In the United States, the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through the Maharishi Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Maharishi Foundation certified teachers of the TM technique not only have many years of experience practicing the technique, they have also successfully completed an intensive 5 month in-residence Teacher Training Course, developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the TM program, and maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.
Only by learning the Transcendental Meditation program from a Maharishi Foundation certified teacher can you be assured of receiving the authentic Transcendental Meditation technique and gaining access to all the advanced programs of knowledge and experience that have been structured for your benefit by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Karen Bandy is co-chair of the Jacksonville TM Center. She learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1973 and became a TM teacher in 1977. In Washington DC she co-directed a school-based program where faculty, staff, and students learned the TM technique and practiced together regularly. She also taught the technique at a university hospital as part of a major NIH-funded study on the effects of the TM technique on hypertension. In addition, Karen worked as a technology analyst, science writer, and entrepreneur in the Washington DC area. She has a BA from University of Wisconsin and an MS from George Washington University.
Herb Bandy is the co-chair of the Jacksonville TM Center. He worked for over 30 years as a research engineer at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) near Washington DC, developing systems to advance the state of the art in manufacturing technology. But the technology that he finds most fascinating is the technology of consciousness with its practical application, the Transcendental Meditation technique. Herb learned the TM technique in 1976 and became a TM teacher in 1984. Herb, who earned an engineering degree from Howard University and graduate work at University of Pennsylvania, has specialized in training scientists, engineers, and educators to practice the TM technique.