Introduction to Meditation (Practical Awakening)

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What is Practical Awakening?

This 6-week course provides a solid platform to support your spiritual awakening.

You will learn:

  • a simple daily meditation practice to reduce stress and enhance clarity and energy levels;
  • natural techniques for managing your body, mind and emotions in day-to-day life;
  • a basic introduction to self-healing and natural nutrition;

The approach:

  • experiential and non-dogmatic;
  • simple, sustainable and practical;
  • friendly and down-to-earth.

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are looking to go deeper into spirituality, meditation, self-inquiry or natural healing modalities;
  • you are in a period of personal transition;
  • you are looking to improve or bring greater dynamism to your health, creativity or self-expression.

What to expect:

  • yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditation (suitable for beginners and those of any experience level)
  • an exploration of the connection between mind, body and emotions
  • an introduction to holistic health, based on your individual needs and body type

Next Course Dates:

Practical Awakening: An Introduction to Meditation & Bioenergetics
Thursdays,  May 2 -June 13, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm (6 weeks, no class May 16).
Location: 36 Simcoe Street, near Main/Lees (downtown Ottawa)
Registration: $295.

Contact Briya for more information or see below for registration info.


Registration fee is $295. A $50 deposit reserves your space in this course and can be paid by e-transfer, pay-pal, cash or cheque. Payment balance is due the first day of the course.

Practical Awakening: Course Deposit ($50)



“This class has helped me understand myself better – how to be able to take a step back and see things from a more calm perspective.  Spirituality is something I had never tried to understand, yet it is one of the most important things we should learn to understand.  If everyone practiced it, the world would be a more loving place.  I strongly believe this is something that should be taught to our children in school!” -Matt

“What makes this course stand out is that Briya has a gift to see where you are currently misaligned and can gently point you in the right direction. This course is an ideal way to get your life back on track through the adoption of an Ayurvedic diet and the establishment of a meditation practice.” – Richard

“My Practical Awakening experience has been just that: Awakening. The daily practice has me feeling grounded. Centered. Reminding me that everything I need — all the answers — are inside me. Everything I need. I feel connected. I feel ONE with the sky above and the earth below. My mind no longer feels like my enemy : it feels like my ally. I recommend this course if you are feeling disconnected, stressed, anxious, depressed or generally lost or detached from your sense of self.” -Christine

“My friends have been meditating around me and I really have been faking it without much of an idea about what it was all about. Briya introduced me to realistic, daily meditation practices and levels of consciousness of which I was largely unaware. I learned to assess my current nature from a Ayurvedic perspective, which allows me to adjust my lifestyle for better balance.

Briya is kind, bright, sunny, simple, convincing, clear and patient. One of the best investments I have ever made. I intend to deepen my understanding with Briya and her associates.”- Peter

“The Practical “wakening course has surpassed all of my expectations. Coming into the course as someone going through a personal transition and looking for ways to work through that, learn more about myself and to make an overall investment into my physical, mental and emotional well being- I found everything that I was looking for. Moreover, Briya has introduced me to basics of meditation, finding comfort in stillness and inactivity in order to focus on my inner self. Great course and I greatly recommend it to all. ” – Alex

“I came to the course with about 10 years experience, on and off, with meditation.  But I learned and re-learned a lot.  The most important — the transformative and loving effect of a daily practice of sitting and breathing.  I became aware again of the stories that spin around my mind, holding me back from the present moment.  I found a gentle way of dealing with those stories, and giving myself the gift of coming back to the here and now.  The course didn’t solve all my problems, but it gave me back the tools I needed to help me enjoy life with a genuine smile. Thank you, Briya; thank you, Briya’s teacher; and her teacher before that.”- Greg

“The practice is working really well for me, it is bringing more joy into my life as I learn to relax more, deal only with the important stuff and let the rest take care of itself. It has made me aware, in a compassionate way, of my self defeating inner voice and gave me the awareness to correct it in a friendly manner.  Being friendly to oneself, is such a powerful thing!!” – Renee

“This class really helped me to increase the ease of my physical workouts and martial arts training. Learning to control how I breathe and be aware of my breath made an invaluable difference in my life. Going forward with the meditation practice is helping me sleep better, exercise better and live better. I’ve also noticed a decrease in anxiety related to the kickboxing match that I am training for.” – Ben

“When I registered for this class (Practical Awakening), I did not understand that I would be introduced to Ayurveda Lifestyle. Now, I forsee a new path for my life. It is AMAZING! Thank you!” -Tamara

“Thank you for teaching such an amazing course. It was incredibly helpful, and I appreciate you sharing your wisdom with me. I have never felt so much peace, bliss and enlightenment. This was the best experience for my personal growth I have ever had.” -Sasha

“Thank you, Briya-ji! I feel happier, have more well-being and understanding of life and satya (truth).  In this class, I learned how to improve my mind and how to heal myself. I also learned about my dharma (duties, choices and natural laws). ” -Krishna (Nepal)

“I feel I benefited greatly from this course. It reinforced the knowledge and beliefs I had about meditation and its benefits and I also discovered new practices that I intend to use in the future. I felt at ease with Briya, she made me feel safe to express myself. Thank you dear!” -Donna

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