• The Meditation Experience
    A guide to the physical, mental and philosophical foundations of meditation
    Certificate Course
    with Swami Jyotirmayananda

The Meditation Experience

29 November - 3 December


“Through regular meditation, the mind becomes clear and the motives pure. The subconscious mind releases hidden knowledge that allows a better understanding of oneself and our relationship to the world. The limited personality slowly dissolves into an expanded consciousness. Ultimately, the superconscious or intuitive forces are released, leading to a life of wisdom and peace.
” Swami Vishnudevananda.
Meditation is the art of slowing down and focusing the mind. Meditation gives relief and much more. Scientific studies show that regular meditation stimulates relaxation, improves emotional wellbeing, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress.
This course provides a thorough overview of the philosophy and practice of meditation, visualisation, techniques for mental relaxation & mantra chanting. Each workshop includes various guided meditations and mantra chanting.

Wednesday 29 November

4.00pmAsana class: Gentle arrival class with focus on relaxation
6.00pmVegetarian Dinner
7.30pmSatsang: Yoga, an ancient guide to healthy living


Thursday 30 November

6.30amSatsang: Asanas, a stress relieving sequence
8.00amAsana class: Stimulating the solar plexus
10.00amLight breakfast
10.45amKarma yoga
12.00pmVegetarian lunch
1.30pmWorkshop: The practice of Meditation – A 12 step guide
4.00pmAsana class: Shoulderstand variations
6.00pmVegetarian Dinner
7.30pmSatsang: Developing concentration through Likitha Japa, the writing of mantras


Friday 1 December

6.30amSatsang: Constant mindfulness through the spiritual diary
8.00amThe meditative asana experience
10.00amLight breakfast
10.45amKarma yoga
12.00pmVegetarian lunch
1.30pmWorkshop: One-pointedness of mind through meditative pranayama, visualisation and positive values
4.00pmAsana class: Increasing the flexibility of the spine
6.00pmVegetarian Dinner
7.30pmPuja, devotional ceremony, for the Divine Mother


Saturday 2 December

6.30amSilent meditative early morning nature walk
8.00amLight breakfast
9.00amKarma yoga
10.30 amAsana and pranayama class: Physical and mental stability in the asanas
12.00pmVegetarian lunch
1.30pmWorkshop: Mantra meditation, the harmonising effect of sound on the mind
4.00pmAsana class: Awareness, coordination and breath control
6.00pmChanting satsang: Kirtan for inner harmony
7.30pmVegetarian Dinner


Sunday 3 December

6.30amSatsang: We are all one
8.00amAsana class: Prolonged holding of postures
10amLight breakfast
10.45amKarma yoga and packing
12.00pmVegetarian lunch
1.30pmWorkshop: Turning your meditation and yoga practice into a practical, spiritual lifestyle at home



Workshop only: £25
Residential course
Dormitory (4 – 8 beds) £375
Double Room £455
Single Room £500
Non-residential £290


Swami Jyotirmayananda | Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre| Yoga | England

Swami Jyotirmayananda

The workshop and satsangs will be given by Swami Jyotirmayananda, the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London. She is a natural teacher and shares the teachings of yoga with insight and devotion.

Swami Nityananda | Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre| Yoga | England

Swami Nityananda

Swami Nityananda is responsible for the asana teachings during the course. She is an experienced, warm and compassionate yoga teacher.


Course Material

The course is based on the books Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda and The Sivananda Book of Meditation. The books are available in the boutique of the centre.

Course venue

The course will be held in the Sivananda Centre in London – a spiritual oasis amid the pressures of city life. Situated in a quiet residential area, the centre’s welcoming reception area, spacious studios and beautiful peace garden provide an ideal setting for practising yoga, meditation and relaxation. You are welcome to stay in the centre for the length of the course, accommodation will be in a shared room. It is also possible to attend individual workshops, classes and satsangs in case you are unable to participate in the full course.

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