Scientific research suggests Transcendental Meditation is foremost among meditation techniques.
Find out how TM Meditation helps reduce blood pressure, reduces stress,  anxiety and risk of heart disease.
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Transcendental Meditation™, The Advanced Techniques of Transcendental Meditation™ and the TM-Sidhi Programme® founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi® are available in South Africa only from Maharishi Vedic Institute®. Teachers of Transcendental Meditation attend an intensive training course that takes place over several months. The standard teaching methods allow for reliable scientific testing and research studies to take place on the effects of Transcendental Meditation. When you learn TM, you are learning one-on-one from a teacher that has been extensively trained to teach you in the best possible way. After learning TM, there is an extensive (but optional) follow-up plan that includes free check-ups.
In a a 2015 pan-European survey 518 TM practitioners were asked to rank TM as an investment. The UK government decides to support the Maharishi school as part of their Freeschools program, as a result of the remarkable achievements from students practicing TM as part of their curriculum.
The Brazilian Government decides to introduce TM in all 38,000 public schools in the country, for more than 30 million students. The person responsible of 20,000 employees in the San Francisco education system, who makes a passionate plea to introduce TM in all schools in the USA, after a number of very successful TM experiments in his own town – or more info and the video of his speech, see TM in San Franscisco. The New York Times, which placed “TM in schools” at the top of its list of best ideas of 2005 – see NY Times article Accredited Bliss. In this beautiful video, Cameron Diaz describes how she always felt meditation would do something for her, but every time she tried a particular meditation technique it just didn’t work.
Meditation is becoming more and more popular to manage stress, but the true experience of transcending has a far more profound effect than just relaxation. However over time the experience of transcending was lost because people started misinterpreting what true meditation was all about. The Transcendental Meditation technique is the rediscovery of an ancient technique where the mind will go to this state of pure silence in a completely natural way, without any effort. When the mind transcends and in a completely natural way reaches that state of pure inner silence, the body spontaneously comes into a very deep state of relaxation as well, far deeper than even deep sleep. This was just another confirmation of earlier research with Vietnam war veterans that was done 25 years ago.
In this study the TM group saw such significant improvements (reductions in depression, PTSD, anxiety and insomnia) that after only 3 months of practice, 70% of the war veterans required no further treatment.
The video below shows several more examples of just how powerful TM can be for those who are suffering from traumatic stress. The ancient texts described the experience of transcending as a state of deep inner happiness. This is a remarkable result because normally the only way to increase serotonin is through artificial manipulation through medicines, which have many negative side effects. Medical research has shown that stress plays a major role in the decrease in serotonin production. When stress can accumulate throughout life, it will eventually disturb the natural functioning of our nervous system, resulting in all kinds of psychological or physical health problems. Transcending allows the body to remove even our deepest stresses, and thereby remove the root cause cause of not just depression, but actually most health problems. A large scale study that looked at the health statistics of 2000 TM practicioners over 5 years showed a 50 to 70% reduction in hospitalizations. Over the past 40 years 350 published TM studies have confirmed the effects of transcending on our health.
Real meditation is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results. The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead anyone in a completely natural way to the experience of transcending. If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and afterwards it can go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed you don’t feel as happy, you can’t think as clearly and tend to act more emotional and impulsive? The brain has 2 distinctive parts, front and back. The back part is responsible for all the primitive actions, like sensory perceptions, muscle movement etc.
Under stressful situations this prefrontal cortex will shut down, and we’ll see this happens for a very good reason. The problem is that this mechanism wasn’t designed for the chronic stress situations most of us experience all too often today. The more the brain experiences such chronic stress, the more the prefrontal cortex is actually trained to permanently shut down, and the brain actually becomes damaged. This can be clearly visualized today through modern brain imaging technologies, such as SPECT brain scans which measure the blood flow in the brain. Highly stressed people, who are displaying a strong tendency for violent behavior, often have functional “holes” in their prefrontal cortex. This becomes a major problem when stress becomes chronic and when serotonin production is permanently reduced. But when even the pattern of sleep itself gets disturbed because we can’t seem to wind down anymore, we come into a vicious circle where the brain is less and less able to recover from stress.
