Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM)

Definition - What does Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM) mean?

The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is a form of mantra meditation created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in order to increase awareness and promote a calm mind. Although Transcendental Meditation is usually practiced seated, it is sometimes also practiced in conjunction with yoga asanas and pranayama. Transcendental Meditation is practiced in two 15 to 20 minute sessions daily.

Some consider TM to be rooted in Hinduism; however, the technique is not considered philosophy or religion, but a style of meditation accessible to all people that allows for increased awareness of one’s own consciousness.

Yogapedia explains Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM)

The benefits of a TM practice include:

  • Improves focus and memory
  • Reduces stress and cortisol
  • Enhances creativity
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Alleviates anxiety and depression
  • Helps regulate blood pressure

Yogis may wish to pair the practice with asana or pranayama, though many practice the technique on its own for the simple goals of relaxation and mindfulness. An extension of the Transcendental Meditation technique, referred to as the TM-Sidhi Program, includes the practice of “yogic flying,” which includes bouncing while seated in a cross-legged position.

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