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.
10 Reasons to try out Sahaja Yoga Meditation
You don’t have to spend years living in the mountains to achieve enlightenment. You don’t have to give up anything or spend weeks in silence. You don’t have to learn mantras or wear special clothes or even try to clear my mind. The meditation simply happens spontaneously. The classes are easy and fun, and as long as you keep up your daily ten minutes of meditation you find you are able to achieve a deep and peaceful meditation on a regular basis.
You don’t pay for your meditation. There are no catches, and there are no hidden expenses. If you missed attending classes one week, it doesn’t matter. You just picked up the classes again when you could manage it. It is simply the generosity of spirit of other Sahaja meditation practitioners that allows Sahaja Yoga to be taught to whomever desires it, at no cost.
You can see results.
You feel relaxed and you feel a deep sense of calm. Now you can also feel your chakras (energy centres) and through the meditation techniques learnt along the way you can understand the vibrations of your own energy centres. If you feel unwell you meditate and use the techniques you’ve learnt to heal your chakras, and you can then feel the centres clearing, and as a consequence your health improves.
All the major religions and their core teachings are acknowledged and respected in Sahaja Yoga. No one’s spiritual journey is right or wrong. And through meditation the wisdom of all the great gurus and saints is easily revealed and understood. In fact, you’ll find that since you’ve been meditating you’ll come to understand and appreciate the teachings of great teachers such as Lao Tse, Buddha and Mohammed.
You’re your own boss.
You meditate and introspect at your own pace. You don’t have to keep up with others, or feel pressured into doing things you’re not comfortable with. You are your own teacher, your own guru, your own master. This technique of meditation empowers you and enables you to help yourself. You don’t have to rely on anybody else. Of course, there are many people in Sahaja Meditation who can teach you a great deal about the meditation and its various techniques. However, all that you need is ultimately within you.
Sahaja Yoga is practiced in almost every country in the world. So, no matter where you travel you can always locate a local Sahaja Yoga Meditation program that you can attend. Whenever you get the chance, and no matter where you are, You try to link up with other Sahaja Yoga practitioners and enjoy a collective meditation. (Meditating with others is a much deeper and more powerful experience than meditating alone.)
You don’t need to take anything with you to meditate: no mats, no potions, no special clothing or books. You can meditate anywhere – in a quiet room or on a noisy bus; at the beach or watching a movie. Thoughtless awareness (the state of meditation) is easy to achieve if you keep meditating daily, and it can be achieved in almost any situation.
It makes sense.
Everything you’ll learn will make sense. There is a lot of common sense in this meditation, and even though not everything was known to you (for example, the chakras and their respective qualities), once you have a chance to learn more about the meditation, it feels very natural and comfortable.
Everybody does it.
When you begin a hobby or join a new group, you often find that there are particular types of people who are in the group with you. For example, some groups attract younger people, others older folk; some groups have a lot of people who are wealthy, or people who live in a certain part of town. In Sahaja Yoga you will find people from every walk of life, from every demographic – male and female, young and old, rich and poor, every shape, size and colour, with varying interests, languages and beliefs. You don’t have to be a certain type of person to do this meditation. It is one of those rarities: something for everybody.
You feel good.
Without fail, every time you sit down to meditate you feel better. Whether you manage to have a deep meditation or not makes no difference, and as a consequence your family and friends are reaping the benefits.