Los Angeles is ever the hub of activity, and we are all guilty of letting a little peace and relaxation escape us. When it is your time to drive to a scenic environment and just relax, I am sure you often think of places on the outskirts of the big city, like the beach or a quite place with open fields. Little do you know though, that a wonderfully serene place to meditate and relax can be found right off of Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades called the Self Realization Fellowship Center.

The Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) is an internationally recognized, non-profit spiritual organization headquartered right here in Los Angeles. It was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, a world teacher from India who was one of the first great masters of Kriya Yoga meditation in the West. The SRF was founded in 1920 in order to carry on his spiritual legacy, and where he has since impacted millions of lives through his teachings on the art of balancing health and well-being in the body and soul, and religious unity.

The SRF Center is built on gorgeous grounds bordering Lake Shrine, a huge lake with beautiful swans and turtles. It is so peaceful from the moment you step on the grounds you do not even feel like you in Los Angeles anymore. People flock there to meditate, participate in inspirational sermons, attend special meditative events and classes, relax, and even marry. You can even bring the children! The SRF is non-denominational and welcomes faiths of all creeds. The best part about it is its location—just two blocks from PCH in Pacific Palisades, which means after you visit SRF, you can take a long walk on the beach and hang out with the surfers!

References:

http://www.yogananda-srf.org/Default.aspx

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