What is Stress?

Stress is caused by experience overload and undue pressure on the nervous system. During stress the levels of both cortisol and plasma-lactate – identified as ‘stress hormones' – increase. If our life-style subjects us to continual overload, these ‘stress hormones' are over-produced and this can lead to a variety of health problems, for example, headache, insomnia and high blood pressure.

By practising the simple mental technique of Transcendental Meditation, the body gets deep rest and the 'stress hormone' levels are automatically reduced. With regular practise of Transcendental Meditation (TM), tiredness, fatigue and stress are eliminated from the nervous system.

According to Dr Steinbaum and the American Heart Association, Transcendental Meditation is the only relaxation or meditation technique proven to be effective in reducing high blood pressure and improving other risk factors (including stress). During TM blood vessels relax and expand. Blood flow becomes more efficient. Strain on the heart is greatly reduced and there is less damage to the arteries.

Transcandantal Meditasyon

How does TM help?

Research confirmed by Harvard Medical School in a study published in Scientific American found that during TM oxygen metabolism decreased by about twice as much as it did during deep sleep, creating a uniquely restful state of physiology.

This deep rest dissolves deep-rooted stress, tension and fatigue in the body leading to more energy in activity. At the same time it creates more orderly and coherent brain functioning which is experienced as increased clarity of thought, better mental focus and concentration, better memory and decision making throughout the day.

TM also increases the production of serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone' while also reducing the ‘stress hormones' of cortisol and adrenalin. This leads to significant reductions in stress and trait anxiety (worry and anxiety).

Scientific Proof

A meta-study by Stanford University of 146 separate studies of techniques to reduce trait anxiety published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology in 1989, found that TM was two times more effective at reducing anxiety than any other technique in the study:

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What the Media is saying about TM

Time Magazine

BBC News: Meditation lowers blood pressure

"Transcendental meditation may be one way to keep the heart healthy, say researchers who have discovered how it keeps blood pressure low."

FT: Financial Times "Meditate to sharpen your assertive edge"

"TM helps people 'become more dynamic, more focused, more creative and yet not consumed by stress' … 'it's unlikely [aggressive Type-A personalities] will be de-fanged and turned into a Type-B, by meditating. But they might feel less tense'."

The Guardian: Does TM work?

On 1 March 2014, one of the biggest British national daily newspapers, The Guardian, published a long article on the Transcendental Meditation practice. Staff journalist Stuart Heritage approached the topic from a very personal perspective: "First he tried sleep apps, then a flotation tank, then mindfulness – but nothing would stop the chatter in Stuart Heritage's increasingly exhausted mind. Would Transcendental Meditation, currently enjoying a revival, do the trick?"  Peppered by tongue-in-cheek humour, the article has created quite a stir in Britain. According to trustworthy sources, the interest in learning the TM technique has simply skyrocketed in the weeks following the publication of the story.

Time Magazine: TM for PTSD

Time Magazine: TM for PTSD "a peer-reviewed study finds that TM may have helped to alleviate symptoms of PTSD and improve quality of life in veterans of OEF/OIF with combat-related PTSD."

Some successful TM Practitioners




Nicole Kidman


Jim Carrey


Jennifer Aniston


Ellen Degeneres


Oprah Winfrey


David Lynch


Paul McCartney


Clint Eastwood