What is Vedic Meditation?
Other forms of meditation often require the practitioner to either concentrate, focus, contemplate, or imagine something. These activities are known to excite the mind as opposed to relaxing the mind. Vedic Meditation is renowned for being easy and effortless as it doesn't require any concentration, contemplation, focusing 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 and relaxation techniques in releasing stress and promoting mental and physical well-being.
Where does this technique come from?
This technique originated from the Veda - the same ancient knowledge base that brought us yoga, ayurveda and much of eastern philosophy. And like yoga, Vedic Meditation can be practiced and enjoyed 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. And you don't have to shave your head either - or wear funny clothes, change your name, sit in uncomfortable yoga positions, give away all of your possessions, be soft spoken or become a vegetarian. Whereas many meditation techniques are specifically designed by and for monks sitting in a cave, Vedic Meditation is for people engaged in the world - for people who have families, jobs, homes and things to do.
How do you practice the technique?
You sit comfortably in a chair with your back fully supported and your eyes closed for about 20 minutes twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. During the meditation, your mind and body settle down into their least excited state. This phenomenon triggers a deep and profound state of restfulness. To an outside observer you will appear to be simply resting.
What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
Research into the effects of Meditation have shown it to create powerful, measurable changes in the physiology. Meditators have reported experiencing release of stress, more energy, clearer thinking, better health, and improved personal relationships. Other notable benefits of meditation 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
What if I have too many thoughts when I try to quiet my mind?
If you feel like your mind is always active, you are a perfect candidate for this technique because you don't have to "try" to stop thinking or "try" to do anything for that matter. "Trying" is actually what excites the mind and causes thinking. Vedic Meditation is designed to effortlessly de-excite the mind in the most natural and immediate 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 90-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. For those
who prefer one-on-one instruction, private courses
are also available upon request.
How long will it take until I feel benefits?
Immediately - you will feel benefits from the very first time you meditate. Many people report increased energy, increased calmness and greater clarity in the first weeks, and friends and family will often notice differences as well.
How much will it cost me to learn?
There is no one set fee. Instead, we follow a time-honored tradition of having the student determine their own course fee based on a few simple guidelines. We have an individualized course fee that each person determines on their own according to their means. Course fees range from $500 up to $2,000 and include a lifetime of unlimited followup.
What's the next step towards learning to meditate?
To begin meditating, please attend Christian's
free one hour Introductory Session on meditation.
This is a free orientation where you will have an opportunity to meet
Christian in a group setting and hear more details about
the technique and its benefits. Also, you will get a chance
to ask Christian any questions about the teaching. The
talk will last for one hour and there is no obligation.
What about students or organizations?
We make special arrangements for students and organizations
of all types, please contact us at