THE VEDIC METHOD
LEARN TO MEDITATE WITH KRISTEN VANDIVIER
Welcome to The Vedic Method
Nice to meet you, I'm Kristen Vandivier, teacher of Vedic Meditation and founder of The Vedic Method.
I came to Vedic Meditation a decade ago at the height of a very fast-paced, high demand career in creative advertising. On the outside, everything seemed great–I lived on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, worked at a glamorous job, had just gotten engaged–but on the inside I was anxious all the time and experiencing serious health problems. Very rarely did I feel truly happy. It seemed to be my life story, the picture was lovely, but underneath there was suffering. I was fed up with my most precious resource, time, being wasted in this half-state. After much seeking, Vedic Meditation seemed to find me. During my initial course, I remember walking out and looking at the world as if I'd never seen it before. A kind of intangible dullness had lifted.
After going through such a profound shift, I felt a calling to help others experience that same deep inner-contentedness and finally realize the best experience of themselves.
Read more about my story here.
Simple, Natural, Effortless
Vedic Meditation is an effortless, natural and highly beneficial form of meditation. It is an eyes-closed technique practiced for 20 minutes twice a day. While most other forms of meditation rely on concentration or contemplation, with Vedic Meditation we learn to let go and experience deep relaxation in a simple, easy way. This process allows for years of accumulated stress in the body to unwind layer by layer, revealing the full potential of your body and mind.
The practice is in fact a form of yoga known in Sanskrit as nishkam karma yoga or union by action hardly done. Which is true. All we do is sit comfortably with back supported, close the eyes, and use a mantra to trigger the process of de-exciting the mind and repairing the body.
Why do we call it Vedic? It comes from the 5,000 year old body of knowledge from India known as the Veda – a series of teachings about the laws of nature and consciousness from which all yoga and Ayurvedic practices have their source. This technique is not a religious practice–people of all faiths and spiritual traditions practice Vedic Meditation.
Body + Mind
Imagine the stress in your body as dirt and clutter which fogs the mind and hinders the body. With each meditation, you are cleaning it out resulting in a clearer mind, improved health, and a baseline state of happiness.
This technique can decrease depression, anxiety, insomnia, slow the signs of aging and increase creativity and intelligence.
Love is the recognition of unity with another. Think of what stress does to that feeling of unity–it cuts you off from it. Meditation lets you feel truly present with your partner, your children and your friends.
This technique can result in greater tolerance, sociability, marital satisfaction, and improved emotional maturity.
Amazing things begin to happen when your start to meditate. You become your best self which comes with incredible powers of manifestation. All that invisible obstruction melts away. What's left is a life of joy and adventure.
This technique can result in greater self-confidence, productivity, time-management, and a more positive perception of self and others.
3 STEPS TO LEARN
1 - INTRODUCTORY TALK
Curious about meditation and want to hear more about it? Come to one of my intro talks where I go into depth about the mechanics and the benefits of meditation and can answer any questions you might have.
2 - RECEIVE YOUR MANTRA
Vedic Meditation is taught over a span of four days. On the first day, you will have a personal appointment with me where you will receive your personalized mantra and then the instruction how to use it properly in an easy and effortless way.
3 - THREE DAYS OF KNOWLEDGE
The final three days of the course is broken up into 90 minute sessions focused on the different aspects of meditation. We will cover topics such as how meditation causes stress release, different strategies to fit your practice into your daily life, and the long-term benefits of meditation.
Day 1 - Mechanics of Meditation
Day 2 - Meditation and the Body
Day 3 - Higher States of Consciousness
MEDITATION CAN BE AS EFFORTLESS AS DAYDREAMING
"THE QUIETER YOU BECOME
THE MORE YOU ARE
ABLE TO HEAR."
A LIFETIME OF SUPPORT
Welcome to The Vedic Meditation Community
When you have completed your course in Vedic Meditation, that is only the beginning. As part of your course, you receive lifelong support and guidance from me for your practice. I am here for you so don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have as part of your journey.
You are welcome to attend all my group meditations and those of my fellow Vedic Meditation teachers. If in the future you want to refresh your practice, you may attend my courses or those of my colleagues again free of charge.
You also become part of the very active and engaging Vedic Meditation Community. It is a worldwide network of over 130 teachers and thousands of regular meditators routinely getting together to meditate, ask questions and support each other. It is hard to find anywhere in the world where there's not a group of meditators with whom you can connect.
FREE TALK – INTRO TO MEDITATION
February 12 – 7PM
The Life Studio, Sausalito
It seems like at this point, most everyone has heard about the benefits of meditating and has even tried it with varying degrees of success. Very few have committed practices. This is because motivating yourself to do something without really having a full understanding of what you’re doing and how it works is almost impossible. During this talk, I demystify what meditation is and exactly how it works.
VEDIC MEDITATION COURSE
The Life Studio,Sausalito
In this course you will receive your mantra in a private appointment, and then in a relaxed small group environment learn all about the mechanics of how to use it properly and exactly how it works to transform your body and mind.
We'll also go over how to fit the practice into your busy life, all the benefits of meditation and what you can expect down the road.
ADVANCED SEMINAR WITH ADVANCED TECHNIQUE
Mill Valley, CA
Those who have been meditating regularly for at least one year are eligible to receive an advanced technique. This technique may involve the student learning a variation of their existing mantra, or it may involve learning an advanced method. After learning the new technique, there will be a 90 minute advanced seminar.
Read my story, originally published in Mother Magazine
A LIFETIME OF SUPPORT
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KRISTEN VANDIVIER | THE VEDIC METHOD
Mill Valley + Sausalito, CA