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Can you learn meditation without formalized classes?

Are you at a severe disadvantage if you try to learn off youtube or a book?

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  1. No. Meditation is such an individual, personal thing….I would say get a book written by yogis. There’s nothing wrong with teaching yourself!

  2. Of course you can. However, as with anything, it is often more helpful to learn from those with experience. But for the self learner check out these following links:
    1. Brief Instructions for Sitting Meditation
    http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/the-issue-at-hand/chapter11/
    2. Approaching Zazen (seated meditation)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csyCrcpDs58
    3. Mindfulness in Plain English
    http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html
    4. Introduction to Meditation Course
    http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/meditation-instruction/
    5. Wildmind Meditation Website
    http://www.wildmind.org/meditation

  3. No, you don’t need formalized classes (and there are not many).
    Here…try this very simple, yet powerful meditation in the article ‘Effortless Meditation’ at http://www.awaken2life.org/published-articles/74-effortless-meditation.html
    It can be done for a couple minutes or an hour.
    Also of possible interest is a 15-minute audio podcast episode called ‘The Art of Meditation’ (ep. 6) at http://www.awaken2life.org/podcast-more-oom.html but you would need to register first to get access to these older episodes.
    Namaste,
    ~ Eric Putkonen

  4. I have been Meditating for about the last 7 yrs, the very first Meditation, I ever did was Shirley Maclaine’s Inner Workout. Its very simple but very powerful at the same time.

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