About Us

About The Centre

Self Realization Pure Meditation Centre

The Self Realization Pure Meditation Centre in Whakatū Nelson has come into being to provide inspiration, support, tools and the gift of Pure Meditation to all who wish for greater peace, awareness, love, self-realization and to feel empowered to charter their own path in life. Blessed with the teachings and loving guidance of the founder, Mata Yogananda, we offer courses, classes, workshops and gatherings as well as one-to-one sessions.

Our Founder

Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma

Through her life and life’s work, Mata Yogananda set an example of how we can find and develop a deep spiritual connection within, learning how to love ourselves and others and find the peace that many are seeking. And to see that life’s problems and challenges can be used to strengthen ourselves and to grow from.

Mata Yogananda brought Pure Meditation into its present form with knowledge and teachings that have great depth at heart and are both practical and current for this present time we live in, for anyone wanting to progress spiritually and find fulfilment in their life.

The great Love and Light of a Self-God Realized Master is transformative and all embracing.

Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma is the founder of the Self Realization Centres worldwide.

~Mata Yogananda

Our location

Whakatū Nelson

The Centre in Nelson came into being as a result of the blessing of visiting in 2022 and feeling a strong intuitive pull to relocate here, continuing our life’s work in this wonderful and welcoming community.

The Centre is in the beautiful suburb of Bishopdale and sits up on a hill with stunning views of Nelson’s landscape. It is so calming to watch the seagulls travelling over the main land corridor of Nelson, floating peacefully and dancing together in circles.

Behind the Centre is easy access to the glorious Grampians Reserve; as the crow flies, the Centre is located just down the hill from the viewing platform (photo below).

Living close to the Grampians brings to our delighted ears the wonderous sounds of Tuis and Bellbirds. At nighttime the exquisite calls of the native Ruru Owls can often be heard. Joy of joys!!

The Self Realization Pure Meditation Centre in Whakatū Nelson is part of the global network of teachers, healers and counsellors.

Christinaseva & Paulpremanda

Your Hosts

Our journey of Pure Meditation, Yoga, and Healing began 25 years ago and proved to be so personally transformational that we were soon underway with training as teachers and therapists. Having worked full-time in this profession for 20 years, we bring a wealth of experience, credentials and professionalism, but above all, a great love and caring for all.

The training we received and our continuing professional development has held us to the highest standards and are fully insured.

Our passion is service ~ offering healing space, teachings and tools that provide people with the empowerment and resources to find their own inner peace and wisdom.


Kia ora,

I love an adventure and feel that life is the big adventure, and that learning to flow and harmonize with life has been my big lesson. The greatest boon on my journey came with the fulfilling of a deep yearning to find an in-depth Meditation and a Guru. From this, I have come to understand and experience that life gives you everything you need if you can trust and surrender to it.

I grew up in rural Wairarapa on a farm, have a background in art and spent several years overseas and travelling.

My latest adventure was to move to sunny Whakatū Nelson. Previously I worked at a Self Realization Centre in Christchurch for 18 years. I have a particular passion for the practice and teaching of Pure Meditation.

Qualifications & Training

  • Pure Meditation Teacher
  • Pure Meditative Peace Teacher
  • Pure Spiritual Healer
  • Intuitive Counsellor
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Energy Care & Wellness Teacher
  • Animal Healing Teacher & Practitioner


I love approaching each day fresh, knowing that no two days and no two people are the same. The strong foundation of my practices have been a steadying ballast through this metamorphic age that we live in. I feel blessed to be living in a time of opportunity and abundance of spiritual resources for myself and for others.

Since a young age, I felt a deep desire to help people and the planet. This led to a degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Michigan State University. However, it has been my own practice of daily Pure Meditation and the professional level of training under the guidance of my Guru Mata Yogananda that has given me the attunement and resources to fulfil this lifelong dream.

I am also enjoying the challenge of learning Te Reo Māori and being stretched at Toastmasters.

Qualifications & Training

  • Breathing & Yoga Teacher
  • Intuitive Counsellor
  • Counselling & Healing Supervisor
  • Workplace Supervisor
  • Pure Spiritual Healer
  • Retreat Coordinator 
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Energy Care & Wellness Teacher

We’d love to hear from you and welcome any questions you may have.

Relax and nurture yourself in the retreat environment of the Centre