Why did you begin practising meditation?
I found myself having an intimate relationship with stress and anxiety and was feeling overwhelmed by life! Meditation kept coming up on my radar as a tool to alleviate these symptoms, so I began to delve deeper and I’m so grateful I did!
What is Vedic Meditation?
It is an ancient transcending technique developed in India which pre-dates all other forms of meditation. However it remains hugely relevant today given the immense benefits it delivers and the ease with which it can be squeezed into our busy schedules!
How is Vedic Meditation different to Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of training the mind to come back to the present moment, often using the breath or an activity. Vedic meditation is the practice of effortlessly thinking a mantra (a charming sound) which acts as a vehicle for the mind to transcend beyond thinking altogether. This process liberates rather than trains the mind, allowing it to settle into profound silence at times. The physical body then follows into deep states of rest and is able to let go of it’s deepest stresses. Both techniques compliment each other, however one of the benefits of vedic meditation is in fact mindfulness! Because when we rid our body of the vast majority of it’s stresses, we become naturally more able to enjoy the present moment.
Why should we make time for meditation?
Because it eliminates stress and fatigue. These are the thieves in the night robbing us of our better selves which reside beneath an ever repeating stress response. Meditation moves us into rest mode, which is where our sophisticated bodies can get busy healing themselves! Meditation brings the mind and body back to homeostasis, where it can function optimally and we can enjoy a more creative, compassionate and happy state.
Why did you choose Bali to hold this retreat?
The natural beauty and spiritual energy of Bali makes it an ideal destination for immersing ourselves in learning meditation. While listening to the sounds of the jungle around us we can give our full attention to resting deeply, which is a lovely way to begin the healing process from the inside-out.
And what can we expect from this retreat?
You will enjoy all the delightful pampering experiences of a Oneworld Retreat AND come away with a powerful meditation tool to apply in your daily life back home. I like to keep meditation real and relevant to our modern lives and equip people with a practical skill, because when we return home to the frenetic pace of life, that is where we need meditation the most!
What makes you a qualified teacher for vedic meditation?
I trained as a vedic meditation teacher in Sydney for 12 months. I then travelled to India in 2015 to graduate in Rishikesh, the sacred and spiritual place from where this meditation practice originates.
What’s the difference between vedic meditation and transcendental meditation?
Vedic meditation is the same technique as transcendental meditation and the way it is taught remains largely the same, however vedic meditation teachers are independent of the TM organisation and have formed an alliance around the world to deliver this technique with ongoing support to our students after completion of the course.
Jo will be leading the Discover Vedic Meditation retreat, 7 – 13 April 2019 and 29 September – 5 October 2019
Jo teaches Vedic Meditation to mums, dads, creatives, corporates, athletes, kids – anyone seeking more calm, clarity, energy and wellness in their lives.
Before becoming a meditation teacher Jo worked in rehabilitation managing people with physical injuries, anxiety and depression. She then switched to the role of mum, and began to enjoy all that motherhood had to offer, although it was not as straightforward as she had anticipated! At times she found herself navigating the world feeling exhausted, irritable, indecisive, anxious, impatient and frustrated. With meditation increasingly recognized as a tool for greater wellbeing, she decided to give it a try. Within weeks of practicing Jo was noticing a shift. Read more…