Public Courses for beginners
Having attended our free intro session you will have the option to participate in our Beginner Meditation Course. Typically the course commences the day following the Introductory Talk and consists of four 90-minute sessions over four consecutive days. Conveniently we offer the same session twice each day to accommodate people with different schedules. The course is structured to give you ample time to learn the technique and integrate the practice of meditation into your life within those four days. The teaching format is relaxed, enjoyable, and very informative. Group sizes usually range from 3 to 10 participants. During the four days we will give you a comprehensive understanding of how Vedic meditation works and enough experience to feel competent as a meditator by the end of the course.
Once you complete the course you will gain an all access pass that allows you to repeat our program, attend our weekly knowledge meetings and monthly dinner party events (indefinitely) at no additional cost. You will also have free access to our International Network of Vedic Meditation teachers allowing the ability to gain ongoing support and guidance with your meditation practice in many cities throughout the world.
Cost: Each student will be asked at commencement of the course to make a sliding-scale financial contribution in exchange for their instruction. Our objective is to make learning this technique affordable for everyone.
"Meditation is being recommended by more and more physicians prevent, slow or at least control the pain of chronic diseases like heart conditions, AIDS, cancer and infertility. It is also being used to restore balance in the face of such psychiatric disturbances as depression, hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder (ADD). In a confluence of Eastern mysticism and Western science, doctors are embracing meditation not because they think it's hip or cool but because scientific studies are beginning to show that it works, particularly for stress-related conditions. For 30 years meditation research has told us that it works beautifully as an antidote to stress."
"Harvard's Dr. Herbert Benson and R. Keith Wallace report thaolic rate of persons engaged in meditation decreased significantly. The heart pumped less frequently; the electrical resistance of the skin, an indication of emotional tension, increased markedly, showing that the meditator was relaxed; and his body produced smaller amounts of carbon dioxide. The brain's alpha waves increased in intensity - another sign of relaxation - while less lactic acid was produced in the blood, a possible indication of reduced anxiety."
"Davidson recently tested the prefrontal activity in some volm a high-tech company in Wisconsin. One group of volunteers then received eight weeks of training in meditation, while a control group did not. All the participants also received flu shots. By the end of the study, those who had meditated showed a pronounced shift in brain activity toward the left, "happier", frontal cortex. The meditators also showed a healthier immune response to the flu shot, suggesting that the training affected the body's health as well as the mind's."
How do you practice the technique?
To meditate, you sit comfortably in a chair with your back supported and your eyes closed. And over the course of about 20 minutes you let your mind settle down to increasingly quieter levels of consciousness by utilizing the sound of a mantra. To an outside observer you will appear to be simply resting.
What's different about this technique?
Whereas many other meditation practices may require some degree of concentration, focus, or contemplation, Vedic meditation requires no activity. The technique feels natural, simple and effortless. You sit comfortably in a chair and you never have to "try" to meditate. Using the technique, the individual's awareness settles down and he or she experiences a unique state or restful alertness. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness.
Do I have to change my lifestyle in order to benefit from this technique?
The technique is sequential and scientific in nature. And like yoga, Vedic Meditation can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs, or lifestyle.
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 effortlessly settles the mind in the most natural and immediate way.
If I learn how to meditate will I lose my motivation to be successful?
No, some meditators are the most successful people on the planet. Heads of State, captains of Industry and film & television icons practice our technique. Whatever success has been able to achieved living with stress is eclipsed by the success that can be ac
What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
Meditators report experiencing deep rest, the release of stress, more energy, clearer thinking, better health, and improved personal relationships.
Here are some other notable benefits:
- 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 these benefits been proven by science?
Yes. Over 600 scientific research studies (many of them published in top scientific journals) verify and validate the benefits of Vedic Meditation in just about every area of an individual's life including: mind, body, behavior and environment.
How much will it cost to learn meditation?
Each student is asked to make a financial contribution at the beginning of the Basic Meditation Course that is based on a sliding scale. This will be explained in further detail at the introductory talk.
May I take a private course?
Yes, but you must first come to an Intro Talk, unless you are being referred by someone who has already been given private training.
"It works great. I am religious about it while I am working. I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself...so with me it was just a self-reliant thing. I have been doing it almost forty years."
"It helps me deal with life's ups and downs, coming from more ed place."
"Meditation is about studying what is going on in my daily lif that as fuel to go and live a bigger life."
"I have been a meditator for about 12 years. It has given me ength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe ."
"I meditate and pray all the time. I've used it to keep myselfnd it has allowed me to move away from the storms that were in my life."
"I've been practicing most of my life. I think that does sometr nervous system. It has given me a calmness I don't think I had at 19."
"It's easy to spend a lot of time worrying and obsessing, but puts me in a blissful place."
"One of the things that impressed me so much when I finally les its simplicity. The thing that makes it effective is you don't have to do all that much, and, as a profoundly lazy person, I appreciate that." Moby
"Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we no to be reality."
About the Teacher
An Australian native, Will was born and raised in the beachside suburbs of Sydney. He was an early starter. While still in his teens, Will crewed world-famous racing yachts, and, entering the field of stock brokerage, became a protégé of one of Australia's most colourful business magnates. By the age of 20, Will had his own real estate office, had won awards as an auctioneer and had reached the top 1% in nationwide sales. It was then that Australia's fastest growing realty firm identified him as someone worth acquiring - better as a human asset than as a competitor. Will's career in realty was successful but was not destined to define him. Having learned meditation with Thom Knoles, Will's appetite for greater knowledge in yoga and the Vedic worldview drew him to Hawaii, where he became qualified as a yoga instructor.
Will Dalton's yoga classes quickly became legendary as he grew to be one of the most sought-after yoga teachers first in New York City and then in Los Angeles. While living in New York, Will witnessed the infamous terrorist attacks of 11th of September, 2001, and convinced his friend and meditation teacher, Thom Knoles, to come out of retirement to teach meditation where it was most needed: at the epicentre of a city recovering from trauma and havoc. The benefit that meditation brought to the need of the time convinced Will to continue to organize courses for Thom in Los Angeles, and then to become a teacher himself. He completed his training as a Meditation Initiator (instructor) in April 2005, in Rishikesh, in the Indian Himalayas.
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