"Light Watkins’s approach to meditation is both simple and profound.”

— Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Light has been prominently featured in:


"Meditation became the quietude that rocked my world.”

— Meghan Markle

Light teaches Vedic Meditation over four consecutive 90-minute sessions. During the training, you will receive a personalized mantra and instructions for meditating with success. We offer private and corporate courses, and retreats. See more about Light.

How it works

Step 1: Register for an in-person "Intro to Meditation" in your area

Step 2: After the Intro Session, you may enroll in the comprehensive training

Step 3: Begin receiving free ongoing support  


Upcoming Trainings & Events


Our core beliefs

  • Provide all with comprehensive instruction and ongoing support

  • Make sure everyone is self-sufficient by the end of the course

  • Encourage community and group meditations


This meditation training is for you if you are looking to:

  • Get more structure in your practice

  • Receive ongoing support

  • Join a community of other meditators

  • Improve your current practice

  • Enjoy meditating each day

  • Receive live instruction from an expert

  • Learn how to meditate from scratch

  • Receive 1-on-1 personalized instruction

  • Become a self-sufficient meditator

  • Pay only once for a lifetime of classes

What this is not

  • Another hard-to-do form of meditating

  • Guided meditation

  • A meditation app

  • A drop-in one-off class

  • Digitalized instruction

  • A silent meditation retreat

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What Light's students are saying

"Some of my friends took Light's course and recommended him highly. However, even their glowing recommendations could not prepare me for how amazing this experience was for me. I'm hooked!"

— Maria, Chicago

"I was very depressed, had sleep issues, sadness, and a feeling of worthlessness. My doctor put me on antidepressants for 9 months. I also saw a Therapist and she used EMDR therapy. She also suggested meditation. I then went to Light and took his course in July of 2011 in Chicago. I can proudly now tell you I am off of all meds, I no longer see the Therapist, and I am still meditating. All I can say is thank you to God or what ever force sent me to see Light. I can see myself doing this the rest of my life."

— Jeff, Chicago

"I have been meditating for a year now, and I am the happiest I have ever been. My stress levels have dropped tremendously and I don't suffer from social anxiety as much."

— Christine, Los Angeles

"I was debating on whether to learn the practice and de-prioritize a lot of what was on my schedule or plan to do it during a better time for me. I am SO glad I decided to just go ahead and do it, even though it wasn't exactly convenient. Now, I am much more relaxed and clear on my goals and priorities, and I attribute this to my regular meditation practice."

— Sarah, Chicago

"It's been two years since I learned meditation with Light, and I can do things now that I couldn't do ten years ago. I'm stronger in many ways and freer mentally and emotionally."

— Cliff, New York

"I'm someone who has tried numerous methods of meditation - books, articles, used brain entrainment CDs and none of them resulted in a practice that I felt had an impact. Light's course offers a really important element that was missing in the other methods I've tried - guidance. I've suffered from insomnia and after a few weeks I noticed a positive shift in my sleeping."

— Jenny, Chicago

"I decided to try meditation when I contracted tinnitus in 2009. I am happy to report that with Light Watkins' help, my ear ringing has significantly diminished, and meditation has allowed me to have peaceful and uninterrupted sleep."

— Paula, Los Angeles

Commonly-experienced benefits of meditation:

  • Decreased anxiety and depression

  • Improved memory

  • Decreased biological aging

  • Improved sexual performance

  • Better sleep

  • Increased happiness

  • Improved focus and productivity

  • Pain relief

Debunking the Five Most Common Meditation Myths

A TEDx Talk with Light Watkins


Part of the confusion surrounding meditation lies in the slew of misconceptions, such as the notion that your thoughts are the enemy, or that there is no correct way to meditate.

In this TEDx talk, Light sheds light on what he's discovered are the five most common meditation myths that can cause a well-meaning meditation practitioner to discard their daily practice, or worse, to feel that they are incapable of meditating.

Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to anything, but there are best practices that can apply to all activities, meditation included.

If you’re having a hard time with meditation, or find it confusing, watch this talk and get some insight into the misconceptions that may be blocking you from experiencing the full benefits of this very simple practice.


Already learned? 


After you graduate from the Vedic Meditation training, you can repeat it as many times as you'd like with any teacher in the worldwide Vedic network at no additional cost. Click below to see the calendar along with more support resources.


"Light saved my life! Take it from a nebbishy neurotic anxious manic depressive comedian who used to hyperventilate his way through life - meditation saved me, and Light taught me the way!"

Eric Andre

"Since Light reframed what meditation was for me, I am able to practice more effectively than ever before. I get to enjoy the journey of meditation, free of the frustrations I used to be confronted by."

Osher Günsberg
Host, Australian Idol

"Light's training was game-changer. Becoming a daily meditator not only improved my sleep, but it has completely changed the way I operate as a human being. I highly recommend it."

Paul Wesley
Actor, The Vampire Diaries

For more information, email info@beginmeditating.com