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The Essential Guide To Meditation

With Charlie Knoles

Learn meditation and mindfulness from Charlie Knoles, one of the world's leading meditation teachers. Charlie has helped thousands of people learn the practical steps necessary to become the change they wish to see in the world. His clients include teachers, nurses, A-list actors, and Fortune 500 CEOs. This guided meditation course will teach you numerous meditation techniques that will change your life!

Class Videos

Module 1
Meditation Basics

Whether you seek enhanced creativity, a respite from stress and anxiety, emotional and physical healing, or greater spiritual awareness, meditation will help you. However the reason you'll continue to meditate may surprise you. Watch this video to find out the simple truth of why meditation is so transformative and why people who practice it stick with it for life.

There's a lot of information in this course and many videos to watch. These are my instructions for getting the most out of it and making sure you learn properly.

The mind affects the body in profound ways. When our minds are preoccupied with stressful and nonproductive thoughts our bodies get ravaged. Find out how meditation can reverse these effects.

There are a confusing proliferation of meditation techniques from all over the world, each with their own jargon and often contradictory instructions. For example the teachings of Japanese Zen Meditation and Indian Vedic Meditation are sometimes completely opposite to each other.

What would meditation practice look like if we removed all the jargon and mysticism surrounding it and just focused on the simple techniques that bring us to inner peace?

If you think that you can't meditate, you're not alone.

If meditation required a perfectly silent place it would be impossible to meditate because such a place does not exist. Learn how you can meditate in a world filled with noise.

If meditation required a perfectly natural and beautiful setting it would be impossible to meditate because we live most of our lives in cities and buildings. Learn how you can meditate anywhere.

You breath over 23,000 times a day and yet you have much to learn about breathing!

Module 2
Awareness (Open Monitoring)

In Awareness meditation you'll be practicing simple techniqes to shift your state of attention and from there naturally shift into a different state of awareness. You don't need to be some great master with robes and beads to practice awareness meditation. To experience its main benefits you just need to breathe and be aware of it. It's that easy... and also that tricky when your mind starts to wander. 

In awareness meditation we're guided by our breath and this awareness will stimulate emotions and sensations. We'll explore the relationship between breath and emotions and experience the subtle sensations of the body as we let our awareness remain with the breath valuing each breath as the most important thing we have in each moment.

The simplest way to meditate in the morning, with the breath and introduction of an intention for the day... and then return to the present moment: the breath.

The simplest way to meditate in the evening. Letting go of all the stresses of the day utilizing the awareness of the breath.

Anxiety is caused by the awareness coming away from the present moment. Learn to bring the mind back to the present moment and let go of anxious thoughts.

Does your mind keep you awake at night? This simple method can help you drift effortlessly off to sleep.

Awareness Meditation can be practiced anywhere. After you've had a few sessions sitting at home you can begin introducing your practice to your daily travel and become a mindful commuter.

Despite all our advances in scientific medicine there are still many aspects of healing that only the mind can provide. This session is an introduction to this process.

Learn how to turn a long flight into a perfect opportunity for deep relaxation. By applying the principles of Awareness meditation, you can even turn the uncomfortable aspects of travel into a tool to further your inner peace.

Traveling provides a break in routine. For some this will create a window for getting deeper into meditation and for others it will disrupt their practice. Learn how your attitude to travel will determine which camp you fall into.

Awareness meditation brings your mind into the present moment and offers a sanctuary from disturbing thoughts from past traumas. This simple technique has proven effective for survivors of abuse, illness, disasters and war. It is equally effective for people who are overcoming smaller traumas.

Module 3
Focused Concentration

In this module we're going to practice keeping the mind in a state of relaxed focus. Creative Visualization techniques improve your focus so you can get a clear view of what you want in life. Meditation helps you to manifest change within yourself, changing the nature of every interaction with other people and your environment.

To cultivate a healthy relationship you need to create a deep sense of fulfillment within yourself.

The seeds of abundance are all around us at all times.

Here we learn to reorient in a state of acceptance within ourselves.

All forms of meditation help you lose weight as a result of less stress and consequently better decision making. Let's take it a step further. By attaining a state of relaxed focus and visualizing a state of inner fulfillment you can make decisions that increase your happiness and promote health and ideal weight.  

Learn to live a life of significance and bring your light to the world. Use this relaxed focus meditation to attain a greater state of inner awareness and bring your best to the world. Learn how to better yourself within your career or create new opportunities that were previously unseen.

This relaxed focus meditation, increases love, bliss and happiness within ourselves and radiating out into the environment. This is my favorite visualization to use whenever I need to tap into my inner sense of love and power.

