Transcendental meditation is a simple, silent form of meditation. Introduced by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the mid-1950s, transcendental meditation is now one of the most widely practiced forms of meditation. The practitioner silently repeats a personal mantra, either a word or phrase, in a specific way that allows the body to relax and the mind to become peaceful. It’s usually practiced for just 15 to 20 minutes daily to combat stress. Anyone of any age can learn to meditate, and the costs for instruction vary, depending on the teacher’s certification, the age of the student, and whether instruction is given individually or in a group setting.
According to the Maharishi Foundation, which was founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to teach transcendental meditation, this technique should be taught only by teachers certified through this nonprofit organization. Certification is earned through a five-month residential teacher training course, and teachers must maintain their certification by taking ongoing professional courses.
The Maharishi Foundation classes
The Maharishi Foundation offers instruction in transcendental meditation throughout the United States. Instruction is given through four consecutive daylong lessons and two follow-up sessions. Fees are scaled to individuals and couples:
Single adult: four monthly payments of $240 each or $960
Second person in a couple: four monthly payments of $180 each or $720
Full-time college student: four monthly payments of $120 each or $480
Youth: four monthly payments of $90 each or $360
Transcendental meditation can also be practiced with local teachers in group settings. Similar to a yoga class, these meditation sessions are a less expensive way to practice than taking formal lessons with the Maharishi Foundation. Several healing and wellness centers, such as Richer Life Journey in Southborough, Massachusetts, offer meditation along with a variety of other services designed to promote personal growth and spiritual awareness.
Transcendental meditation can be taught either one-on-one or in group classes. Joining a group is a more affordable option than individual instruction. Some gym memberships offer transcendental meditation classes, too.