What is Vedic Meditation?
What is Vedic Meditation?
Other forms of meditation often require the practitioner to either concentrate, contemplate, or imagine. These activities excite as opposed to relax the mind. Vedic Meditation is effortless and doesn't require concentration. Our technique utilizes the natural tendency of the mind to become quiet and experience bliss. Research shows this approach is more effective than other forms of meditation at releasing stress and promoting well-being. Other techniques often take days or weeks to show results. The benefits of VM kick in the day you begin your course.
Where does this technique come from?
The Veda, the ancient knowledge base that brought us yoga, ayurveda and much of eastern philosophy. Vedic Meditation can be practiced by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs. All you need is a nervous system, and to be able to close your eyes for a few minutes.
So I don't have to join or worship a particular religion in order to meditate?
No. You don't have to wear robes, sit in weird positions, or eat tofu. Simply be yourself, practice the technique, and become happier and more insightful.
How do you practice the technique?
You sit comfortably with your eyes closed for about 20 minutes twice a day — once in the morning, once in the evening. Thinking the mantra — or special word you receive on your course — drops you into a cycle or resting deeply and releasing stress.
Have the benefits of Meditation been proven by science?
Yes. There are hundreds of published research studies that verify the benefits of meditation. Less anxiety, lower blood pressure, stable mood, curing insomnia, treatment of PTSD, are examples of proven benefits.
What if I have too many thoughts when I try to quiet my mind?
Then you’re perfect for this technique. We don't "try" to stop thinking. We put our nervous system in an automatic process of resting deeply and processing stress. Whether your mind is active or still, you still receive the benefit. This approach makes Vedic Meditation both easy to practice, and nearly impossible to screw up.
How much time will it take to learn?
Our course is run over 4 consecutive days, with each segment lasting 2 hours. By the end of the course, you will be self-sufficient as a mediator. However, a lifetime of group meditations and refresher courses are included with your course fee, to tap you into your community and support your practice.
How long will it take until I feel the benefits?
This technique is so easy and effective, the benefits kick in immediately. Many people are surprised by how fast they transcend thinking, how present they feel, and how well they sleep during our course. Increased energy, calm, and greater clarity often occur immediately, and make the 4 days of our course a rich experience. These benefits continue to bloom as you practice. Vedic Meditation provides both instant gratification and long-term benefit, which accounts for its worldwide popularity.
What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
Meditation research shows measurable changes in our physiology: less stress, more energy, clearer thinking, better health, and improved relationships.
Other benefits include:
Improved memory, energy, creativity, intelligence
Relief from depression and anxiety
Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
Relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders
Faster reaction times
Relief from fatigue
Stronger immune system
Reduced risk of heart disease
Normalization of blood pressure
Improved sports performance
Reduction of biological aging
Reduced addictive behaviors
Normalization of weight