Alcohol, drugs, or, perhaps surprisingly, even cigarettes and coffee have a particular effect on the prefrontal cortex. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is an ancient technique that was rediscovered 50 years ago by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and has since become the most widely practiced meditation technique in the world, with over 6 million practicioners. The TM technique allows the mind to come to a state of complete silence in a completely natural and effortless way. Allowing the mind to become silent in a completely natural and effortless way, is not only far easier and far more enjoyable, but it also has far more profound benefits. Over the past 40 years, more than 100 scientific journals have published 350 scientific researches on the TM technique, with participation from 250 different universities and research institutes.
These researches confirm that during TM profound changes occur in both our bodies and our brains that essentially reverse the effect of stress.
One of the first scientific publications on the TM technique, a study from Harvard University published in Scientific American in 1971, found that the rest during TM went far deeper than the rest usually experienced during sleep.
This deep rest allows the body and brain to heal itself from stress, even deep-rooted traumatic stress, far more quickly and efficiently than ordinary rest.
Research has shown that even though the body is in a state of deep rest, the brain becomes more active during transcending: the bloodflow to the brain will actually increase during TM.
Scientific research has shown that the resulting feeling of inner happiness can be objectively measured through increased serotonin concentrations right after TM practice, with more permanent increases in the long term. The triple effect of reversing the vicious circle (activation of prefrontal cortex, relaxing of the amygdala and increase in serotonin) is usually noticeable immediately.

In the longer term, after a few months, TM has proven to be the most effective method ever researched to conquer nicotine, alcohol or drug addictions.
While anyone will benefit from reversing the vicious circle of stress in their lives, the most impressive results so far have been seen with people who have suffered from traumatic stress. A recent study with US Iraq War veterans showed a 50% reduction in PTSD and depression after only 8 weeks of TM practice. This was a confirmation of earlier research with Vietnam war veterans that was done 25 years ago where the TM group saw such significant improvements (in PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcoholism, family problems etc.) that, after only 3 months of practice, 70% of the war veterans required no further treatment.
The video below shows several more examples of just how powerful TM can be to reduce stress. True meditation is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results. Because it is a completely natural technique, TM is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice.
But because it’s a completely natural technique, it does require a detailed personal training and follow up program by a trained TM teacher.
The first step in discovering what TM can do for you is simply to attend a free, no-obligation information seminar. Stress has far more damaging effects on the brain than previously believed, with very real effects on our self-confidence, our creativity and our behaviour. Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed your creativity seems blocked, you don’t feel as self-confident, you can’t control your emotions and your actions become more impulsive? To explain this let’s look at the flow of information in the brain under normal circumstances, for example when we react to something we see. So the shutting down of the prefrontal cortex under stress is designed for our survival in extreme circumstances, but it wasn’t designed for the chronic stress situations most humans experience all too often today. The more the brain is under chronic stress, the more the prefrontal cortex is permanently shut down, and it actually becomes damaged.
It was found that highly stressed people, who displaying a strong tendency for violent behavior have literal functional “holes” in their prefrontal cortex. We put violent people to prison to punish them for their bad choices, but now it’s becoming more and more clear that some people might not have much of a choice. Alcohol, drugs and nicotine will enforce this effect, damaging the frontal part of the brain even more. Throughout this site you can discover how transcending has an exact opposite effect on the body as stress.
Whereas during stress the prefrontal cortex shuts down, brain scans have shown that during transcending, the blood flow to the prefrontal cortex actually increases, so that it gets reactivated. This fMRI scan actaully shows a double effect of decrease of stress: Bloodflow to the prefrontal cortex increases, and bloodflow to the amygdala and limbic system in the brain, which is usually high during stress, (and chronically high with people suffering from post traumatic stress disorders) decreases.
The effect of this is usually noticeable immediately, even within a few days after learning TM.
The research was carried out in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the American government, one of the world’s most prestigious medical research institutions.
User-Friendly Transcendental Meditation Gaining StudentsFree introductory lectures in Bedford Hills and Scarsdale, NY.
As more people understand the link between reduced stress and better health, meditation classes around the country are filling up.
