Will Vedic Meditation work for me?
Yes, because Vedic Meditation is completely natural. Anyone can learn this meditation because the technique is scientific; it requires neither specific skills nor the adoption of a particular lifestyle.
Do I have to change my religious or personal beliefs?
No. This is simply a practical technique that provides immediate and sustained benefits in every area of an individual’s life – mind, body, behaviour and environment.
You do not have to take on any beliefs, change your name or wear strange clothes. People of all races and religions practice this meditation.
Do I have to sit in a strange lotus position or chant?
No. When you meditate you sit in silence in a comfortable chair with your back supported and your eyes closed. To anyone watching you, it looks as though you are simply resting.
How long will it take until I feel the benefits?
Most people report feeling calmer, having greater physical energy and mental clarity in the first week they start practising meditation.
Actually many people feel the benefits after their first meditation. Friends and family will probably comment that you seem calmer, happier and less stressed.
How is Vedic Meditation different to other meditation techniques?
The Vedic Meditation technique is unique and essentially different from other forms of meditation and relaxation.
Other types of meditation generally involve concentration (focusing the mind through effort) or contemplation (thinking about the meaning of something) - both of which keep the mind active.
Vedic meditation is a completely effortless technique that de-excites the mind in a natural and spontaneous way.
Do I need a special meditation room to meditate in?
No. The technique is completely portable. You can practise it anywhere - on a train, bus, plane, at your desk, in a park. You don’t need absolute silence in order to practise it – all you need is a place to sit.
It’s very useful for people who travel a great deal, as it assists with jetlag and fatigue. Greater adaptability is one of the main benefits of meditation, and changing time zone and environment is demanding on the physiology as well as on the mind.
Will it take years for me to master?
By the end of the beginner’s meditation course you will be able to meditate on your own. The technique is easy, but our mind's desire to rationalise and question causes people to doubt their own mastery. For this reason we have ongoing support either in one to one sessions, group meditations or through email and phone contact.
Group meditation meetings are provided to ensure you stay on track with your practice. We commit to provide you with lifetime access to expert advice from a well qualified teacher.
Why isn't it free to learn?
Meditation is often taught by religious or faith based organisations with a large financial backing. I am an independent teacher, trained in a specific, ancient technique. Learning this knowledge has taken time, dedication and, yes, money, on my part. Most of all, this tradition values the intent of the student. If you are interested enough, you will invest in the process and in the possibility of gaining a life long technique. The tradition has always been that fees follow a sliding scale, so it is within reach of everyone. Payment by instalments is very much possible to make this widely available. For a fuller understanding of 'Guru Dakshina', or the payment to the teacher, I recommend you read an essay by my teacher, Thom Knoles, on the subject.