Module 4
Self-Discovery & Transcending

This self discovery phase of meditation is based on the Vedic tradition of India. Here we will use special sounds often referred as mantras to effortlessly settle the mind to quieter and quieter levels.

Stress isn't necessarily good or bad. It is the body's response to overwhelming stimuli. Things aren't stressful, yet they can trigger your stress response. In this meditation we learn to systematically turn off the stress response.

In this meditation we will learn about mantras and how to use them to lead you through different states of consciousness.

Here we will learn about some of the difficulties that people encounter when they meditate and how to avoid or overcome them.

In this video we learn about the benefits of deep meditation and the effects on the mind and body.

Module 5
Energy (Physical & Breath)

Creating a quiet state -- poised and ready for action.

Every breath triggers the nervous system in a particular way. Learn how to stimulate deeper relaxation by emphasizing particular ways of breathing.

Learn about pranayama and chi breathing. What they are. How to practice them and what they're good for. These simple techniques can be practiced anywhere to quickly take you to a deep level of relaxation and awareness.

Building on the slow breathing technique pranayama this energetic breathing technique is great for stimulating creativity.

In this video we learn breathing techniques that exciting and integrate the whole brain. They allow the mind to experience awe and wonder to access and harness true creative power.

To have courage and face your fears you must have a powerful heart. In this video we learn to place our awareness on the heart as we use various techniques to enhance courage.

Learn to integrate the techniques you've learned.

Module 6
Integration

You know the techniques; now learn how to make them a regular part of your life so you can more fully enjoy your life. 

This video teaches you some ways to to talk to friends and family about meditation and how to do meditate if you've got kids. 

We've experienced four phases of the mind; four distinct meditation practices. The are each self-sufficient in bringing a deeper state of calm and greater awareness. Take time deeply experience these practices. Establish them within yourself. Once established this video teaches you how to integrate all the phases for a complete practice.

Charlie is a very knowledgeable meditation teacher. Vedic meditation has given me the ability to center myself and relax in a particular moment as well as made me adaptable and flexible outside of meditation in this crazy entertainment industry.

- Jordana Brewster, ACTRESS


Charlie helps me to be in harmony with my relationships with people, my community, my children and my significant other. I feel open artistically and creatively so that I am able to create music as purely as it flows from me. This meditation is the ultimate gift.

- Doyle Bramhall II, MUSICIAN


Over the past 20 years I have struggled with implementing meditation into my life. Until I met Charlie two years ago. He made it so much fun to learn the practice and he also was able to teach me how to stick with it.

- Manon von Gerkan, MODEL & DESIGNER


I met Charlie through mutual friends and was so impressed by his grace and easeful presence, I thought there must be more to it! Of course he turned out to be someone who is replenished daily by a dedicated meditation practice -- and he wears it well in how he interacts with others. Charlie is a fantastic teacher -- he has very easy going teaching style but it always felt intellectually satisfying; learning to meditate with Charlie was a such gift!

- Maggie Grace, ACTRESS

About the Instructor

Charlie Knoles
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Charlie Knoles is a Vedic Meditation teacher and the director of The Veda Center. He was taught Vedic Meditation at age 4 by his father, Maharishi Vyasananda Thom Knoles. Following in his father’s footsteps, Charlie‘s has devoted his life to innovative teaching. He studied at the Australian institute of Music,…

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Testimonials

Charlie is a very knowledgeable meditation teacher. Vedic meditation has given me the ability to center myself and relax in a particular moment as well as made me adaptable and flexible outside of meditation in this crazy entertainment industry.

- Jordana Brewster, ACTRESS


Charlie helps me to be in harmony with my relationships with people, my community, my children and my significant other. I feel open artistically and creatively so that I am able to create music as purely as it flows from me. This meditation is the ultimate gift.

- Doyle Bramhall II, MUSICIAN


Over the past 20 years I have struggled with implementing meditation into my life. Until I met Charlie two years ago. He made it so much fun to learn the practice and he also was able to teach me how to stick with it.

- Manon von Gerkan, MODEL & DESIGNER


I met Charlie through mutual friends and was so impressed by his grace and easeful presence, I thought there must be more to it! Of course he turned out to be someone who is replenished daily by a dedicated meditation practice -- and he wears it well in how he interacts with others. Charlie is a fantastic teacher -- he has very easy going teaching style but it always felt intellectually satisfying; learning to meditate with Charlie was a such gift!

- Maggie Grace, ACTRESS


What You Get

  • Discussion boards to interact with the instructor and other students
  • Closed captions (English only)