Sahaja is a not-for-profit organization that operates entirely through volunteer donations. There is no “membership” for this organization. Everyone is welcome and donations are voluntary. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923 – 2011) is the founder of the Sahaja organization and originally founded the practice as Sahaja Yoga. In 2008, the offering “Sahaja meditation” was launched in America to avoid confusion since Sahaja Yoga does not involve any techniques commonly thought of today as “yoga” (e.g., stretching and breathing exercises).