Transcendental Meditation doesn't focus on breathing or chanting, like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking... A 2009 study found Transcendental Meditation helped alleviate stress in college students, while another found it helped reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.
For us, one of the most alluring parts of TM was the notion of unlocking brain power that goes unused, and improving our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that TM can lessen anxiety, cut work stress, lower risk of heart disease and reduce levels of cortisol, your stress hormone.
Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it's relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results: TM cuts right to the chase, taking only days — or for some, minutes — before one feels reprieve from their painful and overwhelming thoughts.
For me, meditation has just allowed me to unveil who I am. It has allowed me to really be creative but not by force — naturally, effortlessly.
What is the TM® technique?
The TM technique is a simple, natural mental technique, practiced with the eyes closed while sitting comfortably.
You learn from a certified TM teacher who will instruct you in a one-on-one session. They will give you a mantra — in this case, a sound that has no meaning associated with it — and teach you how to use it properly, which means easily, effortlessly, and silently.
In the TM course, you learn how to effortlessly transcend — go beyond the surface level of your awareness. This state of deep inner silence is typically unavailable from meditation apps and other techniques. What is transcending?
The TM technique's benefits start right away, and keep growing. Hundreds of independent research studies have found major increases in calmness, creativity, energy, clarity of mind, and happiness.
“The effect size of TM on overall self-actualization was approximately 3 times as large as that of other forms of meditation and relaxation.”
— Journal of Social Behavior & Personality (meta-analysis of 42 scientific studies)
"What is transcending?"
— by Dr. Tony Nader, global leader of the teaching of TM by 120 nonprofit organizations around the world
How is TM different?
The TM technique is not "one size fits all." It's taught one-on-one and is carefully personalized for you.
Only certified TM teachers can instruct you in the authentic TM technique, and you get free lifetime follow-up and support
Anyone can do it — even if you "can't meditate"
- No trying to "empty the mind"
- No mindfulness (monitoring of thoughts)
- No concentrating
- No control of the mind
Hundreds of published research studies have found the TM technique to be highly effective for stress-related conditions, brain function, and cardiovascular health.
The TM technique is effective for everyone and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.
TM changed everything. The conflicting thoughts that had plagued me all my life were gone. It calmed my mind and gave me peace.
What are the evidence-based benefits?
More evidence-based benefits
How do I learn?
The TM technique is taught in 4 sessions.
It can be learned only through personalized one-on-one instruction from a certified TM teacher. Course info
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After learning the TM technique, you'll have all the knowledge and experience needed to meditate self-sufficiently, as well as lifetime access to free follow-up and support from your TM teacher.
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FAQWhat is the TM course fee?
See the TM course fee page.
Imagine trying to learn a natural golf swing or the violin. You know how valuable it is for a good teacher to show you the proper technique.
The TM technique is easy to learn, but requires personalized interactive guidance. For this reason, it's taught only through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM teacher.
There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique — and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.
The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness.
No problem at all. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts. It is completely effortless.
The TM technique's effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical. That's because it automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm.
To learn the TM technique, sign up for a TM course with a certified TM teacher.
The TM course consists of four sessions. The first session is your one-on-one personal instruction, and the following three are small group sessions (either in-person or virtual).
During the TM course, you'll learn everything you need to know to maintain a self-sufficient Transcendental Meditation practice, but we also offer free lifetime follow-up and support for those who want it.
Taught by a non-profit organization
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the U.S. by Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. All revenues from course fees go entirely to support the organization's educational and charitable initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
As a non-profit, the Foundation has no owners or shareholders. No board members or other individuals profit financially from the organization's programs.
Helping those in need
More than 1 million full TM scholarships have been given to at-risk children, military veterans, domestic violence victims, homeless people, and others in need, through partnerships with the David Lynch Foundation and other non-profit organizations.