Meditation Classes at Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center


Foundations of Meditation

If you would like to learn how to meditate, Janaki Pierson, the Director of WYC, is offering Foundations of Meditation.  This course involves training in the theory and practice of correct meditation.  Topics include benefits of meditation, application to stress management, posture, the relationship between breath and mind, the power of mantra, the evolution of consciousness, Kundalini Shakti, and the mind and attention.  Janaki has been teaching meditation for over 35 years here, throughout Connecticut, NY, PA  and New England. 

Location: House

5 Monday evenings, 6:45-8:45 pm, March 5, 12, 26 & April 2 and 9, 2018 - THIS SESSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED - please contact us, or stay tuned for the new dates

$135/$125 if received 10 days in advance

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Deepening Meditation

with Janaki

For all graduates of the Foundations of Meditation , we bring our practice to the next level by fully embracing our true nature.  Drawing on all wisdom traditions and acknowledgement of our own nature, we bring our shadows to the light.  We laugh, we practice, we realize, we let go in community. 

Location:  House
Next meeting:

Friday April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

Class fee:  $35/$25 if received 10 days in advance


What is Meditation?

Through meditation, we discover who we are other than our thoughts: calmness, profound peace and infinite joy.  By centering the attention on the breath, we learn to quiet our restless minds and experience the stillness of our true nature.  With regular practice, we become grounded in this state of awareness and remain calm and peaceful throughout the tumult and crisis of modern life.  Having accessed inner peace we bring forth a healing of the physical body from within.                            

During meditation, the body enters a deeper state of relaxation than during sleep.  This is evidenced by profound reductions in oxygen consumption, metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Who Benefits from Yoga and Meditation?

Teenagers and Young Adults 

  • Increase self esteem, sense of belonging and sense of community.
  • Increase concentration (for studying and taking exams).
  • Decrease attraction to recreational drugs and alcohol by allowing the young person to access his/her own inner peace and contentment.

Middle Agers

  • Enhanced decision making ability and efficiency resulting from meditation empower the individual to make healthy choices and  balance the responsibilities of life.
  • Middle agers find the daily period of meditation to be the quiet oasis of peace in the midst of a busy day.


  • The enhanced sense of belonging and helps the senior combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • Meditating keeps the mind peaceful and content, strengthening the immune system and physical body.
  • Meditation slows the aging process.