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Natural antidote to stress and anxiety

How TM relieves stress

Kaplan“People who come to me for relief from stress and stress-related disorders need an effective meditation that’s quickly mastered and produces consistent results.
“Though TM is a mental technique, due to the mind-body relationship the practice has extensive physiological effects. TM allows the mind to settle very deeply inward—in a natural way. TM teachers call this effortless transcending. It’s what sets TM apart and why the technique is so beneficial for mind and body, right from the start.”

- Gary Kaplan, M.D. Neurologist, NYU Medical School

Stanford University study

The TM® technique was found to be twice as effective as other techniques for stress and anxiety.

Effective for Stress and AnxietyThe study was a meta-analysis of 146 independent studies, and was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Stanford University: A meta-analysis of 146 independent studies found that the Transcendental Meditation technique is twice as effective at reducing trait anxiety when compared with concentration, contemplation or other techniques.
Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 (1989): 957–974.

Plasma cortisol is a stress hormone. The study shows that plasma cortisol decreased during Transcendental Meditation, whereas it did not change significantly in control subjects during ordinary relaxation. 
Reference: Adrenocortical activity during meditation, Hormones and Behavior 10(1): 54-60, 1978.
“No other ‘stress management technique’ has anywhere close to this amount of hard data in support of its claims to reduce stress.”

—Norman Rosenthal, M.D., Psychiatrist, Georgetown University Medical School


“A year and a half ago my anxiety was so great, I barely felt like showing my face in public. Since I learned TM, anytime I leave the house, I feel a fearless sense of mastery of any social situation. TM has helped my self confidence by putting into perspective that all beings are worthwhile, including myself.”

Alex Ledford
College student
Greensboro, NC

“I’m a special ed teacher—the most stressful job in education. TM recharges and nourishes me physically, spiritually, and mentally. I end the day feeling as good as I started—enthusiastic, positive, and committed to what I do. TM allows me to fully engage.”

Robert Steve Martin
Wilmington, NC

”Before TM, I felt a lot of anxiety about the future. I was restless and didn’t sleep well. Since starting TM, I’m much calmer and don’t concern myself as much with what is going to happen tomorrow. There’s an ease that wasn’t there before, and I sleep much better.”

Ivana Kurtz
School teacher and mother
Minneapolis, MN