Frequently Asked Questions
I've never been able to quiet my mind. Will Vedic Meditation work for me?
Yes, anyone can learn Vedic Meditation. Success with the technique doesn’t require any special skills, mental or physical attributes, or a particular lifestyle. You simply need to be open, curious, and willing to follow some simple instructions.
If you can think, you can meditate!
I've tried to meditate before and it was challenging, boring, or ineffective. How is Vedic Meditation different?
Vedic Meditation is different from other forms of meditation, which 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 naturally and spontaneously de-excites the mind. You sit comfortably, close the eyes, and silently use a specific sound (or mantra) to settle into a state of deep rest.
Do I have to chant, wear yoga clothes, or sit in strange positions?
No. Vedic Meditation involves sitting comfortably, with the back supported and eyes closed. To anyone watching, Vedic Meditation looks simply like resting. It can be practiced at your desk, on a couch, in a subway car, in bed, or in any seat with back support. You don’t even need silence in order to meditate – all you need is a place to sit.
Does this technique take years to master?
No. By the end of the four-day course, you'll be able to meditate on your own. Group meditations and teacher follow-up are provided to support you and ensure you’re on track with your practice.
How long will it take for me to feel benefits?
Most people report feeling more calm, physically energized, and mentally clear in the first week or so. Many people start to feel the benefits after their first meditation. All Vedic meditators have certain universal experiences, but specific benefits of the practice vary from person to person. Your physical and mental state when you begin meditating will shape your results.
Does Vedic Meditation conflict with my religious beliefs?
No. People of all races and religions practice Vedic Meditation because it doesn’t require you to adopt any beliefs or change your lifestyle in any way.
Vedic Meditation comes from the Veda, which is is the umbrella body of knowledge from ancient India. Meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, and all Eastern philosophy come from the Veda, so it is an important cultural reference point. However, the practice itself is a simple mental technique, free of dogma or belief, and perfect for busy people with modern lives.
Do I have to change how I eat, drink, or live my life?
No, you don’t have to change your life at all in order to learn meditation. Some people learn because they want to stop smoking, drink less, or change other habits, and Vedic Meditation will help with this.
You may find that positive lifestyle changes happen spontaneously after you begin meditating, but no changes are necessary in order to start.
Where and when can I learn?
All Vedic Meditation courses are held at The Spring (145 6th Avenue, Studio 6E). Courses are taught over four consecutive days, and a new course begins each Monday and Friday. For more about how the course works, click here. For our course calendar, click here.