Benefits of Meditation

reduce-stress-and-anxietyReduce stress and anxiety

Meditation cuts back your stress chemistry (like cortisol and adrenaline) and replaces it with natural bliss chemistry (like dopamine and serotonin).

stay-focused-and-clearStay focused and clear

Meditation develops full-brain functioning. Your prefrontal cortex is activated, alpha waves increase and neurophysiology changes so you think clearly and make good decisions.

sleep-better-and-have-more-energySleep better and have more energy

The very deep rest of meditation does two things: gives you lots of energy and calms your system so you can fall asleep (and stay asleep!)

be-healthier-and-youngerBe healthier and younger

Stress weakens your immune system and speeds up ageing. Meditation reverses this: you get sick less often and you stay youthful.

get-along-with-people-betterGet along better with people

When you’re healthier, happier and thinking clearly, you’re nicer to be around. All your relationships get better.

What is Vedic Meditation?

Vedic Meditation comes from the Veda, the ancient body of knowledge from India. The Veda is the source of yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic medicine and is the basis of all Eastern philosophy.

On the course you learn a mantra—a simple meaningless sound—that you repeat silently. The mantra quiets the mind and takes you to a settled state. As your mind settles, your body begins to rest more deeply than sleep. You come out of meditation feeling clear, refreshed, and ready to engage.

Vedic Meditation is effortless and natural. You simply sit in a chair with your eyes closed for about 20 minutes in the morning and again in the early evening.

What it’s NOT:

  • you’re not joining a religion or changing your beliefs
  • you don’t have to struggle to focus or concentrate
  • it’s not difficult—anyone can do this
  • you don’t have to ditch your latte and switch to kale juice

Research on Meditation

A quick Google search for “benefits of meditation” shows over 30 million results! To make it easier, we’ve edited these down to a few articles with links and quotes from scientific studies*.

Time Magazine
Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
After roughly five years of follow-up, the researchers found a 48% reduction in the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from any cause among members of the meditation group compared to those from the health education group. “It’s like discovering a whole new class of medications,” Schneider says of the power of meditation in improving the patients’ health.
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Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit
“There is a true biological effect,” said Denninger, director of research at one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospitals. “The kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.”
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Psychology Today
20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
“When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more successful. Having witnessed the benefits, I devoted my PhD research at Stanford to studying the impact of meditation. I saw people from diverse backgrounds from college students to combat veterans benefit. In the last 10 years, hundreds of studies have been released.”
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And here’s a great video covering many benefits:

* Jillian Lavender and Michael Miller teach Vedic Meditation, the form of meditation that their teacher, Thom Knoles, taught for over 25 years within the Transcendental Meditation organisations. TM has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practise. (These studies refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”.)

For more information about the relationship between Vedic Meditation and Transcendental Meditation, see our FAQ page.