Frequently Asked Questions about Vedic Meditation
What is Vedic Meditation?
Other forms of meditation often require the practitioner to either concentrate, contemplate, or imagine something. These activities are known to excite as opposed to relax the mind. Vedic Meditation is effortless and doesn't require concentration or imagining. The technique utilizes the natural tendency of the mind to become quiet and experience bliss. Research shows that it is more effective than other meditation techniques in releasing stress and promoting well-being.
Where does this technique come from?
The Veda, the ancient knowledge base that brought us yoga, ayurveda and much of eastern philosophy. Like yoga, Vedic Meditation can be practiced by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs.
So I don't have to join or worship a particular religion in order to meditate?
No. You don't have to wear strange clothes, sit in weird positions or become vegetarian. You simply be yourself, practice the technique, release stress, become happier and more insightful.
How do you practice the technique?
You sit comfortably with your back supported and eyes closed, for about 20 minutes twice a day - once in the morning, once in the evening. Regardless of whether you experience runner’s high or watch CNN, running on a treadmill is good for your lungs. Similarly, whether you have a profound experience or lots of thoughts, Vedic Meditation releases stress from the system, providing deep and profound rest.
What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
Research into the effects of Meditation show it creates powerful, measurable changes in the physiology. Meditators experience decreased stress, increased energy, clearer thinking, better health, 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
Reduced cholesterol levels
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
Have the benefits of Meditation been proven by science?
Yes. There are hundreds of published research studies that verify the benefits of meditation in every area of an individual’s life, including mind, body, behavior and environment. These benefits can be measured physically.
What if I have too many thoughts when I try to quiet my mind?
If you feel like your mind is always active, you’re perfect for this technique because you don't "try" to stop thinking. "Trying" is what excites the mind and causes thinking. Vedic Meditation is designed to effortlessly de-excite the mind in the most natural way. Once the mind de-excites, you'll notice that thoughts spontaneously get fewer and fewer.
How much time will it take to learn?
Our basic meditation course is run over 4 consecutive days with each segment lasting approximately 60-minutes. By the end of the four days, you will be a completely self-sufficient meditator. However, a lifetime of unlimited follow-up is available to all those who complete the course.
How long will it take until I feel benefits?
You will feel the benefits the first time you meditate. Many people report increased energy, calm, and greater clarity in the first weeks. Friends and family often notice differences as well. Vedic Meditation is also a panacea for insomnia.
The Vedic Meditation Course
Taught in person in four 2-hour sessions, is like a Ted Talk that launches your daily practice, teaching you effortlessly to receive the full benefits of meditation.