More than 150,000 people around the world have learned how to meditate with the Chopra Center’s free online meditation program. This February 20, the Chopra Center will launch the brand-new Mind-Body Odyssey” 21-Day Meditation Challenge™ in honor of David Simon, a renowned physician who was pivotal in bringing meditation into the mainstream and helping countless people experience its benefits for physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Carlsbad, California— February 1, 2012 — This February 20, the Chopra Center for Wellbeing will host its next 21-Day Meditation Challenge™ in honor of the Chopra Center’s co-founder David Simon, M.D., who passed away January 31. In the two years since the first 21-Day Meditation Challenge was launched, more than 150,000 people have embraced the challenge to meditate every day for 21 days. The response from participants throughout the world has been overwhelmingly positive, with many sharing stories and feedback about how learning to meditate has transformed their lives. " “We are dedicating this Meditation Challenge to David Simon, who has been my friend, partner, and teacher for more than twenty years,” said best-selling author and spiritual mentor Deepak Chopra, M.D., who co-founded the Chopra Center with David in 1996. “From our personal experience as meditators and in working with patients, David and I both knew first-hand the power of meditation to balance the body, heal the mind, and transform the spirit. I know David was happy that the Meditation Challenge was opening the doors to many people who previously believed that meditation was too ‘hard’ or ‘mysterious.’ "The upcoming Mind-Body Odyssey is ideal for anyone who is seeking more peace and balance and a lot less stress and 'dis-ease' in their lives,” said Deepak Chopra. Each day, participants will receive a guided audio meditation and guidance for creating a regular meditation practice. A Meditation Challenge Facebook community is also open to participants who want to share their experiences, ask questions, and connect with other like-minded meditators. The meditations will be led by Deepak Chopra; the Chopra Center’s lead meditation teacher and dean of Chopra Center University, davidji; and other master Chopra Center instructors. Registration and participation in the 21-Day Meditation Challenge beginning February 20 is free. Register for the 21-Day Meditation Challenge here

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 www.chopra.com is your starting point on the path to wellness.

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