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.
Linda Castillon is a former professional dancer. She learned the TM technique in 1971 and became a teacher in 1977. Since that time, she has taught the TM technique throughout the U.S., as well as in Prague, Czechoslovakia and in Kharkov, Ukraine. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management, Farfield, Iowa, and enjoys international travel, hiking, dance, music, and the arts.
“I've been enjoying the benefits of the TM technique right from the first day, and they are still accumulating in my life. I became a teacher of TM because I wanted to give back, and there has been no greater joy and satisfaction than seeing the positive changes that take place in my students’ lives.”
A native of St. Louis, Michael graduated from University City High School and Webster College. In 1972, after spending 6 months with Maharishi on Teacher Training, he became one of the founders of the St. Louis TM Center, teaching over 500 people. In 1983 Michael moved to Fairfield, IA where he became a leadership and customer service consultant. He also continued to teach TM while raising two daughters with his wife Casey. Now, once again, Michael is teaching TM full time in St. Louis.
“I learned to meditate because it seemed so easy and right. And then I started to see my life change. I saw myself becoming the person I wanted to be. It’s now 42 years later and it’s still happening. What a journey.”
When asked about returning to teach full time, Michael responded, “People say you teach what you want to learn. I love understanding how developing greater consciousness brings progress in one’s life. By teaching others how to develop consciousness, I am constantly in the midst of that process. For me, it’s like understanding one of life’s great mysteries, the process of evolution and personal growth. It’s deeply satisfying.”