Learn to meditate with our free courses

Our courses combine practical exercises with advice and inspiration, enabling you to access your own inner storehouse of peace and joy.

About us

The San Diego Sri Chinmoy Centre has been offering free meditation classes for over 30 years. Inspired by meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy, our members run several businesses in San Diego (including Jyoti-Bihanga, SD’s oldest vegetarian restaurant) and also organise many grassroots initiatives for a better world.

About our classes

Learn the meditation techniques that Sri Chinmoy taught and his life-affirming and transformative philosophy that gave rise to his multifarious activities. These free, on-going courses are taught by his students.

You’ll learn about spirituality, meditation, the soul, spiritual teachers, vegetarian diet, mantras, physical fitness, creativity, and the world beyond the physical senses.

More on this page: Current classesMeet our instructorsOur community involvement in San Diego

What classes are happening now?

See below for a list of current classes. All our classes are free because Sri Chinmoy always offered his meditation instruction and musical-meditations at no charge.

Meditation Series in San DiegoLearn and Practice Meditation

Two New Three-part series

Series 1: Mondays May 14th,  21st, and 28th
Series 2: Fridays May 25th, June 1st and 8th

All classes are from 7 to 8:30 pm 
at the Jyoti-Bihanga classroom:
3351 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116


The goal of both of these class series is to give you the tools to make meditation a reality  that works for you. Topics will include techniques, practical as well as spiritual aspects, the ultimate goal of meditation, how to make the fastest progress and more. Always free.

To register just text your name, the series you want and the number of people in your party to: 480-650-5484. For more information text or call the same number.



Beginner Meditation ClassesFree MEDITATION

On going Thursdays 7 – 8:15 pm

Discover Your Inner Light
Topics include:

• How to Begin
• Quite the Mind
• Meditate with the Spiritual Heart
• Reduce Stress
• Techniques for Concentration
• Meditation with Visualizations, Music and Mantras

The instructor, Pushkara Blue, has  practiced mediation for over 30 years with spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. His classes are very clear and joyful. In them you will experience inspiring techniques for discovering the spiritual heart.

Thursday night classes are located at the Jyoti-Bihanga Meditation Loft in Normal Heights, 3351 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116. Entry to the loft is at the 2nd door down Felton Street behind the restaurant. Text phone number below for more information.

Running, Athletics & Meditation

Featured Speakers: Grahak & Sopan

Accomplished finishers of the world’s longest Utra-Marathon

One night engagement: Tuesday May 29th, 
7 to 8:30 pm FREE

Founded in 1997 by Sri Chinmoy to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race is the world’s longest foot race. Runners are given 51 days to complete the distance and must average 60 miles a day to finish.

Grahak is a four time finisher of the 3100 Mile Race with a best time of 43 days where he averaged over 70 miles a day. He uses meditation techniques he learnt from Sri Chinmoy to help him get to the finish line  and access the inner strength we all have within. Join him as he inspires you with his journey in finishing the worlds most difficult race and teaches you how to stay positive, peaceful and focused.

Sopan is a distinguished member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team International. He has more then 16 years of experience as an Ultra Marathon Runner. He has run 17 multi day races including 6 days, 10 days, 700 miles, 1000 miles and the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. During the past 15 years he has given a number of motivational talks to audiences in the United States, Austria and Bulgaria sharing his running inspiration and experiences.

Class located at the Jyoti-Bihanga Meditation Loft in Normal Heights, 3351 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116. Entry to the loft is at the 2nd door down Felton Street behind the restaurant. Text phone number below for more information.

Inspirations for Meditation

Practical applications for learning and achieving the ability to focus, meditate and contemplate.

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Best places to meditate outside in San Diego

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3 Keys to Happiness

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How to Meditate at Work

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Meditation with Music

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About our instructors

Our classes are given by instructors from all walks of life, some of whom have been studying meditation of Sri Chinmoy for over 30 years.

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Mahiyan Savage 

Mahiyan has taught meditation in San Diego for nearly 30 years. A graduate of UCSD with a major in Physics, he was a champion tennis player who initially learned meditation in order to help his tennis game. more »

Pushkara Blue

Pushkara has studied meditation for over 35 years. His journey began in college in Long Island, New York and his spiritual adventure lead him to California in the 80’s. He teachers in a down-to-earth style that is sincere and unpretentious. more »


The study of meditation and the spiritual life has been an aspiring integral part of Papaha’s life as an artist, designer and instructor for over three decades. His life flourishes from the clarity, energy, creativity and heartfelt oneness that meditation offers and he is inspired more »

Other instructors:

As well as our native San Diegoans, we frequently invite instructors from all around the world to give talks.

Serving the community in San Diego

As well as free meditation classes, our members run several enterprises that bring the principles of meditation into daily life, and are continually organising projects to serve the public, and to help each human being find the best within themselves.

Running for Peace

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is the world’s largest torch relay for peace. The Peace Run will travel through San Diego on its international route May 22nd through 26th, where it will visit schools, youth and community groups, and government officials spreading the message that we have much more in common than what divides us.

If you would like to run with the Peace torch in San Diego on Saturday May 26th please text  for more information on the route. Participation is free and you are welcome to run or walk any distance. If you plan to run more than ten miles please provide for someone to pick you up at the end. We will start in Mission Beach at 8:20 am and end in Long Beach at 8:20 pm.

Watch this news coverage on KUSI about the run in 2017:

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Our weekly 2-mile races

Sri Chinmoy felt that outer running definitely helped our inner running (i.e. meditation) by keeping the body fit and calming the emotions. Every Saturday at 8 am, we hold an informal 2 mile race – Sri Chinmoy called them ‘Self-Transcendence Races’, because the main goal is to get joy be bettering your own capacity. The race starts and finishes at the Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden, 2520 Adams Avenue between Arizona and Hamilton, 92116.

Under the banner of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team also hold larger sporting events for the San Diego public – for example, the  Self-Transcendence La Jolla Swim & Run which will be held Sunday, May 20th in 2018.

Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden.

Inaugurated in 2012, this park aims to provide a quiet space in one of the busiest parts of San Diego, so that the public can find a moment’s peace in the middle of a busy world.

Adams Avenue and Arizona Street

Jyoti-Bihanga: San Diego’s oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant.


Jyoti-Bihanga is situated on Adams Avenue, and dedicated to providing delicious food in a tranquil atmosphere. Our staff study meditation according to Sri Chinmoy’s teachings, so if you have any questions about meditation or our classes that you would like to discuss, please come on in!

3351 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 282-4116 – jyotibihanga.com