How does it work?
Sahaja yoga places emphasis on spontaneity. Your teacher will advise you to explore meditation and what it can offer without forcing its effects. You will be encouraged to take the class slowly, and the teacher will not suggest that you move on to advanced techniques until you have fully mastered the basics – so there’s no need to worry about being thrown in at the deep end.
A yoga class may be taught mostly in silence or the teacher may put on some music to aid in achieving a relaxed state. A candle or oil lamp may also be lit during the session to create positive energy and give you an inner glow.
Is it for me?
Practitioners claim that Sahaja yoga can help with the following:
Strengthening the immune system Reducing stress Improving concentration Strengthening self-esteem and confidence
Sahaja yoga can be practised by anyone regardless of age or previous yoga experience. It can be practised by pregnant women, but make sure you inform your instructor that you are expecting so they can help tailor the class to your needs.
There is little movement in Sahaja yoga as it mostly focuses on meditation rather than poses. It is therefore suitable for those who are unable to practise other forms of yoga due to injury - best to avoid those downward dogs until you’re fully mended.
Good to know
Sahaja yoga was founded in India in 1970 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. She brought the technique with her to England when she moved there in 1974 and now has followers worldwide.