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Sahaja Yoga

What is Sahaja Yoga?

Sahaja Yoga is a method of meditation which allows one to go beyond their mental, emotional and physical activity to experience their true self which lies within. In Sanskrit language Sahaja means ‘Born with’ (‘Saha’ is with, ‘ja’ is born), and Yoga means union. Therefore, this phrase translates as ‘the union which one is born with’.

This union is between your true self and the all-pervading power which permeates all elements of life. It is achieved by awakening a dormant energy which lies within each human being called ‘Kundalini’, through a process known as Self Realisation. Once the Kundalini is awakened, the individual is able to experience a blissful state of ‘thoughtless awareness’, where the mind is silent and the individual can simply witness the present moment.

How is Sahaja Yoga different from other types of meditation?

The method of Sahaja Yoga is entirely unique as through the experience of Kundalini awakening the process of going into thoughtless awareness is completely spontaneous and does not require any kind of mental control. It is an extraordinary living experience which takes us beyond the mind, allowing us to evolve a greater awareness of ourselves and the world around us, free from the constraints of our mental perceptions.

It is this state of thoughtless awareness achieved through Sahaja Yoga which sets it apart from other types of meditation. It is a transformative state which alters our overall experience of life by naturally increasing our ability to feel joy and peace within. Therefore the effects of true meditation are long-lasting, and increase with regular practice.

Another defining characteristic of Sahaja Yoga is that it empowers you to become the master of your own personal growth, putting you in touch with your very best qualities and giving you the tools to overcome any obstacles in life. There are no levels, qualifications or hierarchies involved. All individuals who run meditation classes - either online or in person - do so on a completely voluntary basis because they want to share their experience. The knowledge and experience of Sahaja Yoga meditation is always and unconditionally 100% free.

What are the origins of Sahaja Yoga?

Sahaja Yoga was founded in 1970 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, born as Nirmala Srivastava in Chindawara, India. Through closely observing humanity from an early age she could see that all human beings are innately seeking something, but most do not know what. Determined to find a way for people to experience true peace within, and thus fulfil their seeking, she developed a unique method of meditation.

Seeing the tremendous effect of this method on a few individuals around her, Shri Mataji spent the rest of her life traveling the world to share the life-changing experience of Self Realisation. Her lectures and classes were always entirely free of charge, insisting that one cannot pay for something which is their birthright. Now Sahaja Yoga classes can be found in 80 countries around the world, from which hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from, completely for free.

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“As soon as you are born a human being, you have the right to unite with God. This is why human beings are seeking. They are somehow aware of that right. This is a living evolutionary process. You don’t have to pay, you don’t have to plan, you don’t have to work hard. In your own right you will get it.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

What are the benefits of Sahaja Yoga?

Sahaja Yoga meditation works directly on the central nervous system, which controls all of our mental, physical and emotional activity. Therefore, it has the potential to dramatically improve our wellbeing in all of these areas by going directly to the source of any problem. The immediate effects of raising the Kundalini and going into thoughtless awareness can be felt as a gentle release from our mind and a spontaneous state of bliss, as one merely witnesses and enjoys the present moment. However, the effects of reaching this state go far beyond those few incredible moments of bliss.

When the Kundalini rises, she removes tensions occurring on our central nervous system which cause negative mental, emotional or physical sensations, and brings our system into balance. Therefore, without any concentrated effort, we are relieved from any stress, weight or pain that we may be feeling.

In the long term, with the regular practice of meditation, this experience becomes stronger as when the central nervous system is regularly cleansed it becomes more resistant to imbalances. This is how we can evolve into a more centered, satisfied and loving person and get closer and closer to the essence of ourselves.

Who can benefit from Sahaja Yoga?

The benefits of Sahaja Yoga can be experienced by absolutely anyone! Neither gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, wealth nor background matter. Nor do you need to have any prior experience of meditation. Every human being is born equal with the same potential lying within, in the form of their Kundalini energy. Therefore everyone has the capacity to get their Self Realisation and experience their true self through union with the all-pervading power of the universe.

Hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the blissful state of thoughtless awareness from Sahaja Yoga classes all around the world, which have also been offered in schools, prisons, orphanages and refugee camps with huge success. All that is required is an open mind and the desire to discover the truth about yourself.

Where and when can I practice Sahaja Yoga meditation?

Literally anywhere, anytime! No equipment or special environment is needed to do Sahaja Yoga meditation. The only thing which is important is that you are comfortable, ideally seated on the ground or on a chair. When meditating at home it helps if you have an allocated space which is free from distraction, where you can take some time for yourself. Many people find that meditating in nature has an extra calming effect, so you can also try sitting in the garden or find a quiet spot in a local park when you’re out and about.

Meditation can be practiced at any hour, whenever you have the desire to reconnect. Even sitting back from the desk for a few minutes at work and re-establishing your attention can be a huge boost in the day! It is recommended to try meditating for 5-10 minutes in the morning before you start focusing on the day’s activities, and 5-10 minutes in the evening to detach from the day’s events before sleeping. With our online guided meditations it is easy to plug in wherever you are, for however much time you have free.

Meditation classes are also a great way to deepen your experience as the collective attention and desire to go into thoughtless awareness has a tremendous effect on your own state. Sahaja Yoga classes are widely available in 80 countries around the world, and always completely free of charge.

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