Ancient Framework for a Happier Modern Life

Better Health. Vitality. Focus. Balance. Peace.

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If you're low on energy, fuzzy about your direction, and tired of the chaos, you're in the right place at the right time. I can help you.

I teach a realistic approach that uses timeless wisdom to help you…

  • Live in the moment by mastering time ...
  • Experience a calm mind and access inner peace ...
  • Achieve focus, clarity, direction and a life’s purpose ...
  • ​Organize your priorities and optimize the “outflow” of energy ...
  • ​​Step into your personal power and have the energy you need to live the life of your dreams ...

It’s the ‘little things’ that keeping stacking up in life, isn’t it?

  • You feel gnawing guilt because you missed that workout at the gym again...
  • You regret not spending enough time with your kids, spouse or parents ...
  • You leave for vacation and come back feeling even more drained than before you left...

Then there’s that constant, relentless hum of anxiety. Always there in the background of your life. Now the world is also upside down. Politics are crazy and it seems like things are slipping into chaos.

Can you feel it?

And before you know it…

You’re a tightly wound ball of stress — feeling overwhelmed, run down and stuck in a rut...

Does that sound familiar? Look... You’re not alone.

What you’re experiencing are symptoms of our ‘always on,’ yet oddly disconnected modern culture.

These days, we have more commitments, more demands and more ‘friends’ than ever before. And it’s leaving us stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed. You’re being pulled in so many different directions, sometimes it feels like you’re going to… SNAP!

If you’ve already been trying to make changes and not seeing results, you’re not alone. Have you tried to stick to a better diet and failed? Have you committed to exercise routines and not seen them through? Are you distracted by your phone and foggy in the head? This is all a symptom of an “operating system” that’s not working for you.

So what’s the answer?

Ancient practices from the East coupled with a sensible approach I’ve taught my busy Los Angeles patients for years.

It took me a few years to “translate” what I learned as a monk into a useful framework for stressed out busy people but I nailed it.

How can you attain peace in a way that doesn’t screw up your schedule, your commitments and your life?

Even better, how can you practice these skills in a way that ENHANCES your life?

How can you get past your pain and trauma and actually thrive?

I realized that you’re not going to shave your head and go live in silence in a mountaintop monastery. So I had to bring that training down to you.


You've got bills to pay, dogs to feed and children to raise!

I'm here to tell you that...

There’s another way. A better way.

  • A way for you to not just survive, but thrivein this new “age of overwhelm.” Our current reality of smartphones, always-on communication, social media, daily stress, demanding families, work commitments, relationships, and the sheer anxiety of keeping up in a fast-changing world.
  • A way for you to finally breathe deep, relax, feeling calm, nourished and gain clarity on who you are, what you want and where you want to go.
  • A way to effortlessly integrate the powerful teachings of my spiritual teachers into modern life.

I call it… the way of the Urban Monk.


Who is the URBAN MONK?

My name is Pedram Shojai.

After studying biology at UCLA, I experienced a series of profound mystical coincidences that drew me to Eastern esoteric arts. I became a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

I’ve studied and practiced Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, meditation and medicine diligently for the past 20 years. All the while traveling the world, meeting inspiring people who are making a difference in their communities. I was a Taoist Monk for four of those years.

You see, my passion is to bring the ancient wisdom of the East down to earth for regular people like you, here in our towns and cities.

Because what I’ve realized over the years is there has been a terrible misunderstanding in the West…

...and countless millions are needlessly suffering because of it.

Many of the trendy Eastern practices have come from ascetic lineages. What does that mean? It means the people who practice them successfully have chosen a life of abstinence. Of giving up money, or sex, or family as well as other worldly pursuits in search of a deeper spiritual connection.

Now, ask yourself this. Be honest.

Does that sound like you?

Are you really ready to give up the good things in life and run for the hills? What about your family and loved ones? Of course not...

Like I said, most of us feel guilty about missing yoga class. So how can we possibly expect to renounce the world when we have to deal with mortgages, leases, tuition and gas-guzzling cars?

