Pedram Shojai

"A Sit with the Urban Monk"


“We live in a culture that sucks all the time out of your life wallet." – Pedram Shojai

Dr. Pedram Shojai joins us on DENtalks to share some real advice on slowing down and integrating our practice into the chaotic world around us. A Taoist monk, doctor of Oriental Medicine, founder of, and author of bestselling books The Urban Monk and The Art of Stopping Time, Pedram was faced with the decision between a life of isolation and meditation in the mountains, and one in which he was able to bring his practice back into the plight of modern society. We discuss the challenges of living in such a fast-paced Westernized culture, how to listen when life tells us to pull over before things escalate beyond repair, and how to truly bring your practice into everything from parenting to work to just being stuck in traffic. Stay tuned for Pedram’s Personal Practice, where he shares a special Taoist breathing meditation to tap into your center of light and intuition.

“You anchor your life around your practice, you don’t supplement your life with a practice.” – Pedram Shojai



  • Taoist Breathing Meditation


  1. Daily Practice: I have a 5-move Qigong set every morning, I’ll take a break around lunch for the gym or an infrared sauna, and I practice a candle meditation at night.
  2. Current Obsession: Parenting. It’s powerful medicine.
  3. Helpful Meditation Tip: Give it time. Go to a teacher who lives what they’re teaching.
  4. Life Advice: Be true to your word, starting with yourself.


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.