Who is Théo Burkhardt?
Théo is a full time meditation teacher living in Los Angeles with one foot in New York City. Théo come from a story-telling background of many disciplines including film, copywriting and branding, editing, acting, and screenwriting.
For the past 12 years Théo has been studying an array of Indian philosophies, including meditation and the Vedas with pre-eminent master of Vedic knowledge, Maharishi Vyasananda (Thom Knoles). For twenty years, Thom was the beloved protégé of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the great sage and guru responsible for bringing meditation to the West in the 1960’s).
Théo’s path from actor to copy-writer to brand guru sharpened his insight on the psychology of desires and what truly makes people happy. It wasn’t a far leap to switch to the ancient scriptures of the Veda and the mechanics of meditation and transcendence. He began meditating in earnest in 2008 and in 2012 graduated a rigorous and prestigious residential teacher training program in Bali for Vedic Meditation.
Théo is currently teaching new students in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and San Francisco.
Why I became a teacher.
My life before meditation was a frustrating drama of underachievement. And then I got Lyme Disease.
During my illness I was taught a simple meditation technique that I hoped would improve my health and boost my immune system. I was told to sit still and if thoughts came to gently push them away. The result? Anxiety, boredom, frustration, and the looming specter of failure. I couldn't stop thinking. The more I tried not to think the more I would think. I felt like failure and worried I didn't have what it takes to do the simplest thing like meditation. I tried this for three years and then quit.
I was convinced meditation was difficult (or that I was missing the gene or the DNA to meditate) and that all the yogis in rishis and swamis in the Himalayas were charlatans. I became suspicious, skeptical, and cynical of meditation. But then I met my teacher, an expert who imparted this knowledge to me verbally. I never looked back. The mantra did all the work and I realized that anyone (including poster boys for ADD like me) could learn meditation easily. Everything improved for me. My health improved, I became happier, more aware, I slept better, and felt better. Access to a qualified, knowledgable teacher made all the difference.
I became one so that others don't have to struggle when their eyes are closed.