Not. Going. To. Happen.

And that’s why I’ve spent the last 20 years weaving together a solution…

Proven effective practices drawn from ancient eastern wisdom…

Once I got rid of all the flowery language, I took the best practices that had helped me and taught them to my patients. It worked! And what I found was… by making small changes, tiny little tweaks, and by performing simple practices each and every day... a profound transformation occurs.

Whatever it is you may want or need... be it more money, greater peace, less stress or more joy... I believe you can have it all when you get really clear on your “Life Garden” and stop watering the weeds in your life.

In other words?

Knowledge only gets you so far… The key is to simplify and put that knowledge to work for you.

Here’s the core issue:

Most people use mind-body practices as bandaids like pain killers- they mask the real issues which keep coming back up. Throwing yoga, meditation, massage, or herbs like darts at life’s problems IS NOT WORKING and you know it. This is a primitive approach that is destined to fail. It is evidenced by the world we see around us.

So what is the solution? Developing a new “operating system” for the crazy world all around us. Toxic exposure, smog, traffic, an uncertain future, and a shifting power struggle on the world stage are all causing a different kind of stress than our ancestors had before.

The world is different yet we keep trying to use old strategies to make things ok. It doesn’t work. It’s like clicking on the “meditation” icon on your computer when you’re stressed out to feel better, only to close it and return to 23 open windows and tabs…all that stress remains right there.

So let’s talk about setting mindfulness, self care, and personal development as the center of your being…your core operating system. From there, you are more resilient, adaptive, and capable of handling what life throws at you. That’s the Way of The Urban Monk.

Right now, I’d like to share how I can help you make that happen.

I’ve created a program where each day you can learn, integrate and implement new practices into your daily life. I’ll be right there with you each day, guiding you along to better health, greater peace, more energy and improved clarity on what you want out of life.

This is your opportunity to join me and thousands of other men and women, all committed to improving, enhancing and upgrading their lives by enrolling in…

Introducing Time Mastery


A "Life Mastery" implementation program to greater happiness, peace, abundance, health and joy...

Each week you’ll be given an audio lesson and transcript detailing a key part of The Urban Monk process. Plus you’ll sometimes be given a little homework because, in the end, it is you working on your life. That’s where the difference is made. I’m here to empower you to make the right changes and come to your power.

Once you understand the process, you’re empowered to keep making positive changes in your life and you keep going. That’s why I offer ongoing support.

And then you’ll be invited to start a “gong.”

What’s a gong?

It’s a period of time dedicated to a specific task each day. You get gong examples for each facet of The Urban Monk process. Many of them are healthy swaps for something you’re already doing that isn’t serving you.

By completing each daily item, you’ll find more personal power, clarity, and drive. There’s nothing like making progress and seeing the positive effects in your life! My students have been doing Gongs for years and this program has been helpful in supporting them all along.

That means better health, more wealth, greater joy, clarity and contentment…


Did you know it takes around 90 days to create a new habit? That’s the reason I’ve made each gong last 100 days.

That’s 100 days of working on yourself and seeing the positive impact.

There’s nothing more liberating.

Each day will be a practice you pick for yourself. It is your gong and I’m just here to support your growth. You’ll start to feel better and have more energy and enthusiasm to roll forward over time. This is great news because it becomes your win and nobody can take that from you.

The Science of Mindfulness is Solid

We know it can:

  • - Lower Your Blood Pressure
  • - ​Boost Your Immunity
  • - ​Lower Anxiety
  • - ​Enhance Brain Function
  • - ​Improve Your Focus

We also know from multiple studies that the mind-body practices I teach can decrease inflammation which is the mother of all disease.

“Fall seven times, rise eight. Life begins now."

You’ll find habit-forming practices in each of the core modules, delivered weekly… plus you’ll get advanced insights and even more revelations about how to get unstuck in your life. You need a clear vision to step and breathe into.

