Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born in India on March 21, 1923. She spent a lot of time in the United States teaching Sahaja Yoga. She never took any money for her work. Her first nationwide tour, in 1981, included New York, Houston and Los Angeles.

Shri Mataji returned many times to the U.S. and visited other cities, as well as the United Nations in New York City and the National Institutes of Health. Her last public program in the U.S. was in New York City in 2002. She passed away in 2011.

Through her simple method of meditation, Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji showed how to calm the mind and open the heart. She called this state “thoughtless awareness,” where one is completely alert, aware and fully enjoying life, free of worries, judgments and opinions. The results include more creativity, better communication, and an enormous reduction in stress.

Shri Mataji asserted that the United States was vital to the spiritual evolution of the world. As a freedom fighter in India working with Mahatma Gandhi, she experienced first-hand the oppression of colonialism. Many times Shri Mataji spoke of Americans’ love of freedom and justice and praised leaders such as Abraham Lincoln.

Today thousands of Americans continue to benefit in their daily lives from the practice of Sahaja Yoga, which is always taught free of charge.

Throughout 2023, Americans across the country will be honoring Shri Mataji. More details are available at

21 Days - 2023 Course

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The 21 Day Course - Classes are broadcast three days a week – Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday - at 8:45 p.m. ET (New York time).
The course runs February 12 to March 30, 2023. It continues the 21 day course begun in January 2023.
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Short guided meditation with footsoak – Monday, Wednesday and Friday - at 8:45 p.m. ET (New York time).
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Morning meditation at 7:15 a.m. ET (New York time) – Every day Monday to Friday
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Other online meditation programs in the New York area

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Japanese 21 Day Course - March 1 to March 21

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2022 North American 21 Day Course (March to December 2022)

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