Why pay for TM when I can learn meditation cheaper at the YMCA or in my yoga class?

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary: It's great that meditation has become mainstream and so many people want to embrace it and even teach it. However, the Transcendental Meditation technique is not the same kind of meditation that you learn down at the Y or at your yoga class (unless your yoga class has partnered with a certified TM instructor). Those practices can be very helpful, but they're different from the TM technique in many ways.
Transcendental Meditation is taught by teachers whose training is as rigorous, committed and specialized as the training I underwent to become a licensed physician. These teachers offer a tested and proven gift of preventive health care, an authentic technology for developing consciousness. I'd say their service to society is at least as valuable as that of doctors or other highly trained professionals.
The TM technique is not just a practice of sitting around watching your breath or contemplating your navel. It's a technique for transcending, going beyond thought to tap your inner reserves of creativity, intelligence and well-being, directly enlivening your body's innate healing mechanisms. It's easy to learn but requires a qualified teacher.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is Medical Director of Wellspring Neurology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

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