Padma is currently in the Himalayas and from there is teaching GROUP MEDITATIONS via Skype. You are welcome to join these classes in person if there is a meeting near you, or join online from your own home via Skype, from anywhere in the world. Please email to let us know if you’d like to join one of these groups.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A PADMA MEDITATION GROUP CLASS via Skype:
The format of a class of Padma Meditation is unique and does not follow the style of any other meditation group, Yogic, Buddhist or other. Padma Meditation classes are informal yet highly focused.
Two expectations of participating in the group are
- Confidentiality of any personal matters that might be brought up in the classes, and
- Respect for one another and the space of meditation.
A group meets at an agreed on time and each person finds for themself a comfortable place and seat. Students can bring their own meditation cushions or use one provided. You may want to bring your own shawl, a notebook and pen, or a thermos of tea. If you are joining the class by Skype, then the host will add you to the conversation at this time.
The host of the class offers the internet connection, the meditation room, some drinking water and makes sure everyone present is ok and everyone by Skype is connected.
There will not be a necessity of lengthy personal introductions, but simply a welcome of anyone new to the group. A class will usually commence with Padma greeting the group and opening the floor to questions or comments to start. She will then initiate a talk on some aspect of meditation practice, philosophy and the real-life living results of meditation. These talks are open at any time to comments, questions and input from everyone, and become a conversation exploring meditation, identity, freedom and happiness. Padma might discuss some specific meditation philosophy term, or sutra, and then usually expands this exploration to what the relevance of these ideas has for us in our daily life. During this conversation everyone is free to get up for water or whatever they need to do.
After about 20 minutes, Padma will lead the group into a guided meditation.
Then there will be a time of silent sitting, usually 40 minutes.
Occasionally classes are scheduled for a longer talk by Padma, up to an hour, and then a shorter silent meditation, about 10 minutes.
It is not required to remain rigid in your body during the meditation, rather it is suggested that each person be free and feel at ease in their sitting. If someone needs to adjust their seat or even get up for any reason, they should feel free to. As much as possible, though, it is recommended that each person attempt to stay as still and quiet as possible to best cultivate stillness in the shared awareness. If you do move, then have an awareness and respect of the space of meditation in the group, and a watchfulness of how your movements affect the attention in the group.
At the conclusion of the silent meditation, either Padma or the facilitator will chime a bell or say, “Take your own time.” They may guide a brief practice of rubbing the palms together and washing the hands over the face as a concluding practice.
Everyone is then free to fully move and stretch out. Often a discussion follows amongst the group, often about some idea about the meditation or any other related topic. The class ends with everyone tidying up the space to leave it as it was found, and taking care that everyone has a safe ride home. You will be refreshed and inspired.
During the time before the next meeting, you may email to Padma or to the host any questions or concerns that come up. You are also invited to read Padma’s website and blog, or to buy any of her DVDs of yoga and meditation practices, or view the YouTube videos linked on the site, to get an idea of her style.
“Padma teaches in such a simple, non-dogmatic and clear way that is so unarming that it makes learning effortless. When I am with her I feel like I am in the presence of someone who has done the hard work herself and her voice stays with me long after we have finished our sessions. I would highly recommend Padma as a meditation teacher.” G. Lenett, President Dish Jeans