Let me break down the Core Modules for you:


In Urban Monk Basics you’ll learn how to manage your time and energy, getting crystal clear on your goals. At the same time you’ll uncover the “why” of what you want in life and discover the direct connection between time and energy (and how to get more of both)…


As you move through The How module you’ll feel a surge in your energy levels with simple techniques to gain focus and direct powerful energy toward any goal…


In The Energy of Life I’ll expose the source of your energy and how to enhance it by eliminating toxic chemicals from your environment. You’ll find new ways to burn fat, cut out toxins and upgrade your cells’ ability to generate more energy… PLUS the Taoist tradition of Alchemy and how Eastern masters control energy flow…


How The Universe Works reveals how you can get into the flow of nature and always feel at the top of your game, attractive and magnetic to new friends and opportunities. Plus you’ll find out the 2 kinds of people you need to watch out for. And one of the most ancient spiritual texts in existence, more relevant today than ever before…


With The Wheel of Vitality you’ll access a power hidden deep inside you. You’ll also discover breakthroughs on boosting your immunity… getting more sleep… improving your mindset and increasing financial abundance. Plus brand new info on physiology and science yet to make its way to your doctor’s office including gut health, weight, diet and epigenetics…



In the Getting Out Of Your Own Way training you’ll find out how to identify and stop unknowingly feeding energy to toxic memes and mental programming holding you back from your highest expression.


And with Brain Science you may well feel a ‘mind blow’ when you learn how hacking your physiology can help you achieve the results the ancient sages spoke of…


As you learn the art of Pressing Reset you’ll know how to recharge your soul and tap into powerful practices that reset your adrenals, deliver you vital energy and relax your brain. The pleasing side effect of this module? Suddenly, you’ll LIKE yourself a whole lot more.


Stopping Time reveals the ancient art of dilating time. You’ll learn to access a deep, peaceful state with breathing exercises and a radically different understanding of how to navigate the world with time on your side.


There are many Powerful Practices to Upgrade Your Life such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation, Prayer and I’ll show you how to integrate them into an urban lifestyle.


In The New Economy you’ll learn about the Buddhist precept of “Right Livelihood” and how it pertains to the new business models springing up all around us. Yes, you CAN be spiritual and make money.



And then we’ll bring everything you’ve learned together into The Plan for your next 100 days called a “Gong”. Remember, The Urban Monk Academy takes your learning to the next level by installing these habits so you can expect results. You’ll follow simple, clear and concise system that’ll help you become a more effective human being and thrive in your life.

You get ALL of this when you enroll in The Urban Monk Academy today.


Enroll in The Time Mastery Masterclass right now and get full access...​

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The Urban Monk Roadmap

A dedicated path to real results takes time to get there. I’ve mapped out a sane journey that helps you feel better, get more energy, get efficient with time, and clear headed first. The goal is to get some wins and make you thrive early in the game and then give you the tools to keep growing from there.

Typical students take 2-3 years to progress through the entire curriculum and I encourage you to take your time and enjoy the ride. That said, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago…the next best time is today. The journey through the Academy takes you through the core modules (12 weeks) and then walks you through your first gong. From there, you’re invited into the Mastermind training grounds where you learn skills in mindfulness, gain more stamina, and learn how to heal yourself even further. There are retreats, events, special trips, and online learnings all associated with the program.

It’s a powerful path and a real journey into true wellness and personal development. If you’re tired of messing around and throwing darts at feeling better, this is the right place for you.

There's a lot of junk out there online. This is a real program that's filled with substance, weekly personal engagement, community, and live events. You learn the skills and grow as a person with lots of support. You can pick areas where you need help in first and start there...growing in energy and skills weekly. This is proven stuff with thousands of positive case studies. It's the best use of your valuable time because it gives you your life back.

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Learn Powerful Practices That'll Help You Thrive​

From meditation tracks to yoga and workout videos, the Academy is the one place you need to go for your mind-body development. There are hundreds of archived videos that are supported with weekly live instruction. I’ve designed it to be user-friendly, engaging, and relevant to what you may need in life.

