No! You do not need to sit on a cushion for meditation BUT it helps initially!
Meditation classes, courses, workshops from a few meditation centres in Delhi, India…
It is common knowledge that fast-paced life of Delhi is making its residents more stressed and prone to mental and physical illnesses. At the same time, awareness among the residents of the problems associated with leading stressful lives is encouraging them to make positive interventions to reduce stress and lead healthy and peaceful lives. In this respect, the meditation centers in Delhi are playing a very important role.
Meditation training improves the fitness of your mind in the same way physical exercises enhance physical fitness. So the need for meditation classes is popping up, and the people are driven towards it for that ultimate peace in real terms.
Meditation Centers and their unique styles
Meditation is a proven stress-buster. India has had a long history of using meditation not just as a wellness practice but also for raising consciousness to higher levels. Different types of meditation techniques have evolved over thousands of years. The meditation schools in Delhi teach many of these different ways of doing meditation. Many reputed meditation ashrams have their branches in Delhi which teach their own style and method of meditation. These are listed below.
If you are looking to join any of these centers for meditation classes in Delhi, we are providing the list of some of the best centers in the city. You can check out for their programs and courses or any other information using their contact details provided here.
1/16. The Art of Living Foundation
Promoted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and with head office in Bengaluru, The Art of Living Foundation has been set up with the noble objective of promoting peace and non-violence and working for a stress-free world. Smile, Serve and Meditate are the three pillars reflecting the philosophy of the organization.
The Foundation has designated “Ashrams” and “Gnana Kshetras” in some cities of India.
The Art of Living teachers also conduct workshops across India, including in Delhi. These centers and workshops run different programs in meditation for people of different age groups. The core focus is on developing inner strength through meditation and breathing exercises so that one can be more aware of self and develop peace of mind.
Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, the happiness program, Medha Yoga, Utkarsh Yoga, Sri Sri Yoga are some of the regular practices at the ashrams in Delhi. The Sudarshan Kriya is particular way of breathing and meditation which is practiced and taught in these centers and workshops. The center has also designed teacher training programs and corporate training programs. Website: https://www.artofliving.org/in-en
2/16. Isha Foundation
Isha Foundation is a non-profit organization based on volunteer participation which was founded by Shri Jaggi Vasudev, popularly called Sadhguru. The organization is involved in many activities-self-transformation and wellness, ancient Indian culture and its practices, environment, spirituality and much more.
It conducts teacher training programs and organizes Introductory and Advanced level programs (Shoonya and Bhava Spandan) in meditation and yoga. It is known for the Isha Kriya- a powerful tool for guided meditation. The practice of worshiping as per traditional rituals is also undertaken to take consciousness to level of spirituality. Sacred walks are also undertaken to places of religious importance for promoting learning, wellness and adding to the spiritual dimension of existence.
|Address:||Please contact on phone or email given below|
|Phone:||9654 99 3333|
3/16. Brahma Kumaris
One of the popular non-profit organizations providing meditation classes and doing a range of social activities is that of Brahma Kumaris. The organization was set up by an affluent businessman Dada Lekhraj Kripalani in non-partitioned India in the city of Hyderabad which now lies in Pakistan in 1937.
The organization in involved in a number of activities. The range of activities performed by Brahma Kumaris is summed under 4 heads-Meditation, Wisdom, Hope and Discovery.
It is widely famed for its practice of Rajayoga meditation technique which is done with eyes open and without using mantras or rituals. Under this practice, the learners are taught relaxation, concentration, contemplation, realization and meditation in that order of steps.
|Address:||5/6 Siri Fort Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi 110049|
Pandav Bhawan, 25 New Rohtak Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110005
|Phone:||(91) 11 2649 0417; (91) 11 2649 0450; (91) 11 2649 7824 (91) 11 2354 7805; (91) 11 2355 0355; (91) 11 2351 3877|
4/16. Sahaja Yoga
Sahaja Yoga is a meditation technique and also an organization established by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, a spiritual guru. The uniqueness of the meditation method is based on self-realization which can be attained by simple practice of ‘dhyaan’. The basis of this meditation lies in awakening of the Kundalini and the flow of energy through the six chakras from Mooldhara to fonatel bone area and attainment of Self-realization.
It is recommended to visit the center and learn from the experiences of other because there is no particular course to be taught in this respect. The only posture Sahaja Yoga postulates is to sit down or in a chair with shoes removed, feet touching the ground, eyes closed, left palm resting on the left thigh with palm facing upwards and the right palm being placed on the heart. With this posture, you are required to draw your attention inwards.
