New Orleans, Louisiana―December 16, 2008― This March 8–14 in New Orleans, the Chopra Center will present its classic meditation retreat, Seduction of Spirit, where Deepak Chopra and David Simon will guide participants in a week of deep meditation, daily spiritual yoga classes, and timeless practices to transform their lives.

The Chopra Center has chosen New Orleans as the host city for the Seduction of Spirit meditation retreat with the intention to contribute to the ongoing recovery from the destruction of hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Meditation is the most effective tool we have found for releasing stress, healing the body and mind, and tapping into our deepest potential,” said Deepak Chopra. “This March in New Orleans, the participants at our meditation retreat will experience the power of meditation and open up to more creative ways to respond to the challenges and everyday stresses of life.”

By bringing meditation and mind-body healing to New Orleans, The Chopra Center’s vision is to serve as a catalyst for renewal and recovery in New Orleans, joining in the efforts of luminaries that include Brat Pitt, Kirstie Alley, Harry Connick Jr., and Branford Marsalis.

“We often define healing as making something whole, and we want to help bring a critical mass of healing intentions to this city, which has not received the unconditional love it so deserves,” said Chopra Center’s Chief Operating Officer and lead teacher, davidji.

“By sharing the practice of meditation; bringing participants to New Orleans from all around the world; and engaging the city’s political, social, and cultural leaders – including Governor Bobby Jindal and Mayor Ray Nagin – we think we can help the recovery process,” davidji said.

The Seduction of Spirit meditation retreat will take place at New Orleans’ InterContinental hotel, just two blocks from the city’s French Quarter. Each day includes interactive sessions with Deepak Chopra and David Simon, instruction in meditation and yoga, delicious Ayurvedic Cajun lunches, and special guest performances.

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About the Chopra Center

The Chopra Center for Wellbeing was founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996. Located in Carlsbad, California, the Center offers a wide variety of programs, retreats, and teacher training programs that integrate the healing arts of the East with the best in modern Western medicine. The Chopra Center has helped millions of people around the world find peace of mind, physical balance, and emotional healing. The website is your starting point on the path to wellness.

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