Welcome to the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Los Angeles. New seekers are especially welcome and warmly invited to come and participate in the Siddha Yoga practices. Below is some basic information to help orient you and make your experience more easeful.
New Seekers Orientation
7:00PM – 7:20PM | Tuesdays and Saturdays
On entering the Center, please tell the welcome sevite or someone at the front desk know that you’re a new seeker and would like to participate in the orientation. Before your orientation, it recommended that you read through the Center’s website.
Tuesday and Saturday evenings
6:30PM – 7:15 PM | Vegetarian dinner available for purchase (no credit cards)
7:00PM – 7:20PM | New Seeker Orientation
7:30PM – 9:00PM | Satsang
Satsang consists primarily of the Siddha Yoga practices of chanting, meditation, darshan, dakshina, and studying teachings of the Siddha Yoga gurus. For a complete list of events, visit the calendar.
There is no fee to participate in satsang. However, the Center is sustained by donations from the community, so you’re invited to make a donation in the Center Donations box or online.
Dinner and refreshments are available for purchase. The Bookstore also has books, CDs, jewelry, and other sadhana tools available for purchase (credit cards accepted).
Please wear modest, clean clothes. No shorts, tank tops, very tight-fitting clothing, or clothing with inflammatory language or images that others might find offensive. For a complete list of guidelines, visit the Center Guidelines.
What to Expect
When entering the Center you will hear chanting throughout the Center in the background.
The Evening Arati takes place from 5:30PM – 6:00PM in the Temple, and you’re welcome to participate in that if you arrive on time.
From 6:00PM onward, someone should be present to welcome you.
Although a sacred space, the atmosphere in the Center is both respectful and relaxed as all kinds of people of all ages participate in the practices. Some people come to focus exclusively on the practices and want to remain in silence, while others love to socialize in Amrit. You may encounter all kinds of people, just as you would anywhere else in the world. Simply be respectful and have an open mind and over time everything will become more familiar. What is most important is the purity of your own intention in participating in the Siddha Yoga practices.
Some Basic Customs
Dress code (see above)
No cell phone usage inside the Center.
No photography or recording of any kind inside the Center.
Please remove shoes before entering Halls, Temple, or Meditation Cave.
Please do not point your feet toward the Guru’s chair in any of above locations.
For additional guidelines visit our Center Guidelines page.
Visit the pages below to find out more about these ways of participating.
Seva | The practice of selfless service. The Center operates entirely through seva.
Center Donations | The Center is sustained entirely by donations from the community.
Newsletter | The newsletter is the best way to stay informed about what’s happening.
A list of a number of terms you may encounter at some point.
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