There are many courses on yoga and meditation in London. Transcendental Meditation is among the best known.
Is it right for you?
In the last few years yoga has become very popular in London. It is sometimes understood as a series of physical postures. But it is much more than this.
The full value of yoga is described in The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali. It begins with a beautiful definition: “Yoga”, it says, “is the cessation of fluctuations of the mind.”
That is to say, yoga teaches how to have a mind that is at peace and alert at the same time. Maharishi called this “a state of restful alertness” where the mind is completely silent while remaining fully awake.
Out of a total of 192 sutras or aphorisms in The Yoga Sutra, one is dedicated to physical posture. It says: “The seat is firm and comfortable”
(II.46). The other 191 sutra analyse the cessation of mental activity.
The experience of a mind at peace is valuable in itself but it has immense importance on a practical level.
When there is no activity in the mind, and yet the mind remains alert, there is infinite stability, infinite silence and peace. Repeated experience brings balance and eliminates imbalance, however it might express itself. Health improves; energy increases; life blossoms.
Maharishi’s achievement was to revive a technique that makes this level of unbounded silence universally available. He called this technique Transcendental Meditation. He insisted that the bliss of
the transcendent is a universal birthright. It cannot be beyond the reach of anyone, he argued.
He proved his point. During his lifetime, five million people learnt the Transcendental Meditation technique. The technique continues to be widely available, and there are regular classes in central London.
Transcendental Meditation brings direct experience of the transcendent into our daily lives. The technique is simple, natural and effective. It is the essence of yoga.
For information on Transcendental Meditation courses in central London, please call Anna Creese, TM teacher, on 07974 697 607.