Live Online Series Plus Video Access

Gateways to Meditation:

Exploring Six Concentration Practices

Thursdays, 7:00-8:15pm Eastern, starting September 30

For beginners. Experienced practitioners welcome. 

Sign up for the full series for the best experience and get caught up using the video recordings if you have to miss a session.  (Dropping-in for single sessions is also an option.)


“The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness….” Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

A time-honored method of revealing and working with the machinations of the mind, the regular practice of meditation can lead to better focus, greater harmony in relationships, and ultimately, experiencing what we are beneath all the stories we create.

There are many kinds of meditation, but most begin with concentration practices that can still the mind so that its patterns are exposed. In turn, there are many concentration practices. Each leads to the same end, but some work better than others for different individuals. Many meditation masters, including Swami Kripalu for whom Kripalu Center is named, recommend exploring several kinds to see which one works best for you.

On six consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning September 30, 2021, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice major concentration practices to see which one (or ones) resonate with your personality. (Session descriptions below)

Whether you are brand new to meditation or would simply like to expand the methods you are using, these classes can be helpful for you. In the end you’ll find your unique method of stilling your busy mind and be able to take the practice as far as you wish.

Each week will begin and end with Q&A time, so all your questions will be answered. At the end of the six weeks, you’ll be ready to choose which concentration technique you’d like to pursue as your gateway to a true meditation practice.

The six weeks are cumulative, so signing up for the complete course is best. That will give you a week to practice each method on your own before learning the next one. If you miss a session you’ll have access to the video recording to catch up. You can also register for specific sessions if you wish.

Below are the concentration practices we’ll cover over the six weeks.


Live online on six consecutive Thursdays
Sept 30-Nov 4, 7:00-8:15pm Eastern


$120 for the series or $25 / session for single sessions


Can’t make every session?  No problem.  The sessions will be held via Zoom and recorded so you can have video access in our Video Library through November 11.

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson has been teaching meditation for decades and is beloved for her beautiful voice, depth of insight, story telling and humor. She makes spiritual practice particularly accessible to beginners.  


September 30 – Practice One

Anapana sati: concentrating on the movement of the breath going into and out of the body. This is the ancient practice most people think of when they hear the word meditation.

October 7 – Practice Two

Walking meditation: concentrating on the feet and the process of walking. We’ll also look at specific yogic breaths that can assist concentration.

October 14 –Practice Three

The body scan: concentrating on sensation as you are guided through the parts of the body.

October 21 – Practice Four

Loving Kindness meditation: concentrating on the repetition of Loving Kindness phrases of your choosing.

October 28 – Practice Five

Mantra meditation: concentration on the repetition of Sanskrit phrases that carry specific vibrational qualities.

November 4 – Practice Six

Chanting as meditation: concentrating on the repetition of sung phrases in Sanskrit and other languages. We’ll also have a final review of the course.

"Bhavani Lorraine Nelson makes meditation not only possible, but also understandable, approachable, and inspiring."

Tresca Weinstein, Yoga Bulletin, Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association

"Bhavani indicated a sincere belief that I could/would be able to succeed at meditation. Her acceptance allowed me to feel okay about faltering and uncertainty. Nothing that went on internally was not okay. I love Bhavani’s clear, rich voice and how she uses its qualities in putting forth incredible insights. Her use of humor and wit really reaches me."

Eileen Blank, Brooklyn, NY

"The intelligence, humor and compassion of Bhavani is a perfect combination."

Judith O’Donnell, Wells, ME

"Your insight and wisdom shines through in your teaching. Each time I attend one of your workshops or retreats I get so much more than I anticipate. Again, many thanks for your contribution in bringing awareness and peace into our world."