Sahaj Yoga worshops are conducted at corporate office, institutions such as banks, educational institutes such as schools and colleges and at other places where groups can join.
|Address:||Main Center: C-17, Qutab Institutional Area, (Behind Qutab Hotel) New Delhi -110016 – 110016|
5/16. Tushita Mahayana Meditation Center
If you want to learn meditation the Buddhist way, then Tushita Meditation Center is one of the most prominent centers teaching meditation in tradition of Mahayana Buddhism in Delhi. Tushita Meditation Center was founded in 1979 by Late Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe and Ven. Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
The head office of this center is based in Dharamsala but has a branch in Delhi. In Delhi, the center has been established by Foundation for Preservation of Mahayana Tradition.
The courses at the Delhi center include study of history and culture of Buddhism. These are introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. Besides, there are different levels of meditation taught here.
|Address:||9 Padmini Enclave, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016|
|Phone:||(11) 2651 3400|
6/16. Ananda Sangha India
Ananda Sangha India is a global spiritual movement which seeks to promote the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. With the practice of meditation, yoga, music and other activities you can bring joy to your living. The center promotes the teachings of spiritual masters- Lahiri Mahasaya, Mahavatar Babaji, Jesus Christ, Sri Yukteswar and Paramhansa Yogananda.
The center teaches Meditation, Kriya Yoga and Ananda Yoga. Meditation is taught in a sequential manner with 2 classes on Introduction to Meditation, 4 classes on yoga pranayama called Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, 6 classes on discipleship and learning Aum vibration and the last 4 classes prepare you for Kriya Yoga.
The center also offers online courses for practicing yoga and meditation.
|Address:||Guru Prem, Panchsheel Park|
N-100, Panchsheel Park, Outer Ring Road, Near Panchshila Club. South Delhi.
34, Chander Nagar, 4th Floor, A Block, Janak Puri West New Delhi – 110058
7/16. Osho Dhyan Mandir, Oshodham, Najafgarh and Osho Rajyoga Meditation Center, Safdarjang
Osho Rajneesh founded Osho Ashram in Pune and focused on meditation as a way to reach the higher spiritual conscious. The organization has now grown to have centers in all parts of the country, including in national capital-Delhi. Osho Dhyan Mandir is situated in southern Delhi about 30 miles from the city center. However, Osho Rajyoga Meditation Center is located in Safdarjung Development area right in the heart of the city.
All active meditations which Osho used to teach are taught here. These include the following:
Besides, the center also conducts meditative therapies of The Mystic Rose, Born Again and No-mind to help people overcome depression, regressive feeling and even addictions.
|Address:||44, Jhatikra Road, Pandwala Khurd, Near Najafgarh, New Delhi – 110043 C-5/44, Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi – 110016|
|Phone:||Najafgarh- 011-25319026, 25319027; +919971992227,+919717490340|
8/16. Vishwas Meditation Center
The Vishwas Meditation Center was established in 1978 by Gurudev Shri Swami Vishwasji with the two fold aim of “Human Service” and “self-realization”. While meditation is the central focus of the organization, it is also operating in the realm of spiritual, social, cultural and educational fields.
The center teaches meditation to the people and believes that it helps them to reduce the burden of stress and make them more peaceful than ever before. The core of the meditation is to draw the attention to inner being and remain awake to just ‘be’ and not be a ‘doer’.
|Address:||Vishvas Vidya Mandir, H.I.G. Narela, New Delhi|
9/16. ACEM Meditation
Would you like to meditate the way Nordic people meditate? Do not be surprised because Nordics, too, have their own meditation style. And, if you are already done with Buddhist or Indian traditional meditation styles, you can also check how Nordics do meditation by learning it at the Delhi center of ACEM.
ACEM International School of Meditation has Head Office in Oslo, Norway. It was founded by Dr. Are Holen in 1966. Here, the focus is on sitting comfortably in a chair or on ground with eyes closed and allowing deep relaxation to take control of body and mind. In this style, you do not try to relax. Rather, it comes naturally. You have to select a place which is quite and there is no disturbance. Daily practice is recommended. It develops a profound understanding of self and leads to personal growth.
|Address:||J-1, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar Part II, Delhi.|
|Phone:||(0) 9810184542, (0) 9891022352|
|Email:||Contact Form on Website|
10/16. Shiv Yog
Dr. Avdhoot Shivanand, a master in ancient healing, is the founder of Shiv Yog. Dr. Shivananda has propounded the journey of self-realization into three phases. The first phase is of ShivYog Mindfulness. Second is of Yoga of Inner Consciousness. Third is Yoga of Self-realization. The third stage is reached through the practice of Shiv-shakti Sadhana and Advait Sri Vidya Sadhana.
