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.

Janet Smith

Janet Smith

Janet has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1972 and been involved full time with the TM organization since 1979. Prior to that, she taught elementary and preschool classes for 5 years but found the curriculum and methods were not sufficient to make significant changes in children's lives. She then switched to teaching the TM technique to help others easily create major life supporting changes from within themselves. Janet began studying Maharishi Ayurveda in 1986 and has taught and practiced these principles of cooking and daily routine to prevent illness and restore health. When she's not teaching or in the kitchen you can find her hiking in nature.

“What I enjoy most about teaching the TM technique is watching the students? faces light up as they express with delight and awe the benefits they have gained in just a few days or weeks.”

Edwards Smith, M.D.

Edwards Smith, M.D.

Dr. Smith learned the TM technique in 1975 and became a teacher in 1990. He was appointed a Minister for Health Education in the Global Country of World Peace in 2001. He is the past Dean and President of the Maharishi College of Medicine in Albuqurque, NM.

Dr. Smith has a BA degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute and an MD from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and was a board certified internist and rheumatologist for 15 years of private practice in Virginia. He was also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and was later Associate Professor of Physiological and Biological Sciences at Maharishi University of Management.

“After following 200 of my private practice patients for ten years who learned the TM technique I concluded that this knowledge had more to offer than what I had learned in medical school and decided to go in this direction full time in 1985.”