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Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, natural, effortless procedure done for 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. Since its introduction more than 6 million people worldwide have learned TM in schools, businesses, government, the military, and in the public. The technique creates a “rest response” in the mind and body, in which the mind settles to quieter levels of thought and to a natural state of inner silence–a reservoir of intelligence, energy, and creativity. The body correspondingly settles to a state of deep rest and the brain functions in a healthier more orderly manner. One feels profound physical relaxation and yet the mind remains restfully alert.


What is TM?

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, natural, effortless procedure done for 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. Since its introduction more than eight million people worldwide have learned TM in schools, businesses, government, the military, and in the public. The technique creates a “rest response” in the mind and body, in which the mind settles to quieter levels of thought and to a natural state of inner silence–a reservoir of intelligence, energy, and creativity. The body correspondingly settles to a state of deep rest and the brain functions in a healthier more orderly manner. One feels profound physical relaxation and yet the mind remains restfully alert.

How is it different from other meditation techniques?

TM effortlessly allows you to spontaneously “transcend” or go beyond thoughts, deep within, to experience a revitalizing state of restful alertness or what we refer to as pure consciousness. There is no concentration, control, clearing of thoughts, mindfulness, change of lifestyle or belief involved. Anyone can learn it and meditate successfully. There are more scientifically verified benefits of the TM program than any other meditation technique, and especially in the fields of heart health and brain function. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been unsuccessful with other meditation programs in the past, you’ll find TM refreshingly easy to learn and practice.

Why TM for Women?

As an organization for women by women—comprised of certified TM teachers who are also professionals, philanthropists, mothers, artists, students and teachers—we offer dedicated courses for women’s health and enlightenment. Once you engage with us, you will be supported by a community of women around the U.S. and around the world.. Our presentations, events, articles and courses address women’s issues of health, education, professional and personal development, and mother-baby care. TM for Women is administered by a non-profit 501[c][3] tax-exempt, educational organization.

Can I learn from a book or cd?

The word transcend means to go beyond; during the instruction and practice of the TM technique, the mind shifts gears–instead of continually experiencing our usual concrete levels of thought, we experience thought is at progressively subtle, less discernible, more vague stages. If  you were trying to learn from a book or CD, can you imagine having to turn a page or trying to fast forward a recording to get the next instruction while the mind is settled at such quiet levels?

What can you expect from your teacher?

We are engaged, nonjudgmental, empathetic women helping women, ensuring that you feel comfortable so that learning TM is easy and effortless. Learning TM is not a “one size fits all” — the instruction is personal to you. Only certified TM teachers can instruct you in the authentic TM technique. They have successfully completed an intensive five-month in-residence training and maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses.

How much does it cost?

In the United States, where we are a non-profit educational organization, the course fee is currently at a reduced price of $960 per adult, $720 for spouse, age 10 through graduate student is $380. We also offer various group rates, professional rates for military, veterans, and health professionals, and corporate rates, as well as payment plans and partial grants for those in great financial difficulty. The fee includes the course as well as the lifetime worldwide follow-up program.

What if I’m not ready to learn?

If you are hesitant, please take time to learn more about the Transcendental Meditation program. Hear what other women and researchers have to say about it on our video pages. Look at some of the published research confirming the broad range of benefits. Contact us or your local teacher to get answers to your questions. You can also connect with us through social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. The best way to learn more is to attend a first step–the free informative presentation–which is prerequisite to the course but does not obligate you to learn.

Does the TM technique conflict with my religion?

TM is a technique not a religious practice. People of all religions enjoy the Transcendental Meditation technique, including ministers, priests, monks, rabbis, and other religious leaders. Because the TM technique gives the deep inner experience of peace and inner happiness,one is better able to live according to the behavioral guidelines prescribed by religious leaders and texts.

How can I stay connected with TM for Women?

You can sign up for our monthly e-news, follow us on social media sites, and read our blog which is updated regularly. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to fill out one of our forms to get in contact with someone who can help you.


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