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    Over the next several months, the teacher regularly meets with practitioners to ensure correct technique.

    People practice TM twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes. That usually means once in the morning before breakfast and once in the afternoon before dinner.

    TM does not require any strenuous effort. Nor does it require concentration, or contemplation. Instead, students are told to breathe normally and focus their attention on the mantra.

    A few reports suggest that meditation can cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric conditions or produce feelings of disorientation and anxiety. Some experts, however, feel that TM might actually help some people with anxiety. If you have an existing mental condition, consult your doctor before starting TM. Also let your meditation instructor know about your condition.

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 16, 2015
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