Frequently asked questions
We have received many questions from potential students when booking courses. These are summarised below. If you have a question which isn't listed, please contact us and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
1. How long does the technique take to become effective?
This all depends on the meditator. Many people report gaining benefits almost immediately, with an increased level of peace and balance restored to their system that has been lacking for many years. This sudden change in the minds activity can cause many people to experience a reflection of how stressed their minds were before and only then do they understand what is most healthy for the whole being. Others may take longer to gain the full benefit of meditation due to an overabundance of stress in the system, however even a small amount of meditational practice will unwind the stresses from the root up. Continued practice will show continued results.
2. What age can I learn?
Anyone who can think can meditate, however due to the nature of instruction and a need to understand and carry out what is being taught it is advised that only from the age of 6 years upwards will a person have the required mental processing ability and attention span to learn and recall the technique method when attempting to practice later at home. Individuals with mental or learning disabilities may also find the process difficult to follow however not impossible. This depends on the individual.
Vedic Meditation is usually taught individually along with the teacher however all children from 6 -18 can be accompanied by an adult/parent as required.
3. Can I learn if I am pregnant or due to give birth?
Yes many women benefit from the calm state that meditational practice can bring. Some reports state that meditation helps with the whole pregnancy cycle including the issue of sleep deprivation and contractual pain.
4. Can I learn while taking prescribed medication?
Yes as long as the medication doesn't cause drowsiness or an inability to remember and recall what is being taught. Meditation will never interfere with an illness or a prescribed medication programme by causing any side effects; on the contrary meditation can complement a medication programme and can often help the patient make a speedier recovery due to the deep rest it develops within.
5. Will I experience spiritual states of awareness?
It is often reported that many meditators gain a range of experiences when practicing meditation, from increased calmness and peace to a heightened level of creativity and insight. There is also the possibility of spiritual development to occur and for many this is the main reason for learning. Vedic Meditation is particularly potent in this area due to the nature of allowing the mind to experience an expansion of consciousness and sometimes higher states of being. It is best to discuss any experiences with you teacher. These sorts of experience are best thought of as sign posts informing you of the benefits of your development.
6. Can I meditate more than 15 minutes twice a day if I want to?
As with all new techniques learned in life, it is best to start off slowly and allow your system to get used to what you are doing. Meditating for long periods initially could cause a release of stress from deep within and may make you feel spaced or uncomfortable and so to guarantee the best results, start off with the recommended 15 minutes twice a day until you have practiced for decent amount of months/years at which point an increased level of practice can certainly bring increased results.
7. Do I have to sit cross legged in the lotus posture in order to meditate?
Not at all, see our diagrams of how we practice here.
8. Do I have to come to the Sunday group session in order to learn?
The main part of the instruction of the technique is given during the Saturday session however it is imperative that when learning, you maintain as much contact with your teacher in the first few days as possible. This is in order to ensure you learn the mechanics behind Vedic Meditation system and have the opportunity to check your technique and to meditate as many times as possible with your teacher. This will ensure the technique is imbedded in your memory. Meditating as part of a group is also very beneficial as it helps the integration of your practice.
9. Can I practice in public or around other people?
Yes indeed. After a certain amount of time meditators report that they can meditate and gain deep levels of rest and rejuvenation while travelling on the train, bus or tube, while sitting in the park or on a beach. It really is a technique you can take anywhere with you.
10. Is it ok to consume alcohol before I learn?
Alcohol is really a toxin to the system and should be avoided 24 hours before learning to meditate. Alcohol should also be avoided before meditating at home during the day. The whole process of Vedic Meditation is one of detoxifying and rebalancing of the system.
If you have any further questions that have not been listed here please contact us.