Light's Press Mentions


Buzzworthy | Generation Sober: How Millennials Trade Booze For Mindfulness

From a very young age, millennials have earned a reputation for being the most coddled generation in American history. So as they hit their twenties, it was fair to assume a generation raised by over-attentive helicopter parents would become the biggest group of party animals since the Roman Empire. But, in reality, the opposite has happened. Last year, a study found that millennials have less sexual partners than both the older Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Now, if that wasn’t enough, a growing sobriety movement among twenty-somethings has older generations really scratching their heads.  View article

TEDx | Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths

There is a certain mythology that seems to have attached itself to the practice of mediation. There are also a few myths that keep people from enjoying this ancient and life-enhancing daily ritual. Watkins will debunk the 5 most common myths and show you how you can benefit from very simple mediation in just 10 minutes a day.  View the talk

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Forbes | How Does She Do It

Dr. Passler is my longtime nutritionist (and life coach!) and I'm addicted to him and his Pure Change products ( TM meditation--Light Watkins is my teacher and he's incredible. Sakara Life Beauty Water -- super hydrating and amazing for your skin. I drink a ton of water and always carry a bottle around with me to stay hydrated.  View article

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The Telegraph | Is it time you stopped drinking and joined the 'soberocracy'?

On Thursday, a hot new happening will hit the nation’s capital, called The Shine. Fresh from LA, the cultish-sounding “volunteer-produced inspirational variety show” will feature music, bands, film, meditation, “magical connections” and sundry other forms of “enlightertainment”. What distinguishes this pop-up event from other La-La Land emissions is that its participants – sorry, “mindful tastemakers”… – will create an “alcohol-free vibe”: drunk on consciousness, while being stone cold sober.  View article


Superhuman Entrepreneur | 7 Benefits of Meditation Every Entrepreneur Needs with Light Watkins

Today’s guest moved from New York to Los Angeles at the age of 29, Light wasn’t sure where life was heading so he got involved in a few yoga classes, started a few things with some friends and immersed himself into what LA had to offer with so many different belief systems within it.  Listen to the podcast


The Wall Street Journal | ‘Rebranding’ Meditation for Millennials

In 16 city parks throughout the five boroughs this summer, SummerStage will present an eclectic slate of programming that ranges from show tunes and opera to funk, reggae and Yiddish soul. But for the first time in its 30-year history, this season organizers are including a sonic experience possibly more rare in New York City than any other: silence. View Article


The New York Times | Happy Hour Without the Booze

Founded by Mr. Watkins, the bimonthly after-work party began in Venice Beach, Calif., where it quickly grew to 200 attendees from 12. On this night, for about the price of a glass of nebbiolo at the NoMad, 90 New Yorkers were submitting to an evening of meditation, “enlightertainment” (including live music and film) and vegan food. “Though meat is an option,” Mr. Watkins said. “We want to be normal.”  View article


The Bharani Effect | When I first moved to L.A., three different and unrelated people told me they were practicing meditation with Light Watkins. Who was this man inspiring so many on the westside to meditate? I then started hearing about an event called The Shine and upon further investigation it appeared that Light was behind that too! All the roads were leading to Light and we are so glad that after just over a year of being in Los Angeles now we finally got to meet and have a chat about meditation and creating conscious change within our communities. Thanks so much Light!  View article


Living Wholly | How are you serving the world and contributing your gifts? I help people find happiness inside where it truly resides and I do that through meditation and inner practices, inspiration through the Shine, writing, etc. 

What was the pivotal experience that led you to practicing and teaching meditation? Meeting my teacher. I was inspired by the fact that he embodied the happiness that I was seeking. View article


Rich Roll Podcast | Many self-help gurus present happiness as a choice. The idea that happiness can be produced whenever we want, irrespective of circumstance. Simply learn to flick a certain mental switch and voila! It’s an intoxicating idea. But is this axiom actually true? Friend, teacher and expert on mindfulness and meditation, Light proffers some interesting and perhaps somewhat controversial counterpoint perspectives on a question that deeply concerns all of us: how to best cultivate happiness? Listen to the podcast


The Observer | Celeb Guru Light Watkins Aspires to Sell Meditation to the Masses

Meditation has replaced yoga as the latest wellness fad, but many practitioners—and their teachers—need a crash course in how to do it right, one meditation expert professes.

In Light Watkins’ yet-untitled how-to manuscript to be published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, this fall, the longtime meditation teacher in Los Angeles admits that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the ancient practice, there’s a lot more to it than just showing up with a cushion, sitting down and closing your eyes.  View article


Visionary Lifestyle Podcast | Today’s guest is Vedic Meditation teacher Light Watkins. Light has been been operating in the meditation space for over 15 years. He’s based in Santa Monica, CA, and travels the world teaching everyone from bankers, artists, and politicians, to CEOs, caretakers, and comedians how to meditate in a self-sufficient way. He’s also an author and currently working on a series of books called The Inner Gym book series, the first of which is available now, under that title. Listen to the podcast


Untame Yourself Podcast | Light Watkins is a former fashion model turned meditation teacher. He was raised in the South, has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and has traveled extensively. He brings a ton of perspective from a wealth of experience, in a super calm, direct, and grounded way. Relax and enjoy this interview, wild ones. We talked about different forms of meditation and which ones work best for which people. Light walked me through some really interesting scientific facts about meditation (don’t worry – we didn’t get too technical!), and what the four catalysts for distress are. We got into boredom, connection, and happiness. Listen to the podcast