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Meditation Course
Meditation is a mysterious ladder which reaches from restlessness to abiding peace, from ignorance to knowledge.” – Swami Sivananda

Meditation is considered the most important of all the yoga techniques and is an invaluable tool for peace of mind and emotional balance. This 4-week course provides instruction in the basic meditation techniques and theory for starting a personal meditation practice.

• Why meditate? • How to start a meditation practice • Sitting positions, conscious breathing and mental relaxation • Developing concentration • Mantras – tools for meditation
• Individual guidance by an experienced teacher.
Meditation Course
Recommended reading: Sivananda Book of Meditation by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
Mondays and Wednesdays 8 - 9.30pm August 8 - August 17
Mondays 6.30 - 8pm October 10 - October 31
Positive Thinking Course
Every thought has literal value to you in every possible way.
What you think upon, that you become
.”
Swami Sivananda

The yogic understanding of thought has helped many individuals to find new meaning in their daily lives. This 4- week course is filled with many practical techniques for facing both inner and outer obstacles through an understanding of the transformative power of thought.

• The nature of thoughts • How habits are formed • Developing thought power
• Transforming negative emotions
Positive Thinking Course
Recommended reading: Thought Power by Swami Sivananda.
Tuesdays 8 - 9.30pm July 5 - July 26
Mondays 8 - 9.30pm September 5 - September 25

Cost Meditation or Positive Thinking course:

One Course: Members £48  /  Non-members £67  /  Concessions £46
Two Courses: Members £88  /  Non-members £125  /  Concessions £85

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Special courses and Study Groups

4 session Special Course
Bhakti Yoga: the Path of Universal Love
With Swami Jyotirmayananda

“Love is a mysterious divine glue that unites the hearts of all. It is a divine, magical healing balm of a very high potency. Love is divine. It is irresistible. It is love alone that can really conquer the heart of a man. Its power is infinite; its depth is unfathomable; its nature is ineffable; its glory is indescribable.” Swami Sivananda

Bhakti Yoga constitutes the devotional approach of yoga which softens the heart and infuses peace and joy. It practices include chanting, japa (repetition of a mantra), listening to divine stories and prayer.

 

Course topics:

 

  • Practice of kirtan, devotional chanting
  • How to do a simple puja (devotional ceremony) at home
  • Setting up a sacred space for prayer and meditation
  • Listening to divine stories from the yoga scriptures
  • How to include devotional practices into one’s daily life

 

Recommended reading: 'The Essence of Bhakti Yoga' by Swami Sivananda.
Mondays

8 - 9.30pm

June 6 - July 7

4 session Study Group
Bhaja Govindam

The Bhaja Govindam is one of the great hymns composed by Sri Shankaracharya in praise of Lord Govinda (Krishna). Bhaja Govindaṁ was composed in Sanskrit in the 8th century and was originally known as Moha Mudgāra, the remover of delusions. The hymn is set to musical notes condensing the essence of Vedanta in the form of simple melodious verses expressing the union between the path of knowledge and the path of devotion.

 

Bhaja Govindam expresses the Highest Truth through poetic verses filled with the deepest and most sublime meaning. It directly addresses the question ‘What is the purpose of Life’ and provides a lucid inquiry into the nature of reality.

Each session of this 4-session course includes Bhaja Govindam chanting.
Recommended reading: 'Bhaja Govindam'
Mondays 8 - 9.30pm

July 11 - August 1

4 session Special Course
Bhagavad Gita Summer Study

With Chandra

“The teachings of the Gita are broad, universal and sublime. They are meant for the people of the world at large. It has a message for the solace, peace, freedom, salvation and perfection of all human beings. The more you study with devotion and faith, the more you will get deeper knowledge, penetrative insight and clear thinking. Even if you live in the spirit of one verse of the Gita, you will attain the goal of life – immortality and eternal peace”.  Swami Sivananda

  
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important philosophical texts of yoga and was central to Ghandi’s life and thought. The Bhagavad Gita shows how we can make every moment of our daily life a living expression of yoga. This sacred text teaches us how to live in the world, do our duties and find balance and joy through detachment. Each session of this 4-session course includes Gita chanting.

Bhagavad Gita
Recommended reading: 'Bhagavad Gita' with commentaries of Swami Sivananda
Tuesdays 7 - 8.30pm

August 2 -30 (there will be no class on Tuesday August 16)

4 session Special Course
Concentration, Key to Success in Life & Meditation

The ability to concentrate is not only essential for meditation, it is the key to success in any endeavour. Practicing concentration has many benefits. It strengthens the way we connect thoughts and ideas in the brain - making it easier to grasp difficult, complex or confusing concepts. Concentration energizes the mind, boosts efficiency and brings about serenity, insight and cheerfulness.

We will be practising simple exercises to lengthen the attention span and enhance the ability to concentrate, which can boost the memory and benefit ones psychological health.

 

Topics: 

  • Concentration, the key to inner contentment
  • The joyful practice of concentration exercises
  • Overcoming distraction and mental restlessness
  • How to develop your memory
Recommended reading: 'Concentration & Meditation' & 'Sure Ways for Success in LIfe & Self-Realisation' by Swami Sivananda
Mondays 8 - 9.30pm September 19 - October 10

Cost 4 week Special Courses:

Special Courses: Members £55  /  Non-members £75  /  Concessions £53

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