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"The Way Is The Training"

Each month, I invite an expert to speak with my Academy students. These are the highest qualified doctors and lecturers in the world who avail themselves to the Urban Monks and also answer questions in an open format.

I'm certainly not an expert in everything but I know the people who are. The key is to learn from the best and constantly grow into the person you're destined to become. That means hiking to the top of the mountain and getting quality information that can serve you. There's too much crap out there- especially on the internet. It can be distracting and waste years of your life taking bad advice. NOT HERE. A big reason I created the Academy years ago was to curate the best information out there for my students. Today, the tradition continues with more support and resources than ever.

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Guest Faculty

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD

Daniel Amen, MD

Daniel Amen, MD

JJ Virgin

JJ Virgin

Dr Tom O'Bryan

Dr Tom O'Bryan

Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey

Leanne Ely

Leanne Ely

Dr. Alan Christianson

Dr. Alan Christianson

Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson

Tom Malterre

Tom Malterre

Eugene Cooke

Eugene Cooke

Dr Robyn Benson

Dr Robyn Benson

Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi

Here’s everything you get…


Access to the 12 Core Weekly Modules​

  • Numerous Additional Resources for each Module
  • Easy to Follow Workbook
  • Audio Tracks Can Go Straight To Your Phone
  • Transcripts for Each Module​

Downloadable Resources

  • The Personal LIFE GARDEN PDF
  • Rich Streaming Video Content​
  • Downloadable Meditation Tracks​
  • Science-Backed Sleep Tips
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Real Access — Real Interaction

  • Weekly Calls Discussion Relevant Topics
  • Super Engaged Community​
  • Life-Long Lasting Friendships​
  • New Community App with Amazing Features​

Live Weekly Instruction

  • Protected Content Not Available to the Public​
  • Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Meditation Instruction​
  • All Videos Are Archived and Available To You​
  • Practices are Categorized and Easy to Navigate
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Zen Productivity Training

  • Stay Calm and Get More Done​
  • Productivity Needs Energy & Focus
  • Find True Work Life Balance​
  • Learn About "Right Livelihood"​

Home & Office Workout Videos

  • Functional Workout Videos
  • Special Attention to Injuries and Rehab
  • Stretching Videos​
  • Learn How to Break Up the Day with Movement
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Additional Resources

  • How do You Navigate Modern Life? Here you go...
  • Detoxify Your Home​
  • Grow a Garden
  • Protect Your Family
  • Get Healthy and Save Money...​

Nourishing Monk Meals

  • Healthy Recipes to Keep You Energized​
  • Healing Soups
  • Tonic and Medicinal Herbs​
  • Calming Mealtime Rituals Stimulate the "Rest and Digest" Nervous System
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Plus, Access to My First Three Movies​

  • "Vitality" Teaches What Health is Really About​
  • "Origins" Looks at Toxins in Our Environment and How to Stay Healthy​
  • "Origins" Looks at Toxins in Our Environment and How to Stay Healthy​

Expert Q&A with Special Guests​

  • Monthly LIVE Calls with Guest Faculty
  • Topics include health, relationships, detox, trauma, and much more...​
  • Ask questions in a LIVE format​​
  • Get exclusive access to VIP wisdom​
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Time Management System

  • Time, Energy, and Money All Have a Flow
  • Learn How to Schedule Your Week​
  • Hold the Line and Focus on Each Block​
  • Curate Your Calendar to Reflect Your Life Garden
  • Take Mini Break and Stay Energized

Live Interaction with Great People​

  • Quarterly Retreats ​
  • Adventures in Far Off Lands​
  • Exclusive Member's-Only Events​
  • A Real Community with Real People
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Personal On-Boarding​

  • Welcome Call with a Program Director​
  • Personal Attention and Support​
  • Personal Attention and Support​
  • Accountability Pods and Groups​

The Time to Start is NOW​

  • Your White Sash Will Ship Upon Registration​ ​
  • You Progress at Your Own Pace
  • Earn Your Black Belt in LIFE
  • It's Your Life Journey. Let's Begin the Training.
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In an ongoing effort to keep this work accessible and affordable, for a limited time I’m offering lifetime access to the Urban Monk Academy to you right now for only:


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Get the entire Academy with the Time Management Course, Zen Productivity Tools, Weekly Calls, Monthly Expert Q&A's, Community Benefits, and your white sash in the mail all for a one time investment. Includes a personal on-boarding call with a Program Director.

