Frequently Asked Questions
Are these activities open to everyone, or just for members? Do I need to sign up?
There are no membership requirements to attend our Meditation or Readings Services - all are welcome.
Where can I learn more about Self-Realization Fellowship and Paramahansa Yogananda?
You can learn more about SRF by visiting the Self-Realization Fellowship website at www.yogananda.org.
Undreamed-of Possibilities, the introductory booklet on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda is available on the SRF website and copies are also available at our chapel along with Lessons applications.
You can learn more about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda by reading his book Autobiography of a Yogi which can be found at most major bookstores and public libraries. This and many other items can also be ordered from the SRF website. At our chapel the Autobiography of a Yogi, Lessons applications, and other pamphlets are available.
How much experience do I need to attend your meditations?
You do not need any background in meditation to attend our services, although it is helpful to have the SRF meditation techniques.
What style of meditation do you practice? Do I need to bring a cushion or other materials?
We meditate with closed eyes, seated on chairs. There is no need to bring any accessories.
Which service should I attend first?
The Sunday Readings Service is a good introduction for those not familiar with meditation or with SRF. The Readings Service includes shorter periods of meditation that can help one prepare for the longer periods at our Inspirational and other Meditation Services. The Sunday Service also offers the best opportunity to meet and chat with other members of the group as we have refreshments and fellowship following the Service.
Is it okay to arrive after a service has started?
People are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in order to settle in before a service starts. If you do arrive after the service has started, please enter the chapel quietly, during a reading or chant.
Is the Meditation Group chapel handicapped-accessible?
Unfortunately the current Edmonton Meditation Circle location is on the second floor, accessible by stairs only. There are handrails on both sides of the stairs. Please let us know if you might need help with the stairs.
Is there any charge for meditation services?
There is no charge for attending services. On Sundays there is an optional offertory during the Service that helps cover our operating expenses and allows us to assist in the worldwide work of Self-Realization Fellowship.
What is considered appropriate attire?
We encourage those who attend to dress conservatively as you generally would when attending a church or religious service.
I have heard about Kriya Yoga and would like to learn more. Where can I find information?
If you are new to SRF, you can learn more about Kriya Yoga in Chapter 26 of Autobiography of a Yogi in which Paramahansa Yogananda describes the history and purpose of Kriya Yoga. If you have further questions, please call Self-Realization Fellowship at 323.225.2471 and a monastic will be happy to discuss them with you.
What if I have more questions?
If you have further questions about our group and its activities, please feel free to contact us via email: please click here to send an email to our Corresponding Secretary.