Jillian Lavender and Michael Miller are founders of London Meditation Centre and New York Meditation Center. They’re based in London and teach Vedic Meditation full time. See more below…
I first tried meditation at university in 1988. I found it fascinating, and continued to explore meditation, yoga, martial arts, and alternative therapies (alongside a career in business) for more than a decade.
In 2003 I was living in Los Angeles and managing the creative department of an entertainment magazine. It was exciting and inspiring work, but I was starting to feel the impact of working and playing hard.
Then a friend learned Vedic Meditation. I saw positive changes in just a few weeks, so I decided to try as well. Immediately I was feeling less stressed, getting more done, and sleeping better. The benefits were so clear, I never went back!
After about a year, I had a conversation with my teacher (world-renowned expert Thom Knoles). He suggested that I become a teacher myself. That led to another two years of study and several extended trips to India. Finally in July of 2007, I undertook a three-month residential training programme and began a full-time teaching career. In early 2008, Jillian and I founded London Meditation Centre and New York Meditation Center.
Since then I’ve spoken to more than 6,000 people about meditation, stress, creativity, neuroscience and peak performance. I’ve presented to tech companies, non-profits, government institutions and business organizations. And I’ve taught thousands of people to be self-sufficient meditators and get the same benefits that inspired me.
Jillian Lavender: Vedic Wellness and Meditation expert
Jillian Lavender has been teaching people to meditate since 2003. She co-directs London Meditation Centre and New York Meditation Center with her partner, Michael Miller, from their base in London. Through teaching Vedic Meditation, the world’s most ancient form of meditation, Jillian has helped thousands of people across the globe to transform their lives.
Originally from New Zealand, Jillian held senior business roles in Sydney, Paris and New York. During this demanding time leading global publishing companies, Jillian learned Vedic Meditation. The improvements to her life were immediate. Her stress levels began to dissolve and the fatigue began to subside. When life brought her to London, Jillian took some time to review where she was with everything. She quit the big job, and headed for the US, and then to India, where she trained with her teacher, world-renowned Thom Knoles, to become a meditation teacher.
Alongside teaching meditation, Jillian is also an expert in Ayurveda and consults on health, diet, sleep, fertility and lifestyle. She delivers this ancient knowledge in an accessible and practical way for modern life.
Jillian has been featured in various publications including The FT, Guardian, The Telegraph, i-D magazine, MindBodyGreen.com, Net-a-Porter’s The Edit and on BBC Radio 2. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Get the Gloss.
Michael Miller: Vedic Meditation expert
Michael Miller is the co-founder of London Meditation Centre and New York Meditation Center. He teaches Vedic Meditation full-time and is recognised as one of the leading experts in his field.
Michael has taught thousands of people to meditate — in group settings, within organisations including Wall Street firms and NGO’s, as well as private clients around the world. He also leads meditation retreats in India, Europe and the States. Michael is a sought-after speaker about stress, creativity and meditation for tech companies, wellness conferences, business organisations and finance and legal firms.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Michael’s personal practice of meditation supported him in a demanding and varied business career. He worked in the entertainment industry as a theatre producer and music promoter for top touring acts. He also ran large conferences in the finance and education fields, and was an executive for a premiere entertainment business publication. Michael’s previous marketing and business experience means that he understands the challenges his clients face in fast-paced environments, and how to balance this with staying well, creative and motivated.