How do I learn Transcendental Meditation?

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Maharishi Vedic Institute

Approved Teachers have been certified by Maharishi Vedic Institute®, a professional regulating body that maintains the standards of teaching throughout the UK.

Transcendental Meditation has been taught in the UK since 1959 when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first visited the country. Maharishi Foundation in the UK is affiliated to a worldwide network of non-profit organisations authorised by Maharishi to train and certify teachers.

Maharishi Foundation not only provides courses to learn Transcendental Meditation but also a complete multi-year follow-up programme with a full range of advanced techniques and courses designed by Maharishi for the fullest possible development of consciousness. No other organisation or individual in the UK is authorised to teach Transcendental Meditation, the Advanced Techniques of Transcendental Meditation, and the TM-Sidhi Programme, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Making Contact

To learn more about Transcendental Meditation first make contact with your local teacher. They will be able to answer any questions and offer you an introductory talk.

Introductory Talk

Introductory talks are sometimes held as public lecture and sometimes they are given individually.

The talk is free of charge, and involves no commitment to learn. You can come and hear more about Transcendental Meditation and can even bring any friends or family who may also be interested. The teacher will be happy to answer any questions.

The presentation covers points such as: what is Transcendental Meditation; what you can expect to get out of the practice; a little about the scientific research; how Transcendental Meditation works; where it comes from; and how it differs from other systems of meditation and relaxation.

Afterwards you may decide to sign up for a course to learn to meditate, or you may decide to give it further thought. If you decide to learn, you can make an appointment for instruction.

The course of instruction consists of four sessions of about 90 minutes on four consecutive days – followed by a six-month follow-up programme.

Meditation Course Structure


Instruction takes place in four sessions on consecutive days; each taking about one and a half hours. The first session is one-to-one instruction where you practise Transcendental Meditation for the first time; in the three subsequent lessons, more information and instruction is given on the basis of practice at home during the course.

Optimised brain potential during Transcendental Meditation

Because it is convenient for most people, the course usually starts on a Saturday, with follow up sessions held on Sunday morning and then Monday and Tuesday evenings. However, it may be possible to arrange a different schedule if that is more convenient. Feel free to ask your teacher about this.

By the end of the course you will have all the knowledge and experience you need to meditate on your own at home; you have learned a technique, not become part of a group or organisation. However once the basic course has been completed there is a thorough and comprehensive optional follow-up and support programme.


The first six months follow-up is regarded as part of the initial course and is covered by the fee that you pay to learn Transcendental Meditation. It usually includes one meeting after about 10 days, followed by perhaps four or five more at regular intervals. These meetings ensure that you are self-sufficient in the practice – that you are practising correctly and are enjoying the benefits. They also provide deeper insight into Transcendental Meditation, and may cover related topics such as higher states of consciousness, the system of natural health care known as Maharishi Ayurveda, and the applications of Transcendental Meditation in other areas.

After this there is a continuing programme of meditators’ meetings, weekend courses and advanced courses, for those who wish to participate. However, once you have learned Transcendental Meditation it is essentially something that you can do on your own.

There are over 40 teaching Centres in Great Britain where you can learn Transcendental Meditation. Courses are taught by qualified Teachers who have spent at least a year on full-time training programmes designed and supervised by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation.

The teaching of Transcendental Meditation is administered by a national educational charity, Maharishi Foundation, which maintains the standard of teaching nationwide.

Course Fees

The course fee includes instruction and thorough follow-up, for six months, with as much personal attention as required.

  • £590: individual income over £40,000 pa
  • £490: individual income over £25,000 pa
  • £390: individual income under £25,000 pa
  • £290 (concessions: students aged 18 and over in full-time education, registered unemployed, state pensioners, and cases of special need)
  • £190 (students under 18 in full-time education)
  • Reduced rates for children under 10, who receive a special technique suited to their stage of development.
  • Discounted rates for couples, families, and groups – please enquire.
  • For private instruction, and in-house courses for business and educational institutions: please ask us to quote for your requirements.

Fees are payable at the time of instruction by cash, cheque or credit card, to Maharishi Foundation, registered charity No. 270157.

Please feel free to discuss individual circumstances with your local teacher, who may be able to offer scholarships in exceptional cases. Payment by installments is also available.

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