The meditation classes are held for people of all age groups. Mantras, bhajans and kriyas are also central practices of the Ashram. By attending the classes, you promote your own well-being and attain balance between mind and body to lead a happy and calm life.
|Address:||Avdhoot Shivanand Ashram, D-170, Dwarka Sector 8, Delhi.|
|Phone:||+91 – 9811016531, 9999985961, 9999985962, 9999985963|
11/16. Mahabodhi International Meditation Center
Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) has been set up by Bhikkhu Sanghasena. It teaches Vipassana Meditation to the people by organizing retreats. MIMC is a non-profit organization which works on twin principles of ‘compassion in action’ and ‘meditation in action’.
The meditation retreats are organized to Sambodhi, Changspa and other metropolitan centers. Besides meditation, the organization is also into promotion of education, social welfare and sustainable development with core focus on development of Leh and Ladakh region.
The Institution also organized the first International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh in 2012.
It also has a center in Delhi. Do check for its contact details below
|Address:||A-116, 2nd Floor, Arjun Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110 029, India|
12/16. Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) was established in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who is well-known as the author of bestseller “Autobigraphy of a Yogi”. He was instrumental in enunciating the science of Kriya Yoga Meditation, underlying unity of all religions and well-being of mind, body and soul.
His teachings and the style of meditation form the basis of teachings at YSS Ashrams and meditation centers.
Meditation technique of YSS requires the person to sit in a particular posture, begin by offering a prayer from the heart. Thereafter, the breath is to be inhaled and making the body tense and clinching the fists in the process. When you exhale, all body parts are required to be relaxed at once. This is to be repeated a few times. After a few repetitions, you shall move the focus to the Spiritual Eye by closing the eyes and looking upwards in relaxed state through the middle of the eyebrows. You can continue with the prayer to the lord while focusing on the Spiritual Eye.
This techniques helps in reducing stress, improving attention span and experiencing deep peace and inner joy.
|Address:||11-12, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, (Near Gole Market)|
NEW DELHI – 110001
|Phone:||(011) 23362948, 23346271|
13/16. Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a part of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) Foundation which was set up in 1959 by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The purpose of SRM was to take technique of Transcendental Meditation to every person so that they can live with consciousness and derive its benefits.
The organization has centers across India and the vision is to create a stress-free, progressive and peaceful society in India. The course in Transcendental Meditation is conducted in three phases. Training is also imparted to the teachers so that they can spread it further.
|Address:||Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, W-20 Rajouri Garden near W-block Hanuman Mandir, Delhi West, 110027 Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital, Block BP, West Shalimar Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, 110088|
14/16. Adhyatma Sadhna Kendra- Preksha Meditation
Adhyatma Sadhna Kendra was set up in 1965 by Akhil Bhartiya Anuvrat Nyas. It has been functioning as a Preksha Dhyaan Centre in Delhi-NCR region since 1975. The center provides trainings in yoga, Preksha Meditation and Kayotsarga.
As a part of Preksha Meditation, it offers Kayotsarga for relaxation and connecting with the consciousness, Internal Trip or Antaryatra which is the flow of consciousness through Central Nervous System and enables self-restraint, Shvaas Preksha in which deep inhalation and exhalation is practices, Shreer Preksha which is about being aware of body and its sensations and movements, Chaitanya Kendra Preksha which is about focusing on psychic centers, Leshya Dhyaan which is about color meditation or focusing on colors around us, Anupreksha which requires channelization of thoughts in positive direction and, finally, Mantra Sadhna by chanting of vedic mantras and invoking their healing powers to cure the ill.
It offers 7 days Residential Rejuvenation Program. For the corporate, it offers a 3 day Corporate Excellence program.
|Address:||Chhatarpur Temple Inside Rd, Dr Ambedkar Colony, Chhatarpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110074|
|Phone:||(+91) 11 2680 8080, 2680 2708|
15/16. Pyramid Care Center and Parinirvana Pyramid Meditation Centre- PSSM
Pyramids have always attracted our attention. The enormous Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has been built with accurate geometrical precision and this shows amazing properties, such as healing powers. The same properties have also been reflected by any Pyramid built with same dimensional proportions and along the same directional alignments as the Great Pyramid. PSSM, or Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement, seeks to make use of these energies of the Pyramid to reinforce the meditation practice and heal the body and the mind.
