Meditation is a means of connecting to our heart center and unearthing patterns in our subconscious minds so as to reach a higher state of consciousness. In Modern times when there’s so much stress and responsibilities to deal with, simple meditation practice helps in rejuvenation of mind and soul and also keeping our health in check. Some of the meditation centers to help you develop a regular spiritual practice if you’re living in Mumbai are:
Yogacara is dedicated to the philosophy of BKS Iyengar and provides natural healing therapies like Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga, Weight Loss Programs, Lifestyle Disease Management, Massage, Therapies for Detoxification and Rejuvenation and Ayurveda Panchakarma. The holistic health and wellness organization provides a wide range of holistic medicine and natural healing therapies with the aim of achieving good mental and physical health. They have a team of doctors and health professionals who design the courses with a systematic approach.
2) Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS)
The YSS Kendra focuses on spreading the knowledge and scientific disciplines and meditation techniques of Kriya Yoga and is built on the knowledge and wisdom of Parmahansa Yogananda. The meditation techniques present a combination of psychophysical exercises, the Aum technique, the Hong Sau technique of concentration and an advanced form of Raja Yoga technique known as the Kriya Yoga which works with the life energy in the spine and the brain.
3) Ananda Sangha Mumbai
The Ananda Sangha aims to delve deeper into the teachings and practices of Parmahansa Yogananda through meditation classes, prayer groups. Yoga classes for morning and evening sessions, meditation classes for Kriya Yoga initiation, satsangs, and spiritual discussions. This organization is also behind the lifetime contribution to the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. The Ananda Village was originally founded in USA, in 1968 near Nevada City, California by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Parmahansa Yogananda.
4) Osho Meditation Centre
The Osho Meditation Centre situated about 120 km south-east of Mumbai is one of the largest centers for personal growth and meditation. There are 12 active and passive meditations from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm and Residential Programs for those who are interested in giving more time to their spiritual practice. There are a lot of facilities available like a vibrant nightlife, tennis courts, a spa with a pool, Jacuzzi and a gym.
5) Samarpan Meditation
The Samarpan Meditation was developed by Himalayan Sages for awakening the ‘Kundalini Energy’, or the dormant energy and connecting with the Divine and Universal Consciousness. Samarpan Ashram welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and belief system as it is quite simple to practice and does not involve any physical exercise.
6) The Yoga Institute
This is considered the oldest organized yoga institute in the world. Founded in 1918 by Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and his wise Hansa Yogendra, this institute holds classes as well as workshops for learning the art of meditation and managing stress. They also customize classes for women and hold women-only classes. The institute has a lush green campus and is a beautiful and serene place. There are a variety of classes available like pre-natal, couples, teachers training courses and even weekly camps. There are regular satsangs and trainers helping us in fitness and spiritual living.
7) Global Vipassana Pagoda
The Global Vipassana Pagoda boasts of a huge meditation hall that can accommodate 8000 people at a time and stands as an international symbol of peace. The meditation center also has serene surroundings and is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vipassana meditation.
8) Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission – Rajinder Ashram
This Ashram is located in the outreach centers of Goregaon and holds a library, book stall, dispensary, a Satsang and also provides a beautiful location for meditation.
9) A1 Tao Zen Meditation Dojo
This is not a traditional form of meditation as it introduces a moving form of meditation and teaches 5 stages of meditation to achieve Zen. They have a conflux of wisdom from Indian Yoga, Vipassana, Mahayana Buddhism, and Lao Tzu’s wisdom. This is a modern school for meditation which utilizes the principles of Psychotherapy with traditional meditation techniques.
10) Transcendental Meditation Center
TM is a simple and scientific meditation technique developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with a vision to transcend the rational mind and reaching higher levels of pure consciousness as well as awareness. There are introductory classes available after which one can sign up for classes.
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