Hello! My name is Jonathan Leaf and I am a Vedic Meditation teacher based in Chicago.

With the happiest dude on Earth, Pandit Baskaran.

With the happiest dude on Earth, Pandit Baskaran.


I also love teaching people how to finally meditate in a way they enjoy. So lucky for both of us that you are here! My favorite part of teaching is after a meditation a student will slowly open their eyes and look at me with the “holy $*%#, I actually meditated” look.

I remember having that experience the first time I learned from my teacher and how awesome it was (and still is!). It was the joy of meditating in a way that I felt, and knew, was authentic and exactly what I was looking for. It was also a relief that I was done trying to meditate and had found something that actually works!

Since then I have been practicing Vedic Meditation daily for over eight years and have traveled the US, Mexico, and India to apprentice with the most respected teachers in this tradition. Now as a teacher I love meditating more than ever, and love sharing my knowledge leading to all those wonderful “holy $*%#” moments!

Register HERE for a live intro talk in Rockford, IL (May 1st)

We are all one! ( artwork by Rosalyn Yoon )

We are all one! (artwork by Rosalyn Yoon)


Why do you need a meditation teacher? Dude, that is the easiest question ever. The answer is a simple law of nature: You cannot give what you do not have.

An app or someone telling you to just focus on your breath have no comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of meditation. If they did they wouldn’t waste your time with an inaccurate and ineffective view on meditation. We’ve all tried it before, you sit uncomfortably, focusing (the antithesis of successful meditation), and wonder how the hell anyone can enjoy this!

As a Vedic Meditation teacher I spent years, energy, and all other resources dedicated to becoming an expert in meditation. I have had almost every imaginable instance occur in meditation and spent years with other students and teachers learning about their experiences. So when someone tells me that their mind is too busy to meditate, I know exactly why that is scientifically inaccurate.

Once again, you cannot give what you do not have.

I have a professional understanding of the actual mechanics of meditating, with years of direct experience that I can give. After a four day course (90 minutes each day) you will be a self sufficient meditator that can meditate anywhere without needing anything but a comfortable place to sit and yourself. Email here to schedule a one on one consult.

Any tool is useful when properly applied ( artwork by Rosalyn Yoon )

Any tool is useful when properly applied (artwork by Rosalyn Yoon)

Vedic Meditation is a premium and time perfected meditation style (dating back 5,000 years) that is practiced twice daily and is based in the chemistry of the body. For example, no one is creating new emotions, we all have the same small pool of feelings. The reason we have any emotion is because there is a chemical sent to our brains that tells us to have that specific emotion. The more often your brain receives a certain chemical, the more the brain seeks that chemical.

That is how a loop of stress begins to take hold and keeps your mind racing while you are trying to sleep, has you reliving simple mistakes over and over, or has you overreacting to mundane stimuli. Vedic Meditation begins, and continues, to break the cycle of stress by allowing you to access a place of rest which introduces a surplus of chemicals associated with happiness and understanding. You begin creating a new cycle of restful nights, and brightside actions while you strengthen your chemical supply of happiness with every meditation!

20 minutes at a time you take out the emotional trash and make room for more love, more understanding, more peace. It is so beautiful!

Email here to set up an intro talk and four day course (90 minutes a day)

Meditating with my homies in Rishikesh during our teacher training

Meditating with my homies in Rishikesh during our teacher training

After you have learned VM you can take my course, or any other Vedic Meditation teachers course, as many times as you like. For example, I attended my teachers course at least 50 times in addition to learning from many other wonderful teachers. As a Vedic Meditator you can attend knowledge meetings and group meditations that are held in any available city. (Facebook groups and links will be shared during the course)

The one time course fee is on a sliding scale based on the student. Not everyone pays the same course fee but everyone receives the same in depth explanation of the technique, full comprehensive course, and all follow up support. It is an investment in yourself that pays you back like you would never imagine! Let’s jam!