About our Meditation Classes


We will be holding a new meditation course fairly soon. The course will be ideal for those who are looking to learn meditation for the first time or those who want to try to deepen their practise and make it a daily part of their lives.  If you fill in contact form, we will let you know when the course has been arranged.

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Our meditation classes are free and offered as a community service. They are free at the request of Sri Chinmoy who believes, in the timeless Indian tradition, that spirituality should be made available to all.

Welcome to our Classes

Some of the meditation classgivers from Oxford Sri Chinmoy Centre

piyasi.jpgPiyasi Morris Piyasi works as a Primary School teacher in Oxford. She founded the Sri Chinmoy Centre with her husband, Sarvosmi in 1981. Piyasi also studied at Lady Margaret Hall gaining a DPhil in Radiation Biology. Piyasi is an expert photographer and keen gardener.


Tejvan Pettinger Tejvan works as an economics teacher. He joined the Sri Chinmoy Centre in 1999. Tejvan is a keen cyclist and takes part in races around the UK. He also organises running races in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford. Video with Tejvan speaking about meditation


What is meditation?

  • In meditation, we seek to silence the mind and bring to the fore our own inner peace and inner happiness.
  • Meditation is a journey of self-discovery which allows us to be at peace with ourselves.
  • This ancient art of meditation will help us to find meaning in our modern lives and allow us to fulfill our highest aspirations.
  • Read more: common questions about meditation
  • Read more: benefits of meditation

Typical meditation course

Class 1

  • Introduction to meditation
  • ABC’s of Meditation – what to do in meditation
  • Practical Relaxation Exercise – exercise to relax mind and body
  • Breathing Exercise – learn to harness the power of breathing to quieten the mind
  • How to meditate at home.
  • About Sri Chinmoy Centre

Class 2

  • Explaining the difference between the mind and heart
  • Letting go of thoughts
  • Mantra – how mantra can be good introduction to meditation.
  • Music and meditation

Class 3

  • Aspiration – how the inner hunger for meditation can help overcome any problem.
  • Consciousness in meditation. How meditation can uplift our consciousness.

Class 4

  • Experienced meditation exercises.
  • Meditation as a daily practice.
  • The role of a guru/meditation teacher.

Further classes

The introductory course usually involves 5-6 classes. For those interested, there will be follow-up classes for those wishing to pursue their meditation as part of the Sri Chinmoy Centre.

Live music


Sometimes we have live music groups perform meditative music at our meditation classes; such as Ananda

Frequently asked questions about our classes

Do I need to bring anything?

No. Just light comfortable clothes. One tip: don’t eat a heavy meal before coming for meditation – it makes it a bit harder!

How long do classes last?

Perhaps one hour and a quarter for the first one. Later classes may last one hour and a half. You are welcome to stay behind and speak about meditation after.

Is it based on any religion?

There is no religion. We see meditation as a spiritual practise, but people will benefit from basic meditation exercises – whatever their beliefs or viewpoints.

What type of meditation do you practise?

It is based on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy. Sri Chinmoy advocates a fairly simple approach to meditation. One aspect of our path of meditation is we focus on the heart.

The Oxford Sri Chinmoy Centre was founded in 1981.

We meet twice a week for group meditations. We also offer free meditation classes in Oxford around three times a year.

In addition to offering meditation classes, we also organise some local running races at the Peace Mile in Cutteslowe Park.

Sri Chinmoy in Oxford

Sri Chinmoy and Mayor of Oxford at Peace Mile in 1987

Sri Chinmoy visited Oxford on nine occasions

sri-chinmoy-piyasi-lmhSri Chinmoy during visit to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Oxford Sri Chinmoy Centre at Sri Chinmoy Centre.org

Meditation in Oxfordshire

Over the past 30 years, many thousands of people have benefited from coming to our classes. As well as Oxford, people have come from surrounding cities such as Abingdon, Witney, Wycombe and parts of Oxfordshire.