The Meditation Center



Creating Peaceful Communities

through Meditation

Serving the Greater Twin Cities for nearly 50 years with the Wisdom of the 5,000 year-old
Himalayan Yoga Tradition.


Swami Veda Bharati
Beloved Teacher
Founder of the Meditation Center
Disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas
March 24, 1933 - July 14, 2015

Beloved teacher Swami Veda Bharati has left this world.

Hymn to Shiva
by Shankaracharya
translated by Swami Veda Bharati
Mano-buddhy-ahankaara-chittaani naaham…

I am not mind, intellect, thought, or ego;
Not hearing, taste, smelling or sight;
Not ether or earth, fire or air,
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
I am not that which is called prana, nor the five vital airs;
Not even the seven components of the body
Nor the five sheaths; nor the five organs of actions.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
I have no aversion or clinging, greed or delusion;
No envy or pride, duty or purpose;
No desire, no freedom.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
I am not virtue or vice, not pleasure or pain;
Not sacred word or pilgrimage, not Veda or sacrifice;
I am not enjoying, enjoyable, or enjoyer.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
I have no death or fear, no distinction or caste;
No father, no mother, no birth;
No friend or relation, no master or disciple.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
I am changeless, formless,
and through all-pervadingness omnipresent;
I am not touched by attachment of senses;
I am not freedom nor knowable.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss –
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.





The Meditation Center of The Himalayan Yoga Tradition invites you to transform your life. Through meditation and yoga, you will reduce your stress, enhance your focus and sense of purpose, and experience transformational growth. The Meditation Center is located in the northeast Minneapolis artists' district and offers meditation and yoga classes for all age groups and stages of meditative practice. Students are taught in small groups by experienced instructors and are given personal, one-on-one attention.

The Meditation Center of The Himalayan Yoga Tradition welcomes people of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, creed, religious background, ability, and disability.


                                                                                           Photo by Stoma (Dr. Stephen Parker)


"Yoga is a Journey of the self, through the self to the Self" 

-Swami Veda Bharati-


The Meditation Center was founded nearly 50 years ago by Swami Veda Bharati, a spiritual teacher recognized throughout the world. Swami Veda remains an active volunteer teacher with The Meditation Center today; as does Swami Ritavan Bharati who is also a highly trained and experienced yoga and meditation teacher. Their inspiration comes from the teaching and guidance of Swami Rama of The Himalayas. The guidance of these senior teachers is supplemented by numerous other male and female teachers, who volunteer their time and expertise, in order to share what they have attained with others.



  Swami Veda Bharati           Swami Ritavan Bharati

The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation is distinguished in that it is the most comprehensive and the most all-inclusive of the major meditative traditions. Himalayan yoga includes breath awareness, repetition of the mantra (sound), postures, Kundalini breathing, and more.


Benefits of Meditation include:

* Stress reduction

* Greater flexibility and balance

* Expanded self-knowledge

* Body awareness

* Anger self-management

* Greater focus and productivity

* Clarity of purpose

* Peacefulness

* Joyfulness

* Energy

* Spiritual growth for whatever journey you're on

* An increased capacity for love


For nearly 50 years The Meditation Center has been a guide and resource for the Twin Cities yoga community using the unique philosophy and science of Raja Yoga (the royal path known also as the 8-limbed path of yoga).  This system of yoga has helped many achieve contentment, more harmonious relationships, and refinement of personality, health, and well-being.



The Meditation Center's Bookstore and Office Hours:


Monday - 10:30am to 4:30pm

  Tuesday - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Wednesday - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Thursday - 11:00am to 7:00pm 


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The Meditation Center is an Affiliate of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International