This version delivers all the content digitally.

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What the experts are saying


“We know that the healthcare crisis in the West can’t be fixed by pills. Lifestyle is the key. The Urban Monk elegantly lays out a balanced way of life that can not only bring us back to health, but help us relax and smile while we do it. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to get healthy in our fast-paced world.”

Mark Hyman,

MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Blood Sugar Solution

“Knowing that meditation is good for us isn’t enough. We need to practice it in our daily lives to actually benefit from it. The Urban Monk is a treasure, with many practical lifestyle hacks that can help you be happier and healthier.”

Daniel G. Amen,

MD, Founder, Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life


“Combining modern Western medicine and ancient Eastern wisdom, Dr. Pedram Shojai’s cutting-edge, easy-to-implement program helps you burn fat, boost energy, and optimize your life to become an urban monk even in the most stressed-out environment. Can’t recommend this one enough!”

JJ Virgin,

New York Times best-selling author, The Virgin Diet and The Virgin Diet Cookbook

“Written with page-turning verve, this book integrates ancient Taoist wisdom and modern brain science to offer hundreds of practical ways to feel better and do better right now. Funny, direct, and honest, PedramShojai feels like a trusted friend and teacher offering a full package of skillful means.”

Rick Hanson

Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence


“Pedram offers a fresh and unique perspective on life in the modern world. He truly is an Urban Monk and his friendly style takes us all along for the ride. If you deal with stress, time constraints, and the challenges of a busy life, this book is a must-read.”

Sara Gottfried,

MD, author of New York Times bestseller The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet

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So you really have nothing to lose, yet a happier, more joyful, more productive, more abundant life to gain.

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Important Question: What will happen if you don’t enroll?

Forget about your investment for one second. Here’s what’s really at stake…

You know all that ‘stuff’ in your life that you don’t like? All that stress, anxiety, lack of time… that feeling you’re just spinning your wheels until something better comes along? That low energy and glum mood…

And what about all those wishes, hopes and dreams that never seem to come true?

Well, all of that will remain in your life unless you DO something about it right now. You’ve got to make that leap or life in all its unsatisfying, unfulfilling mediocrity will stay the same.

Your first step to making the changes you need? Click the button below.

That one positive action will trigger a chain reaction of events, leading to more peace, more happiness, less stress, less anxiety, greater abundance and endless amounts of joy.

Ask yourself: What IF this thing really could transform your life?

Aren’t you the least bit curious? Wouldn’t you just have to test it out? Risk free?

Look. Don’t delay any longer, your life isn’t going to wait for you.

Hit the button below right now. Time is short. Enroll today and get ready to live the kind of life you truly desire and deserve.

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See what our students are saying


My nagging aches and pains are nearly gone. So is my anxiety. I no longer feel so “stuck” in life. I’m getting more of what I want from it!

Lanie Anderson




I had just broken from a long term relationship and wanted to sew myself back together.

The Urban Monk provided me with the tools and inspiration to gather my strength back and reclaim my dignity and happiness.

It’s been a great help for evolving in my life! Eternally grateful for Pedram and The Urban Monk.

Pamela Wasabi






I’m finding a more meaningful purpose to my life. I’m healthier. I’m happier. I have more energy and clarity.

The Urban Monk makes it simple enough so anyone can do it. Thank you!

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I felt like I was just floating through life. The Urban Monk helped me become more energetic, more engaged with life. I feel more vitality!

This program is helping me grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually in ways I never thought I was capable of.

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I’ve lost 22 pounds. I feel more alert, think clearer, and sleep better.

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I used to struggle with motivation and sticking to my goals. The Urban Monk gave me the tools I needed to fix that. It’s been so valuable.

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