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Charlie Knoles

 

Charlie Knoles is a Vedic Meditation teacher, the director of The Veda Center, and cofounder of The Path.

After learning to meditate at age 4, Charlie devoted his life to teaching meditation. His work as a meditation teacher has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Well and Good, and MindBodyGreen. He is the lead teacher for MindBodyGreen's online meditation program and has been a featured speaker and workshop leader on meditation at Cannes Lions, MBG Revitalize, Wanderlust festivals, Art Basel, and the Las Vegas Downtown Project.

Charlie has taught over 7,000 people to meditate from all walks of life including convicts, CEOs, celebrities, monks, and stay-at-home-dads. He has yet to find a person who is incapable of meditating.

 

 

Charlie Knoles

Liddy Arens

Liddy is our lead instructor for Ayurveda and Yoga Abhyanga. She focusses her teaching towards women. She teaches techniques to enhance fertility and bring comfort and strength to pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. The techniques she teaches help women find empowerment and release traumas. She leads yoga abhyanga workshops as a guided meditation to transform the body with love. She provides private consultation and coaching through pregnancy and birthing. 

Liddy's diverse interests have led her to study Vedic Science and Philosophy at Maharishi University of Management, and Ayurveda in India. Liddy is also a certified Permaculture teacher, Padi Scuba dive-master, natural childbirth educator, certified aqua-natal instructor, free-birthing enthusiast and mother of four. She has been pregnant many times working through perceived infertility and miscarriages. She has delivered naturally without drugs four times, and delivered twice "unassisted" with only her husband in attendance using these powerful techniques to shorten and ease labor.

LIddy Arens

Thom Knoles

Thom Knoles is a maharishi, or pre-eminent master-teacher, of Vedic Meditation. He has personally-taught tens of thousands students worldwide.

Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda: The knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda are derived.

He learned Vedic Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who became Thom’s personal mentor and his predominant spiritual and educational influence over the next two decades. 

Thom frequently teaches heads of state, business leaders and Nobel Laureates by private instruction. Please contact us to inquire about exclusive appointments.

 

 

Thom Knoles

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Vedic Meditation in Manhattan

august 13th and 14th

***COURSE CANCELLED***

Charlie had to cancel this course due to unexpected changes in his Bali travel plans.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

All fees have been refunded.

Tribeca. Address given on registration.

Class 1 Personal Mantra instruction (90min)

August 13th 2016 at 10:00 AM

Class 2 Refining your Meditation (90min)

August 13th 2016 at 1:00 PM

Class 3 Meditation and the body (90min)

August 14th 2016 at 10:00 AM

Class 4 Meditation and consciousness (90min)

August 14th 2016 at 1:00 PM


Course Fees

4 Session course in Vedic Meditation

Standard fee: $500

Student fee:  $275 (ID required)

Active duty military and Veterans, Police, and Fire Department: $275 (evidence of current status required)

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who are economically disadvantaged.  To apply for the scholarship please click here

Private Course in Vedic Meditation

Schedule a course to fit your schedule and invite up to 10 of your friends and family.  This course is designed for individuals who are busy or desire a more personal experience.

Standard- $5000 (You come to Charlie for private instruction.)

Standard On Location- $6000 (Charlie comes to you, within the city he is teaching, for private instruction.)

Maximum convenience- $8000 +travel expenses (Charlie travels to you anywhere in the world.)

Maximum impact- $4000/day (teaching as many sessions per day with as many students as you like, 4 day minimum, Charlie travels to your location)

 

Vedic Meditation 

Vedic Meditation is derived from the Veda, the 5,000 year old body of wisdom and source of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.

During meditation, one experiences inner wakefulness beyond thought. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment. The restfulness accompanying meditation is considerably deeper than that gained by sleeping. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual.

The integration of bliss consciousness and deeper levels of rest with one’s dynamic daily activity allows the meditator to becomes less stressed, more creative, more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life.

The course in Vedic Meditation consists of four consecutive classes. For best results you should attend all four classes.

Free introductory talk to Vedic meditation 

Come for a fun and easy talk about Vedic Meditation. Charlie Knoles will answer any questions you have about the technique and how it works and explain how you can easily learn the technique. This talk is open to anyone and is free. There will be no pressure to sign up or any other weird stuff. Just come along for a casual and informative chat about meditation and if it feels good to you then jump in. If it's not for you then no worries. 