Katz, who has taught TM for more than 40 years, attributes its popularity to user friendliness. Designing personal sanctuaries, English country gardens, Japanese courtyards, butterfly and songbird habitats and feng shui gardens. Continuing education classes approved for New York State-licensed massage therapists in 2016.
And a brand-new heart disease study finds a 48% reduction in the risk of death by heart disease or stroke.
Surprisingly, one of the world’s premier Transcendental Meditation centres is right here in Johannesburg.
It has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss.
Enjoy a free intro talk with no obligation at the Houghton TM Centre on a Wednesday evening, or Friday afternoon. TM teachers are trained to teach the technique in exactly the same way – the same way it has been taught for hundreds (thousands?) of years. This program includes an introductory seminar, a preparatory lecture, a personal interview, a personal introduction, and three follow-up sessions.
On this course, you travel to a meditation retreat with other new meditators and enjoy rounds of meditation and yoga. The oldest scriptures in the world describe transcending as a completely natural state of consciousness where the mind is completely silent, yet fully alert. They thought it was about controlling the mind, forcing it to be quiet, which almost never works (the more you try to be quiet, the more you keep the mind active). When it is taught properly by a trained TM teacher, anyone can learn to transcend, it is easy and enjoyable to practice and extremely effective, from the very first sitting.
If TM can help them, even when nothing else that has ever been tried works, we can imagine that it can help anybody. It also shows why more and more scientists, educators, celebrities and governmental institutions are supporting the TM technique.
This is why the mind will transcend spontaneously, if only it gets the chance, because it is looking for this happiness. From 350 published scientific researches on the TM technique, none have found any negative side effects.
Too low serotonin concentrations are related to not only depression, but a number of other problems as well, like addictions, migraines, insomnia, Alzheimers, anger, eating disorders etc.
It is noq estimated that 80 to 90% of all diseases are directly or indirectly related to stress. The results show, without a doubt, that the TM technique is not only the most thoroughly researched method to prevent disease, but also the most effective method ever researched. It is an experience of complete, inner silence; that can not be achieved by trying to be quiet.
The prefrontal cortex is bypassed and the information goes directly from the sensory system to the motor cortex, inside the impulsive brain. If we’re crossing the street and we see a car coming at us, we don’t want to think about it and analyze the situation. When we’re standing still in an hour-long traffic jam while we’re already late for an important meeting, there’s no need to either fight or flight, and yet still the stress response is activated.
When we’re stressed we lose our temper more quickly and are more likely to get into a fight, which makes us even more stressed. Under stress, the brain will reduce or shut down the production of serotonin, our “happiness hormone”.
Low serotonin has been linked to a wide variety of problems, like depression, addictions, insomnia, migraines, anger outbursts, eating disorders, Alzheimer’s etc. This is what it will naturally do during sleep: recover from all the stressful stimuli that it has endured during the day.

The effects of stress on the brain will then accumulate even more rapidly, influencing our sleep quality even more.
The more the frontal brain, responsible for control of our impulses is shut down, the more difficult it will be for an addict to resist his impulse to smoke, drink or use drugs. In this sense, TM works very different from other meditation techniques, where people try to control the mind, usually through some form of concentration (on the breath, a sound, or monitoring your thoughts).
The story of TM is not only a story of extraordinary benefits, but also a story of the extraordinary detailed scientific research that has confirmed these benefits.
By now there are over 6000 pages of scientific research confirming the positive effect of transcending through the TM technique. This is why the mind is drawn to this state and will naturally go there, if only it get’s the chance. This shows another way how the effects of stress on the brain (reduced serotonin) are being reversed.
We are collectively spending billions every year on anti-depressive drugs that aim to artificially regulate our serotonin concentrations, with all the side-effect that come with it. Even within a few days after learning the TM technique most people report feeling more themselves, they feel happier and manage to remain more calm during stressful situations.
A large analysis on all the research on addictions that was ever done found that TM was found to be 3-4 times as effective as any other method ever researched. During these seminars, you’ll hear in more detail how the TM technique actually works and what you can expect from it.