PSSM has been founded by Patriji who has also propounded the concept and practice of Anapanasati Meditation and Pyramid Meditation. The Anapanasati Meditation requires the person to sit down legs crossed, fingers crossed and eyes closed and focus on inhale and exhale on the breath in the natural way it is happening.
The Pyramid Meditation practice requires a person to sit inside a Pyramid and then practice meditation. It has been proven that the meditation becomes thrice as powerful when inside Pyramid. The center has 18 Guiding Principles and 13 Personal Principles which shall be abided.
|Address:||Parinirvana Pyramid Meditation Centre B-7/17Ext,Terrace, Safdarjung Enclave, Opp Deer Park, New Delhi Pyramid Care Centre Manak Sadan, Manak Vihar, Karkarduma, East Delhi 92|
This is just an interim list of a few meditation centers offering meditation classes and courses. Please let me know in case I have missed out on any of the center that should be on the list. I will make the necessary changes…
16/16. Vipassana Meditation Centre in Delhi
Vipassana Meditation is a form of meditation introduced by the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. It aims to bring ‘clarity’ and ‘insight’ about what is happening as it happens. While Buddhist destinations in India are major centres of Vipassana mediation, Delhi also has some centres which teach this form of mediation.
Dhamma Sota- This is a world famous Vipassana meditation organization which also conducts a number of workshops of different time duration (generally of 10 days) in different parts of Delhi.
Vipassana Sadhana Sansthan in Chattarpur is one famous location in Delhi where the courses are held on regular basis.
|Address||Logistics farms Village Bhatti, Chattarpur Mandir Rd, opposite Radha Soami Satsang, Phase IV, New Delhi, Delhi 110074|
Please do your due diligence before you enrolling into any of the Meditation Classes in Delhi…
A few benefits of attending mindfulness meditation Classes…
1: Un-gates stuck Stresses and Emotions
A study by Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard concluded that vicharana meditation helps change brain areas associated with mood, self acceptance, stress, arousal and how they felt about themselves i.e. their psychological well-being. In fact, regular vicharana meditation can help free the mind of its Daily 70000+ thoughts.
2: Helps free the ‘Wandering Mind’
Meditation reduces activity in the Brains “ME” DMN (Default Mode Network) center. Default Mode Network is responsible for mind wandering and self-referential thoughts.
3: Frees the mind of Anxiety, Emotional responses and Stress
Mindfulness and Attention to Breath (ATB) Meditation helps regulate Self Referential Thought Processes (SRTP) thereby helping reduce anxiety and stress by adjusting emotional triggers and responses.
4: Helps “Decouple” from addictions of all kinds
Given its effect on the “Me” Brain, Meditation can people centre and be more self conscious and this can help “Decouple” from their addictions have more control of their addictions. A latest research noticed 60% reduction in cigarette smoking in people who did practiced Meditation regularly.
5: Aging Brain needs Meditation
According to the latest UCLA research… age-related decline of gray matter was less prominent in meditators. Meditators stay younger for longer.
6: Meditation can help Bipolar victims
Mindfulness Meditation, due to its inherent nature, can help strengthen the internal emotions coping mechanism. With continuous mindfulness vicharana practice, a bipolar victim can rewire the mind reactions; helps reach a baseline of one’s accepted happiness and peace.
7: Meditation helps manage PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder)
Roy Clymer, a Vietnam combat veteran and psychologist… “As you develop skill at Meditation, you gain the art of acknowledging an emotion when it comes, accepting it — but not doing what we usually do, which is immediately reacting to it.”
8: Helps with Natural Weight Loss
Lingering Stress is the reason for 80% of Non Medical Weight Gain. UC San Francisco research indicated people who managed Stress through Meditation did not put on ‘Stress induced comfort eating’ weight.
9: Helps improve libido and Sex drive
Relaxed body-mind help balance Nitric Oxide, which helps muscles to relax and induce vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels thereby helping maintain erection and delay orgasm for long period of time.
If you want to acquaint with the concept of serenity, stillness and acceptance, meditating is the only source of life that will bless you to help overcome the hurdles of life. Make it one of your own. Take Meditation Classes.
Please consult a professional to know more about what meditation is… Keep an open mind as different facilitators may have different processes but the benefits are the same. Also attend training programs, classes, courses, workshops and yoga meditation retreats, wherever possible.
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