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 Bhahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev


About Emily

Emily is a lifelong and devoted student of yoga, the human experience, and the Vedic worldview.  Her training to become a teacher began, in earnest, while living in New York City and studying under world renowned Master of Vedic wisdom, Thom Knoles.  After receiving a personal invitation from Thom, Emily traveled to Rishikesh, India and spent many months training to become a teacher of Vedic Meditation in the same way that Thom was trained by his teacher, the great Sage, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Additionally, Emily received the personal blessing and recognition to teach from Shri Shri 1008 Swami Kailashanand Giri Maharaj, the Supreme authority of the Vedic tradition.  Since completing her training Emily has taught throughout the United States in Connecticut, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area as well as internationally in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Toronto, Canada.  She continues to travel and teach around the world.  

With  humble gratitude she thanks her teacher, Thom Knoles, for encouraging her to be a preceptor of Vedic Meditation; as well as her family, colleagues who are much like family, and all of the students who have made her a teacher.  Emily is regarded for her effortless approach at integrating ancient wisdom into modern life and is inspired by the techniques which have served society for millennia and continue to do so.  Her current offerings include the Learn to Meditate Course, Group Meditation for Current Practitioners, Advanced Techniques for Seasoned Practitioners,  Personal 1:1 Mentoring, and the highly coveted Exploring the Veda Course as taught by Thom Knoles. 

Prior to becoming a teacher of Vedic Meditation, Emily received her B.A. from Elon University in Psychology, an M.A. from Fairfield University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and spent many years working in the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles, California alongside one of Hollywood's most legendary innovators.  Please reach out for additional information, we look forward to welcoming you. 

Emily McCarthy : Vedic Meditation gives back a portion of profits to children in need in Rishikesh, India and surrounding villages through partnership with dear friend and Spiritual leader Mahant Lokesh Das, an effort which began in 2021 when India was hard hit by the pandemic.

Photos by Mathieu Carlot while on retreat in India, January 2020



Step beyond thought to unleash your full potential

Vedic Meditation is a simple, effortless, and natural meditation technique designed for everyone.  Unlike some meditation techniques which are concentrative in nature or designed specifically for Monks, Vedic meditation is designed for what in India is referred to as Householders - or busy people with careers, families, and belongings - where one learns to step beyond the everyday surface layer of thought to access the Being layer. 

In doing so, the body has the opportunity to receive deep rest, thus triggering a cascade response of systematically removing Stress from the physiology while permeating the body and mind with bliss.  In today's society of high demand and Stress overload we all need an additional technique to operate at our most adaptable, optimal, and expansive Self.

If you're curious to learn more about Vedic Meditation, sign-up for a complimentary Introductory talk.  The Introductory Talk is a pre-requisite to learning Vedic Meditation and gives seekers the opportunity to learn a bit more about the technique and the course itself.  Introductory talks are currently being held Online.

The 'Learn to Meditate' course is held in-person over four consecutive days, lasting about 90 minutes each day.  By the end of the course students are self-sufficient meditators with access to a global community and a lifetime of support. 


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Emily teaches Vedic Meditation and was trained to teach this form of meditation by Thom Knoles, who continues to teach Vedic Meditation. Thom was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”), and taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi. Since 1997, Thom has continued to teach meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations. Emily McCarthy is an independent meditation teacher. She is not affiliated in any way with the Maharishi Foundation USA, or with any trademark, program or organization that is affiliated with, or a licensee of, the Maharishi Foundation USA.  Vedic Meditation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition.