Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center Co-Founder and Director

Janaki Pierson


Co-founder, executive director and principal instructor of the Woodbury Meditation &  Yoga Center, Janaki Pierson presents seminars on: Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit,  and Thinking Into Being: Creating Your Own Reality.   Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 37 years and has been established in her own daily practice for 43 years. She teaches extensively throughout New England in medical, educational, corporate, and community settings.  Janaki received Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification from the Siddha Yoga Dham of America in 1982. For the past 15 years, she has been spending two months each winter doing spiritual practices on the banks of the holy Narmada river in Gujarat, India.


A Letter from our Director

Dear Yoga Family and Friends,

For the unified Mind in accord with the Way
all self-centered striving ceases. 

Doubts and irresolutions vanish
and life in true faith is possible.

With a single stroke we are freed from bondage;
nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating,
with no exertion of the mind’s power.

Here thought, feeling, and imagination
are of no value.

In this world of suchness
there is neither self nor other-than-self. 

~Sengstan, 3rd Patriach of Chinese Zen Buddhism, about 600AD

In 2018, let us all access, with greater fullness and frequency, this "unified MInd in accord with the Way," as described in the the Hsin Hsin Ming by Sengstan.  This is the union of individual consciousness and universal consciousness, described by the yogis.  Our daily meditation and/or yoga or other sincere spiritual practice, along with mindful compassion invites this state of awareness in which we are "freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing."

 We look forward to seeing you here at the center at a Sunday evening program, class or volunteering here in community soon.

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