Thom spent more than 25 years training directly under his guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; he is in his fifth decade of initiating, with tens of thousands of initiates. He has conducted numerous Initiator Training courses, using the exact methods in which Maharishi trained him. He is a celebrated authority on the ancient body of wisdom known as Veda. In India, Thom is honoured with the name Maharishi Vyasanand Saraswati. Shankaracharya is the title given to India’s foremost distinguished Vedic master; Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s master, “Guru Deva” was Shankaracharya. The direct successor as Shankaracharya in Guru Deva’s lineage is the preeminent master, Swami Kailashanand Brahmachari, with whom Thom enjoys a deep and close alliance; Shankaracharya meets and ordains each group of Thom’s Initiator Training graduates. Visit www.thomknoles.com
Limor worked as a director of Macquarie Bank and later as a property developer before becoming a meditation teacher based in Sydney. She managed Thom’s international tours and courses before training with him to become an Initiator in 2005. Since that time, Limor has been involved in conducting five Initiator Training Courses. She teaches full-time at her purpose-built meditation centre in Double Bay.
Christian served as a technical consultant to several Wall Street firms throughout the 1990s while also nurturing a successful music career. He was taught Vedic Meditation by Thom Knoles, and in 2007 began teaching within eighteen months of learning the practice. Christian helped conduct Initiator Training in 2014, 2016 & 2017. A father of two, he teaches full time in Venice, CA.
Lauren worked as a Manager of an International Development organization in London when she first learnt to meditate in 2007. She trained to become an Initiator in 2014. Since then Lauren helped conduct Initiator Training in 2017, assisted with Initiator Training in 2016 and manages Thom’s Sydney advanced retreats and courses. Lauren resides in Auckland and teaches full-time in both Australia and New Zealand.