Reading List


Great books related to meditation

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Reading List


Great books related to meditation

Book of the month: The PlantPower way

Charlie's Review 

Remember that movie "The Incredibles" where every family member was a superhero? I think Rich and Julie's family might be one of those. How else do you explain it when a family's collective achievements can include setting records at multiple iron-mans and ultra-marathons, touring the world with their awesome family band, creating two top-downloaded podcasts, and writing multiple best-selling books? They live in the most picturesque ultra-chic house in Malibu and it would seem that meat and dairy are their kryptonite. The only problem with this theory is that when you hear their backstory you find out that they are ordinary human beings just like the rest of us. It makes you wish that there was a book that told you all the how-tos of becoming like them. Well wish no more for this is that book. 5 starfruits.

By Rich Roll, Julie Piatt

By Eliot Deutsch, Deutsch

Charlie's review: 

An incredibly concise and information-packed review of the essential essence of Vedantic philosophy. Take some time chewing on all the nuggets of wisdom in this book and it will reward you richly. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the states of consciousness that are accessible through Vedic meditation and the worldview that arises from directly experiencing them.

By Sam Harris

Charlie's review:

Harris is a provocative thinker and I often strongly disagree with things he says. He's a leader of the new-atheist movement and quite anti-spiritual. Imagine my surprise then when he wrote one of the clearest and most evenly balanced books on meditation. I especially love it because people who are turned off by patchouli incense can read this and get why meditation is worthwhile.

By Shanida Nataraja

Charlie's review: 

Science is finally catching up with what ancient traditions have always known: Meditation deeply affects the brain and consciousness in profound and powerful ways that trigger deep healing. Dr Nataraja is a serious scientist as well as a serious meditator and gives a great review of what neuroscientists have discovered about meditation.

By Dan Harris

Charlie's review: 

You may recognize Dan from his work on Good Morning America or as a war corespondent covering Iraq and Afghanistan. In many ways he is the perfect representation of mainstream America. He had a wake up call when he had a panic attack in front of millions on live TV and realized that like most people in America he had unresolved issues with anxiety and stress. This is the story of how he found his way forward through meditation.


By Paul Davies

Charlie's review: 

Get ready for some heavy lifting from both a philosophical and scientific point of view. Professor Davies will hit you with the deepest ideas about why spirituality is written into our consciousness and the universe. No matter what your beliefs are this book will challenge you. It's so worth it though. By the end you will see the universe, consciousness and possibly even god in a grander context.

By Richard Wiseman

Charlie's review:

Why do some people get all the luck? Life is so unfair right? Wrong!! 

Dr Wiseman decided that he would systematically study what makes some people lucky in life and found that it is entirely the result of habits of mind and behavior. Meditation plays a huge role in the process which might explain why I've got it so good.

By Swami Rama

Charlie's review:

A classic book by one of the great Himalayan masters of meditation. It contains very good instruction around the application of mantras and it's also surprisingly well grounded in science. The language is a little dated but if you can read around it you'll find an excellent primer on meditation techniques from the yogic school.

By Light Watkins

Charlie's review:

My super-buddy Light Watkins has written one of the most accessible books on how and when to meditate for total beginners. Experienced meditators can also benefit from his 30-day program. This is the book that I recommend if someone can't make it to one of my classes but wants to start now.


CHARLIE'S REVIEW: 

Everyone justifies their own decisions as though they are perfectly rational all the time. Through careful scientific research Dan Ariely has discovered all the ways that our own minds delude us.t This book will expand and reshape the way you view yourself and all the people around you. This is one of those life-changing reads where you will never again be able to see the world the same way after finishing it. Five stars.

By Yuval Noah Harari

Charlie's Review

This is not a book about meditation but rather an explanation of how human culture has evolved from an ongoing revolution in human cognition that started a million years ago and has yet to be see its end. There are more "Ahah" moments per chapter than any other book I have read. As a meditator it is fascinating to me because it implies a deeper question: What kind of massive changes in culture and society would we experience if we collectively sought a second revolution in consciousness triggered by deep meditation experiences? 

By Diane Musho Hamilton

Charlie's Review

I absolutely hate conflict. If there is a chance that someone is going to involve me in a big emotional drama then my default position is to just give them whatever they want so that the drama will go away. Does this make me a wonderful saintly person? Of course not. It is actually just as bad as taking the opposite approach and demanding that everyone else has to yield to my desires. We make the world a better place by engaging with the world and finding workable solutions that increase our net-good. Intellectually I always kew this but until I read Diane Musho Hamilton's book I had no idea how to actually put these high-minded principles into action. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to live an above-mediocre life.

By Robert M. Sapolsky

Charlie's Review

Robert Sapolsky is one of the leading researchers investigating the effects of stress on our long term health. He is also a very amusing and erudite writer who manages to bring his research to life in a deeply humanistic and engaging fashion. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I reference it constantly in my classes.