What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic meditation is an easy, effortless form of meditation. If you can think thoughts, you can meditate. There’s no need to quiet the mind, there’s no need to focus or concentrate, there’s no need to sit in a fancy pose. It’s meant for people who live busy, modern lives so they can accomplish more. It’s a 20 minute, twice a day, at-home, mantra-based practice that’s easy to integrate even into the tightest schedules.
What are the benefits?
Below is just a sampling of the benefits that students of Vedic Mediation have reported:
- Reduced stress
- Clearer thinking
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Emotional stability
- Improved mood
- Increased creativity
- Greater intuition
- Better health
- Improved relationship to self and others
- Happiness for no reason
- A stronger immune system
How do I learn?
Vedic Meditation is taught in person over a period of 4 consecutive days, with each session lasting about 60-90 minutes. Attendance for each of the days is mandatory, as the course knowledge builds upon itself over the consecutive days. In addition to receiving a personal mantra, I will show you how to meditate in an effortless and natural way to yield maximum results. You will also learn how to structure your home practice to fit meditation into your daily routine. At the end of the course, you will be an expert, self-sufficient meditator and will be able to take this practice with you anywhere you go.
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Vedic Meditation Course Details
During the four-day Vedic Meditation course you'll learn the Vedic Meditation technique. You'll receive a personal mantra and four sessions of masterful instruction to become a self-sufficient, daily meditator for life.
Included with learning this technique is a lifetime of follow-up support:
Contact your personal meditation teacher directly with any follow-up questions
Retake the Vedic Meditation Course at The Spring Meditation or with any of our recommended colleagues worldwide any number of times
Attend Group Meditation & Knowledge Meetings at The Spring Meditation and with any of our recommended colleagues worldwide.
In just 1-2 hours a day over four days, I'll show you how to actualize your full mental potential by giving you a self-sufficient meditation practice to take with you for life. You’ll learn how to take your meditation anywhere without needing apps, recordings, or a drop-in studio. All four sessions are required since each day's curriculum builds on the previous day. The first session is usually taught one-on-one, and the following sessions are taught in small groups.
Initiation into Vedic Meditation
1-hour private session
Meditation + the Mind
2-hour group session
Meditation + the Body
2-hour group session
Meditation + Consciousness
2-hour group session
During the course, I will teach you:
The mechanics of the technique so you can practice on your own
What happens in the mind and body during meditation to release stress
How to fit meditation into busy schedules
I'll check your technique to refine it each day to ensure that you fully understand your experiences. By the end of the course, you'll have enough practical experience and theoretical understanding to be a self-sufficient meditator.
After the course, you'll be ready to continue a successful daily practice and enjoy unlimited follow-up and complimentary group meditations worldwide.
Each student is asked to make a financial contribution in exchange for his/her instruction. This type of equitable exchange of time and energy is a practice dating back thousands of years from India, known as guru dakshina, and is an effort to maintain the purity and consistency of the teaching. This system sets up a powerful and reciprocal relationship between teacher and student — something of great value is offered in exchange for something of great value.
To make this knowledge accessible to everyone regardless of financial status, the Course Fee may be paid in 3 monthly payments and may be offset by contributing service with an accredited non-profit organization.
Adults: $990 or 10 monthly payments of $99
Full-time students: $450 or 10 monthly payments of $45 (proof of enrollment required)
Teens (age 12-18): $360 or 10 monthly payments of $36 (parental approval required)
Children (age 4-11): free with a parent/guardian who is a course graduate
Volunteer service: You may contribute volunteer hours to cover all or part of your course fee. Apply at: www.thespringmeditation.com/volunteer-service-contribution.
Private Courses (Individual, Couples, Teams, Companies, or Groups) are also available. Contact me for availability.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Vedic Meditation has made me more relaxed and tuned in to my true needs and desires. I can't thank Maya enough!
— Priscilla, Public Affairs, NYC
Learning to meditate with Maya has been a very uplifting, educational and wonderful, relaxing experience.
— Mike, Entreprenur, NYC
Vedic Meditation is a great technique for triggering the relaxation response muscles instead of the stress response muscles. Life flows much better now.
— Carolina, Registered Nurse, NYC
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be Able to Meditate Successfully?
Yes. Vedic Meditation is easy, natural, and effortless. You don't have to focus or concentrate. You don't have to control the mind. You don't have to sit in an uncomfortable position. Anyone can do it. I have successfully taught students that:
- are self-proclaimed "control freaks" that thought they wouldn't be able to surrender to the process
- had trouble sitting still for any period of time
- thought they couldn't meditate because they couldn't stop their minds from thinking thoughts
And I can successfully teach you.
Do I have to Meditate Twice a Day, Every day?
Yes. Just as you brush your teeth regularly for optimal dental health, you want to meditate regularly to receive the full benefits.
How can I fit Two 20-minute Meditations Per Day into my Busy Schedule?
This form of meditation is intended for busy people with demanding careers, growing families and busy lives. The time spent recharging during meditation will be returned in the form of greater productivity outside of meditation, so you'll actually save time by meditating. You don't have the overhead of travel in order to meditate because you can do it anywhere and you don't need to meditate at the same time or the same place every day. That means, you can squeeze in a meditation during downtime between meetings, instead of a coffee break, etc. During the course we will talk specifically how you can fit the meditations into your schedule.
Do I need access to Special, Quiet Space to Meditate?
No. You don't need to be precious with your meditations. You don't need a designated room, you don't need silence, you don't need candles or incense. You can meditate anywhere you can sit comfortably, which could be a bed, a conference room, the park, a bus or subway, a church - the possibilities are endless.
Do I have to Be into Yoga to do this Form of Meditation?
Although there is some commonality between the Yogic tradition and the Vedic tradition, you don't need to be a yogi or have a yoga practice in order to do Vedic Meditation. In fact, you can hate yoga and still love Vedic Meditation.
What is the relationship between Vedic Meditation, and “Transcendental Meditation,” as taught and promoted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi?
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a revered spiritual teacher from the Shankaracharya lineage of the Vedic tradition.
My teacher, Thom Knoles, 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 this meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations. Thom Knoles trained me to teach meditation in the same way that Maharishi trained him to teach meditation. I teach Vedic Meditation. I am an independent meditation teacher and am not affiliated with the TM organizations or their current services or programs, which may differ from my services. However, if you have learned TM, you are welcome to join my regular group meditations.
What does the scientific research say about this form of meditation?
The form of meditation that Thom Knoles teaches, and taught for over 25 years with the TM organizations as “Transcendental Meditation,” has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practice. These studies, which refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”, support the benefits obtainable from regular practice of Vedic Meditation.
These benefits include:
- Increased resistance to stress
- Increased levels of energy
- Relief from depression and anxiety
- Rest 2-5 times deeper than sleep
- Relief from insomnia
- Improved relationships with other people
- Improved integration of personality
- Improved, memory, concentration and learning ability
- Improved intelligence and creativity
- Improved efficiency and productivity
- Higher levels of brain functioning
- Reduced risk of heart disease and tumors
- Improved immune function
- Reduction in pain
- Decreased free radicals
- Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
- Normalization of blood pressure
- Reduced cholesterol levels
- Normalization of weight
- Reversal of the effects of aging
- Increased longevity
- Increased self esteem
- Faster reaction times
- Improved sports performance
- Reduced use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
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