The back of the brain, called the impulsive or “animal brain”, is responsible for all the primitive actions, like sensory perceptions, muscle movement etc. The CEO is bypassed and the information goes directly from the sensory system to the motor cortex, and that’s how it should be.
Children who grew up in highly stressful, violent circumstances, might have so much damage to their frontal brains that the part of our brains that is responsible for judgment, impulse control and analyzing the long term consequences of their actions is no longer working at the time when it’s most needed.
We lose control over our emotions, get angry more quickly (usually creating even more stress) we can’t think clearly and act more impulsively.
Research has shown that it has a similar opposite effect on the brain, allowing the brain to heal from stressful experiences.
People feel more themselves (prefrontal cortex is responsible for sense of self, see also “being yourself”), they manage to remain calm during stressful situations, keep their emotions more balanced and are able to focus better and think more clearly.
The NIH has spent over 24 million USD in support of research on the effect of Transcendental Meditation. That’s the trend at Westchester Transcendental Meditation Center in Bedford Hills, NY, where the number of people signing up to learn transcendental meditation (TM) has increased tenfold over the past several years. Along with Dr Mehmet Oz, Ellen de Generes, Russell Simmons, Russell Brand, Clint Eastwood … you are in good company! They describe this state as the highest human experience, essential for our full human development.
This is what we do during sleep, but the rest during sleep doesn’t go deep enough to remove the deeply rooted traumatic stresses. The increased of serotonin during transcending is one of the ways to objectively measure how the body is starting to repair itself from the disturbances from long-term accumulated stresses.
Then it is sent to the prefrontal cortex, which evaluates all the information and decides how to react. These are areas where no more blood flow is recorded, where the brain is permanently shut down. The more we experience chronic stress, the more we train our amygdala to always be on alert, until it never calms down anymore. It’s almost as if the brain becomes too busy producing stress hormones to remember the happiness ones. The more we experience this state, the more we also train our bodies, and brains, to remain in this state of restfulness, even outside of meditation.
As such, the proven method to increase your serotonin in a completely natural way through TM practice is creating quite a stir in the medical community, with more and more doctors now prescribing TM to their patients. It actually becomes surprisingly easy for most people to wake up 20 min earlier to practice the TM technique. Then it is sent to the prefrontal cortex, the CEO, for evaluation, which makes a decision on how to react. This affects everything: our relationships, our careers, our creativity, our happiness and our health. Often these effects can be so dramatic that they sound almost too good to be true, but learning how the brain works can give us more insight why they are in fact true. The good news is that there are now four decades of peer-reviewed research showing that TM is highly effective in reducing stress. Buddhist, Vipassana, Mindfulness and Christian meditators can all gain from this deep meditation. 1751-1754 1970,This graph, from a Harvard University research study, shows that during TM, the body comes into a state of rest, twice as deep as even the deepest rest during sleep.
During the deep rest of transcending, on the other hand, even the deepest traumatic stresses will be removed.
The blood flow shifts from the frontal region to the amygdala, the stress center in our brains, that raises our heartbeat and our bloodpressure and pumps all kind of stresshormones into our body so we can react quickly to an upcoming danger, either fight it, or run away. But the long term effects only make the situation worse, as illustrated by these brain scans, showing significant functional holes in the prefrontal cortex with addicts (ref: Change your brain, change your life, Dr. You can’t try to make the mind silent, the more you try the more you only keep the mind active.
Through fMRI scans we can now visually see how the damaging effects of stress on the prefrontal cortex are getting healed again during TM practice.
It needs to be learned from a teacher who can properly guide you from your own personal state of mind to the experience of transcending, and can properly answer all your personal questions.
The number of seats is usually limited, so reserve your seat through the form below, or select your city on the map below. Animals don’t have this part, which is why you will never see a cow packing a suitcase and planning a holiday. For other people this vicious circle might even end up in prison, or in the hospital with heart problems. We are already genetically programmed to transcend, we just have to activate the programming.
This part is called the prefrontal cortex, and we might as well call it the CEO of the brain.
TM can be learned in 4 evening sessions on 4 consecutive days, with a detailed follow up program to ensure the correct practice.

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