What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic meditation is an effortless, eyes closed technique that uses a mantra to de-excite the mind so that the body can experience deep states of rest that's 3-5 times deeper than regular sleep. Once this happens, old stresses that are recorded in the nervous system can begin to dissolve, which is the thing that allows us to perform better, access more creativity, and experience greater states of well-being.
It's a simple, yet powerful practice designed to deliver health benefits quickly.
The word Vedic is derived from the Sanskrit word Veda, which means knowledge. The Vedas are the ancient Indian body of knowledge over 5,000 years old that is the source of Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, yoga, and Indian philosophy.
Although this practice has been passed down through a lineage of Vedic Masters, it is not monastic in practice, meaning that there’s no need to meditate in some exotic location to receive the benefits. It is a stress-relieving tool designed for "householders," or individuals with active minds, lives, and relationships.
Through the 4-day course, you will become a self-sufficient meditator, meaning there’s no required follow up or drop-in class. You will learn a simple practice that you can take anywhere.
This is not a directed focus style of meditation - meaning that there's no need to concentrate, focus or exclude anything, including outside noise, and most importantly, thoughts. Mental field trips are okay in this practice. It is through effortlessness and ease that we receive the benefits.
There have been thousands of research studies that validate the health and well-being benefits of meditation, but just to name a few, a regular practice can yield:
- Lowered stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
- Improved sleep and relief from insomnia.
- Increased energy, resilience, and creative intelligence.
- Strengthened immunity, reduced cholesterol, and normalized blood pressure.
- Ability to make high-speed accurate decisions while staying calm under performance.
- Refined concentration, focus, and memory skills.
- Decrease in depression, addictive behaviors, and symptoms of ADD.
- Strengthens relationship to self and others for more fulfillment and overall well-being.
What are people saying?
What if I can’t sit still or stop my mind from thinking?
Then you are a perfect candidate for Vedic meditation. The mind thinks involuntarily just like the heart beats involuntarily, which is why thoughts are not the enemy in this practice - effort is. When we “try” to meditate, it can lead to more thinking, which leads to more effort in diminishing thoughts. But you don’t have to try to stop thinking, sit perfectly still, or achieve any sort of state or mood. This particular style of meditation settles the mind and body in a natural and immediate way.
Can I practice other styles of meditation along with Vedic Meditation?
Of course! There is no religion, dogma, or belief system attached to learning this style of meditation. In my experience, it has enhanced people’s practice of mindfulness outside of the twice a day practice.
What is the relationship between Vedic Meditation and Transcendental Meditation?
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a revered spiritual teacher from the Shankaracharya lineage of the Vedic tradition.
I teach Vedic Meditation and was trained to teach this form of meditation as taught by Thom Knoles, who continues to teach Vedic Meditation. Thom was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”), and taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi. Since 1997, Thom has continued to teach meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations. I am not affiliated with the TM organizations or their current services, processes or programs, which may differ from my services.
How do I learn?
You can learn this simple, yet powerful practice in three steps.