Learn to Meditate
Hi, I'm Emily. I practice and teach a style of meditation known as Vedic Meditation. Vedic Meditation is an effortless mental technique, derived from the 5,000 year old body of knowledge, the Veda. This technique was designed for householders - meaning, you and me. Essentially, this style of meditation is for all of us and allows for fully-awake restful consciousness and many physiological benefits.
I was born and raised in the US in the quintessential town of Westport, CT. I always had an affinity toward helping others as well as a curiosity for the world beyond Connecticut. At seventeen I moved to North Carolina where I studied psychology and earned my bachelors degree from Elon University and at twenty-three had received a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology from Fairfield University. With both degrees in my pocket and big dreams I left for Southern California. I had my first taste of entrepreneurship working alongside and assisting one of Hollywood's legendary manager's. During these days I learned that both work and life could merge as one, yet something was missing - a connection to Self. I returned to the east coast and set up roots in New York City, to be closer to family. Ironically, in the fast paced city what was revealed to me was an inner stillness, that sense of self which is always with us, no matter where we move our feet. This way of being revolutionized my life. Years of insecurities, self doubt, and layers of stress began to drop away and in their place - fearlessness, innovation, bliss. This wasn't done on my own but through the mentorship of my teacher, Thom Knoles, and a simple effortless practice, Vedic Meditation.
I continued to study Vedic Meditation over the next two years in New York City. During this time, Thom, who is the pre-eminent master-teacher of Vedic Meditation, suggested that I too become a teacher. I welcomed the opportunity and went on to receive my training in the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. Over a 3 month period I was trained in exactly the same way Thom was trained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the great sage who was responsible for bringing meditation to the west during the late 1950's). Additionally, I received the personal blessing and recognition to teach from His Holiness, Shri Shri 1008 Swami Kailashanand Brahmachari Maharaj, who is the Mahamandaleshwar (King of the Yogis).
Since completing my training in April of 2018, I have taught throughout the U.S. in Connecticut, New York City and San Francisco, as well as internationally in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the lovely Toronto, Canada.
Please contact me for information on where I'm currently teaching and how to get started.
"You deserve the best.
Never feel unworthy or
not justified in having the best.
I tell you, this is your heritage;
but, you have to accept it.
You have to expect it;
you have to claim it.
To do so is not demanding too much."
Swami Brahmananda Saraswati,
Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math
I travel and teach all around the world.