founder of the Lotus Seed Collection
- Mantra Expert
- Massage Therapist
- Energy & Sound Healer
Listen to Jason speak about Sanskrit mantra meditation in this interview with Emmanuel Dagher:
Miracle Cafe Radio Interview
Jason Adams, MM / RYT / LMT
Jason is passionate about sharing the benefits of meditation and loves encouraging others to develop their own mantra meditation practice. With his extensive background in music performance (Master’s degree), he naturally gravitated towards Nada yoga, the yoga of sound, and chanting mantras.
Jason began his yoga training with the teachings of Paramahamsa Yogananda, and within a few years, was beginning a teacher training at Sri Shambhavananda’s ashram in the Colorado Rockies in 2005. There, he learned a number of classical meditation practices, including pujas (water ritual) and yajñas (fire ceremonies).
A daily meditation practice began, leading to Adams’ study of Namadeva Acharya’s mantra teachings. After a number of years of intense mantra practice, he has gained a deep understanding of Sanskrit sound vibration, and is considered one of the West’s foremost experts of Sanskrit mantra practice.
In early 2015, Adams completed a 3-year Maha Mrityunjaya discipline—chanting the Mrityunjaya mantra 125,000 times with water oblations over the head, oblations for ancestors, and fire ceremonies (yajñas). Following completion of the practice, he began compiling Sanskrit mantras for Mantrapoly, what has already become the largest online collection of Sanskrit mantras in the world.
In addition to his enthusiasm for meditation and mantras, Jason enjoys studying the various Vedic sciences: yoga (including meditation), ayurveda, vastu shastra, and Vedic astrology. Jason guides individuals towards leading meaningful lives by incorporating these ancient practices. He is currently working on creating a pivotal text on the Art of Vedic Living, a guidebook to strengthen body, mind, and spirit.
Jason loves sharing his knowledge and understanding with his clients & followers and is grateful to be impacting so many lives in a positive and transformative way. He is happy and grateful to be supported by two wonderful girls, Andrea, and their dog Leena.
So Let’s Talk Meditation
OK, if you’ve glanced through this website, we’ve talked about the need for meditation and the potential benefits in having a regular meditation practice. So, we get it.
Meditation is good for you.
But the question now at hand: CAN I TEACH IT?
You betcha. Here’s my story:
I’ve been practicing meditation and yoga since 2001 (a low back injury prompted me to try yoga & pilates to strengthen my body & heal my back…it worked, and I got hooked on the meditation side of the yogic equation). I became a certified teacher in 2005, and for the past 10 years I’ve maintained a daily meditation practice.
In 2008-2009, over a roughly 18-mo period of time, I seemed to be unconsciously guided to spend an average of 6-8 hours a day in meditation. I was experiencing a major transition—an awakening—and started feeling light and pressure inside my head, my brain. I felt compelled to keep meditating, like I had to keep doing it.
While I was in meditation during this time, I felt more like myself. I felt connected, in some way that’s difficult to explain. And interacting with other people became really difficult. I was irritable, and I started feeling more emotions that I’m sure had been repressed from years earlier.
There were many emotional highs (the experience of bliss that many meditators discuss) and lows as well. But all of a sudden, something amazing happened. I started feeling like I was meditating ALL THE TIME.
The inner happiness…peace…love… that I often experienced while meditating… well, I permanently flipped the switch ON.
And this is what I enjoy showing others now, who begin on the meditation path. How to turn on that inner peace, that enduring & pervading happiness.
Now, over the last six years, I’ve fine-tuned an ability to teach others how to meditate. Since this “awakening” that I experienced in 2009, I can now feel other people’s energy and chakras. It’s very helpful in allowing me to understand how other people are feeling emotionally, mentally & physically. Which can then dictate the type of meditation I will teach.
So what type of meditation do I teach?
Well, honestly, that depends on the audience. The greatest thing a teacher can do is listen to the student. So I meditate and listen and feel the energy of my students, and that helps determine in which direction our meditation will turn. The art of instruction is in sharing what the student needs to hear, not necessarily what I want or think they should learn from me. And working with a small group or large group works in much the same way. I feel the energy of the room, and by either guided meditations, or perhaps chanting simple mantras, we can move the energy into a deeper space of calm, or sense of being “grounded,” or whichever direction the group needs to move.
I’m a Sanskrit mantra expert (or perhaps afficianado), and these sounds can be used to improve how we feel very quickly, so often my meditations may begin as a guided meditation, and transition into working with a mantra for a few minutes.
Our meditations will likely vary, based on the needs of the group. Breathing exercises, guided visualizations, mantra-based meditations…whatever is needed at the time to help people feel more balanced emotionally, energetically, mentally & physically.