Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions asked about this technique.
How is Vedic Meditation different to other meditations?
Vedic Meditation is easy, doesn't require any special skills or superhuman concentration.
You simply close your eyes and repeat a simple sound that leads even the busiest mind into its least active state. This lets your body rest incredibly deeply and boosts your energy, which allows your body to release stress and tiredness faster than you ever thought possible.
Other types of meditation require you to learn new, complicated, and difficult techniques that none of us has the time, energy, or patience for.
Vedic Meditation is designed for the modern world.
What about Mindfulness?
As a Vedic Meditator, we consider Mindfulness (being in the present moment) to be an outcome of correct meditation. Vedic Meditation helps you bring Mindfulness into your entire life by unclogging your mind from all of its worries; past, present and future.
Is this Transcendental Meditation?
I teach Vedic Meditation. I was trained to teach this form of meditation as taught by Thom Knowles, who continues to teach Vedic Meditation. Thom Knowles was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”). He taught for over 25 years with organisations affiliated with Maharishi and since 1997 has continued to teach meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, independently and separately from the Transcendental Meditation organisations. I am not affiliated with the TM organisations or their current services or programs, which may differ from my services.
How long before I feel benefits? Anyone this doesn't work for?
You learn to meditate on the first day of the course and you will start feeling changes right away. Most people start to feel calmer, more energised, more focussed after only a few days of meditating. During the course you will be given ways to identify and track these changes. Click here for other benefits of Vedic Meditation.
My mind is too busy to meditate.
As opposed to other meditations, Vedic Meditation works with, not against the minds main function - to think. So having a very busy mind isn't a barrier to being able to do this meditation and achieving the innumerable benefits that practising this technique can bring. In fact, in Vedic meditation, thoughts are good, once you know what we teach you!
I find it hard to sit still.
As long as your back continues to be supported, you can shift around in this meditation. No need for rock still, pretzel poses on mountain tops as commonly depicted by most meditation pictures!
Is there anyone this doesn’t work for?
If you can think, you can meditate. So even if you have a really active mind you will be able to practice this technique. You simply need to be open, curious and willing to follow simple instructions.
How will I fit this into my life?
Vedic Meditation fits into even the busiest of schedules. Because of how short it is, you can meditate anywhere - your office, coffee shop, park bench, bus, back of a taxi or at home on your sofa. There are many thousands of very busy people from every walk of life practising this technique.
And, I have lots of tactical tips to help you fit this into your life-no matter how busy you are, where you work, or what you do.
Is this religious? Will I need to chant or become a vegetarian? How do I sit?
No, this meditation is not a religious practice. People from all the world’s major religions practice this technique happily.
Vedic Meditation comes from The Veda, an ancient Indian body of knowledge and is the source of all we know about meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Eastern philosophy. However, the practice itself is a simple mental technique very acceptable to Westerners. There is no chanting, or difficult to hold yoga poses. When we meditate, we sit quietly, comfortably in a chair and close our eyes.
There are also no rules regarding how you live your life once you learn - eat meat, drink coffee and alcohol, whatever you wish. However, should you wish to change any of your lifestyle habits, meditation can definitely help you to achieve that.
Course structure and cost
The course is taught over four consecutive days. This structure is to ensure you get the most benefit from this practice and leave the course as a self-sufficient meditator.
Saturday: 1 hour slot to be arranged when you sign-up
Private and corporate courses are also available and we'll work out the schedule based on your availability. Contact me for details.
We work on the fundamental principle that you get from meditation what you put into it. This means you make a meaningful commitment of your time and your resources to learn this ancient knowledge. Your willingness to meet this commitment indicates your understanding of that value.
The course fee is based on a sliding scale according to your financial circumstances. You can pay in instalments over three or ten months and there are also special rates for students. This will all be explained in detail when we talk.
What ongoing support is available? Are there Group Meditations?
Another uniqueness of Vedic Meditation is, when we graduate as teachers, we commit to being available to our students for as long as you need us. Once you've learned you can contact me with questions whenever you need to, for as long as you need to.
After you've learnt to meditate if you would like further 1:1 coaching contact me to discuss availability and costs.