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Siddha Yoga is a spiritual path of discipline, of mastering the mind and senses with teachings and practices.

It is also a path imbued with grace. Siddha Yoga practice and study is guided by meditation master and teacher Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Gurumayi, the spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path, teaches students to live in the awareness of the inner Self so that they can transform themselves as well as the world in which they live.

The Siddha Yoga path was founded by Gurumayi's predecessor and Guru, Swami Muktananda, affectionately known as Baba. Swami Muktananda's emblematic teaching is: "Meditate on your own Self. Worship your Self. Respect your Self. God dwells within you as you."

Siddha Yoga practice begins with spiritual initiation, shaktipat diksha. Through the Siddha Yoga master's grace and the student's own steady effort, students realize the divinity within themselves and in the world around them.

The Siddha Yoga path is accessible, engaging, and directly applicable to the challenges and opportunities of modern life. Through study and application, students integrate the Siddha Yoga teachings and spiritual practices into the fabric of daily life.

Siddha Yoga philanthropic expressions, created by Gurumayi, include The PRASAD Project and the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. The PRASAD Project provides health, education and sustainable development programs for children, families, and communities in need. The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute preserves the Indian scriptures and ancient Vedic traditions.

The Siddha Yoga teachings are protected, preserved, and disseminated by the SYDA Foundation, a not–for–profit organization. The SYDA Foundation makes these teachings available to students around the world and preserves them as a legacy for future generations.

SYMC in New York

Everyone is welcome to all programs at the Siddha Yoga Mediation Center in New York. On some occasions, there are courses and retreats with specific prerequisites. Below are programs best suited for first-time visitors.

Weekly Tuesday Evening Satsangs- Satsang means to be in the company of seekers of the truth. Our Tuesday evening satsangs take place every week (with some exceptions due to special events - check the SYMCNY Calendar of Events regularly) from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., and are free of charge. They include meditation with instruction, chanting, and often a sharing of someone's experience, a video or audio talk by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda or Baba Muktananda, or a reading of their words.

Welcome Tea- Held every other month throughout the year at The Siddha Yoga Ashram in Manhattan 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. This is a great program to bring family and friends who are new to Siddha Yoga. There will be chanting and meditation led by Gurumayi on audio tape. After the program there will be tea and cookies served and an opportunity for questions to be answered. All are welcome.

Dress Guidelines

To honor the sacred tradition of the gurukula, both center & ashram guests and Siddha Yoga students are asked to dress modestly.

Please avoid the following:

  • Tight or sheer clothing, low-cut or sleeveless tops/dresses, miniskirts, and shorts.
  • Clothing must be clean and in good repair.
  • Clothing must be modest, i.e. not low cut, sleeveless, revealing or sheer.
  • Clothing should fit properly, i.e. not be tight fitting and should not expose undergarments
  • Tank tops, shorts, short tops that expose the midriff, spaghetti strap tops, and mini skirts are not permitted.
  • Novelty buttons, jewelry and clothing (such as jackets, sweaters, T-shirts) that endorse political or other causes, and/or display slogans or pictures that are vulgar, depict violence or are offensive to others are not permitted.
  • Sweat pants and shirts and other exercise clothing are suitable for Hatha Yoga classes but not for public areas of the ashram.
  • Shoes must be worn in all public areas except the Meditation Halls.


SYMCNY Calendar of Events

Event Descriptions

Siddha Yoga Ashram in Manhattan

Glossary of Siddha Yoga Terminology

Siddha Yoga Path Main Site