 – 8:00pm
Option B – Tuesdays Sep 6, 13,20; 7:00 – 8:00pm
Venue – Unitec Waitakere Campus, Room 510 – 2035
Co-sponsored by the Unitec Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Each series of classes is entirely free. To gain the rmaximum benefit it is recommended that you attend all the classes in the series. Kindly do not join after the second class.
To register your interest please call or text Uni coordinator Durba on 0220 653 719 or fill in a Contact Form
If you have an interest in exploring some meditation techniques at home and getting started with your practice, the following helpful online course will guide you through the basic steps:
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.
‘SECRETS OF HAPPINESS’ workshop
Thur July 7 and Fri July 8, 7.00 – 9.00pm
A special 2-evening meditation workshop. Musician, athlete, international teacher and the author of several books on meditation, our visiting guest presenter for this inspirational course is Sujantra McKeever, founder of San Diego’s largest hatha yoga studio. His free two evening seminar will introduce a wide range of practical, effective meditation skills and share his many insights into meditation’s role in cultivating happiness.
Also featuring musicians MonkParty, a vocal/instrumental duo offering live music-meditation experiences.
Held at the Sri Chinmoy Centre – bookings essential by phoning (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.
Other inspiring projects
As well as free meditation classes, the members of Auckland Sri Chinmoy Centre strive to play their part in bring about a more harmonious world by offering concerts, peace programmes and other cultural and athletic events.
Free Saturday evening bhajan concerts are offered each month at the Sri Chinmoy Centre – please call (09)3093437 for an update on our next concert time.
An Hour Of Peace
Aphorisms on Happiness
To mark the UN international day of happiness, we created these inspiring posters featuring aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy.
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