The importance of learning from a Certified Teacher

Only certified TM teachers can provide instruction in the authentic Transcendental Meditation technique.

In the U.S., the certification of TM teachers is available exclusively from Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Certified TM teachers have successfully completed an intensive 5-month in-residence Teacher Training Course, and they maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.

Jesse Berkowitz

Jesse Berkowitz

Jesse has taught the TM program at companies such as The Dr. Oz Show and top–ranked hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, while also helping bring meditation to underprivileged students in South Africa. He grew up in Fairfield, Iowa — the famous ‘TM Town’ profiled by Oprah Winfrey — and has been meditating since 1986. Jesse has a business background, served as director of marketing for the David Lynch Foundation, and holds an MBA from Maharishi University of Management.

Jesse has always loved teaching — whether lecturing at the university level or giving piano lessons to kids — and what he enjoys most about teaching TM is the personal connection with students.

“Meditation is great because it’s so low–tech. Everybody can get caught up with all their gadgets, but TM is about experiencing your Self, without all the noise and clutter. There’s no substitute for that — it can’t be automated or outsourced!”

Natasha Berkowitz

Natasha Berkowitz

Natasha came to the U.S. from Latvia as a university student in 2001. After earning degrees in Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, she was familiar with many forms of meditation. Yet this academic approach felt rigid and theoretical, leaving her thirsty for more first–hand experience.

Learning Transcendental Meditation in 2009 changed her life’s trajectory and inspired Natasha to become a TM teacher.

“Practicing TM transformed my life and allowed me to become my true self. With regular practice of TM, my dreams, hopes, and desires gradually manifested and created feelings of trust, serenity, and deep satisfaction within me. Now I am sharing my joy by teaching people to meditate and helping them easily achieve their goals and aspirations.”

Erin Skipper

Erin Skipper

Erin has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1982, and became a teacher of the TM technique in 2005. She was Director of the Seattle TM Program from 2005?2010 and was the Director of Community & Student Outreach for the David Lynch Foundation. She received a BA in Consciousness-Based Health Care from Maharishi University of Management, with a minor in Vedic Science. She enjoys photography, gardening, swimming and hiking. She resides in Echo Park and teaches at the Los Feliz/Glendale TM Center.

“I love teaching meditation. When we teach someone how to meditate, we give them the key to unlock their hidden potential so they can become more of who they want to become. It is very heartwarming.”