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.
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.
You are invited to a free intro talk
on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. We recommend this step before signing up for the TM course.
The intro talk is typically held via conference call or online.
You can register by using the calendars on the left, or call (540) 492-4954 (Lynchburg) or (540) 492-4954 (Roanoke). To register click a location below.
Can’t make it to an intro talk? View our online TM intro video .
TM instruction requires personal one-on-one instruction from a certified TM teacher, so it won’t be taught during this group introduction. However, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local TM teachers and sign up to learn the TM technique.
The TM technique can only be taught by certified TM teachers in a course carefully personalized for each individual. All 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.
“It’s effortless because it’s already there” (video 1:53)
What happened when we learned TM (5:18)
Transforming the lives of over one million victims of traumatic stress* (3:33)
* Our charitable projects with the David Lynch Foundation
What is the TM technique?
It’s a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.
Transcendental Meditation — brought to the West in 1959 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — is an ancient technique that's easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. It's not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over ten million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, and religions.
What if I “can’t meditate”?
Have you ever tried to meditate, and found you couldn’t do it because your mind is too active — or maybe the technique was uncomfortable in some way?
It’s a common experience because almost all techniques involve some kind of control or focus.
The big difference
This is what makes the TM technique completely different — it’s so easy and enjoyable that anyone can do it, even children with ADHD.
No concentrating or focusing
No control of the mind
No mindfulness (monitoring of thoughts)
No trying to “empty the mind”
How can TM be effective if it’s so easy?
Interestingly, it’s effective because it’s completely effortless. The TM technique uses the natural tendency of the mind to automatically draw your attention inward, through quieter and quieter levels of thought, until you experience your own innermost nature — the most peaceful and silent level of your mind.
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.
Why is effort in meditation counter-productive?
Other techniques involving control (concentration or focus) or monitoring (mindfulness) tend to keep your awareness on the surface — on the active level of your mind.
The effort (even if small) required by such techniques impedes transcending. In other words, it prevents you from naturally experiencing the state of deep inner peacefulness.
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.
The most common cause of insomnia is stress and anxiety. Many research studies have found that the TM technique is highly effective at producing a state of deep inner calm. Many people report an immediate improvement in their sleep quality after learning the TM technique.
Additional research studies on insomnia:
Orme-Johnson DW & Dillbeck MC. Methodological Concerns for Meta-Analyses of Meditation: Comment on Sedlmeier et al. Psychological Bulletin 2014; 140(2):610-16.
Elder C, Nidich S, et al, Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Burnout: A randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal, 2014 Winter; 18(1):19-23.
Haratani T., et al. Effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on the health behavior of industrial workers. Japanese Journal of Public Health 37 (10 Suppl.): 729, 1990.
Lovell-Smith H. D. Transcendental Meditation—treating the patient as well as the disease. The New Zealand Family Physician 9: 62–65, April 1982.
Orme-Johnson D. W., et al. Meditation in the treatment of chronic pain and insomnia. In National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, Bethesda Maryland: National Institutes of Health, 1995.
Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress problems who learned the TM technique showed significant reduction in depression after four months, in contrast to others who were randomly assigned to receive psychotherapy. Reference: Journal of Counseling and Development 64:212–215, 1985.
Additional research studies on depression:
Elder C, Nidich S, Colbert R, Hagelin J, Grayshield L, Oviedo-Lim D, Nidich R, Rainforth M, Jones C, Gerace D. Reduced psychological distress in racial and ethnic minority students practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program. Journal of Instructional Psychology 2011 38(2):109-116
Elder C, Nidich S, Moriarty F, Nidich R. Effect of Transcendental Meditation on employee stress, depression, and burnout: a randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal 2014 18(1):19-23.
Ferguson P.C., et al. Psychological Findings on Transcendental Meditation. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 16:483-488, 1976.
Barnes VA, Rigg JL, Williams JJ. Clinical case series: treatment of PTSD with Transcendental Meditation in active duty military personnel. Military Medicine 2013 178(7):e836-40. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00426
Rees B, Travis F, Shapiro D, Chant R. Reduction in posttraumatic stress symptoms in Congolese refugees practicing Transcendental Meditation. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2013 26(2):295-298
Rees B, Travis F, Shapiro D, Chant R. Significant reductions in posttraumatic stress symptoms in Congolese refugees within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation practice. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2014 27(1):112-115
Rosenthal JZ, Grosswald S, Ross R, Rosenthal N. Effects of Transcendental Meditation in veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with posttraumatic stress disorder: a pilot study. Military Medicine 2011 176(6):626–630
The current findings indicate that children with ADHD can not only learn the TM technique but also benefit from it, the researchers report in the online journal Current Issues in Education. ‘The effect was much greater than we expected,’ lead researcher Sarina J. Grosswald, a cognitive learning specialist in Arlington, Virginia, said in a written statement. ‘The children also showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization, and behavior regulation,’ she added.
One-on-one instruction in the TM technique with a certified TM teacher (Note: TM course fee is required at this step)
Session 2 to 4: Small group (1.5 - 2 hours per day)
Additional guidance and instruction on the TM technique based on your personal experience. Group size capped at less than 10 people. Private meetings also available. Contact your local TM teacher for details.
Follow-up session (1 hour)
A small group session (with Q&A), and a one-on-one “tune-up” to ensure your TM practice is easy and enjoyable, and you’re gaining maximum benefit.
* Group follow-up — about 10 days after personal instruction. One-on-one tune-up — on or after the day of the group follow-up.
Free lifetime follow-up and support
All who learn the TM technique have these available at no cost:
Personal access to certified TM teachers to answer your questions or discuss your TM practice
TM “tune-ups” at any U.S. TM center — one-on-one or in a small group
Group meditations at TM centers
Local events providing deeper knowledge to enhance your TM experience
Online access to special videos, articles, and more
What is the TM course fee?
We're excited to announce changes to the TM course fee!
As a non-profit organization, we've always been committed to making the TM technique and its benefits available to as many people as possible.
Now more than ever, people need a technique for inner peace and wellness — so we're now offering a new nationwide income-based pricing planincome-based pricing plan. We also offer partial grant support to deserving individuals in need.
We won’t ask you for evidence of your household income.
We’re a non-profit providing support for at-risk children, vets with PTSD, and many others in need.
The income-based fees are supported by special funding for this location.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is available in the USA through Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. 100% of the course fee supports the organization’s educational and charitable initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. More
Helping those in need
Over the past several years, full TM scholarships have been given to more than one million at-risk students, military veterans, homeless people, and others in need through partnerships with other non-profit organizations and foundations.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition. Individual results may vary.