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Amma Offers Blessings, Retreat in NYC

Screen shot 2016-06-02 at 2.57.04 PMAmma Sri Karunamayi, a yoga and meditation teacher who has dedicated her life to world peace and the uplifting of the human spirit, will be in New York City from June 23 to 26 as part of her 2016 world tour. Amma, or “Mother,” has been visiting the United States every year for more than two decades, offering free public programs. Her teachings encompass selfless service, devotion and a regular practice of meditation, and she offers individual blessing sessions to people of all faiths.

Amma will offer individual blessings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 23-24, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue, and a one-day meditation retreat there from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 25.

After spending a decade in solitude in Southern India, Amma began her mission of serving humanity around the world by helping eradicate poverty and spreading unity, compassion and respect for all. Through SMVA Trust, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization, she has worked to create a better world through programs that provide food, housing, clothing, medical treatment, education, humanitarian assistance, clean water and environmental stewardship.

Amma’s meditation retreats, held in an intimate setting, are designed for both beginning and experienced meditators. She teaches yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation and mantra chanting, practices derived from India’s ancient wisdom tradition. She also conducts homas, or sacred fire ceremonies, to purify the environment and send healing throughout the world.

Retreats require preregistration and a fee. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 212-330-8280.