Learn meditation in West Yorkshire

What is
Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique practised 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably.

It is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over ten million people of all ages, cultures and religions have learned TM.

"It is our birth right to be happy, to be alert..."

Hugh Jackman talks about TM

TM's scientifically proven health benefits

Hundreds of published research studies on the TM technique have documented its effectiveness on stress and anxiety, brain function, cardiovascular health and more

What happens when you meditate?

The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness. It is completely different as it involves no concentrating or focusing, no trying to "empty the mind".

What people are saying
about Transcendental Meditation


"TM blew everything away"

Jerry Seinfeld:

"It's like a charger for your mind and body"

Ray Dalio & Martin Scorcese

"It brought me a clarity"
"That 20 mins is a god send"

Ellen DeGeneres:

"It's the only time I have stillness...It is a beautiful experience"

  • TM is the only meditation practice that has been shown to reduce blood pressure…all other meditation techniques, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction are not recommended in clinical practice to lower blood pressure.

  • Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it's relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results"

  • According to both the Australian CSIRO and American Heart Association (AHA), the TM technique is the only meditation technique that has been shown to effectively reduce high blood pressure.

  • A 2009 study found Transcendental Meditation helped alleviate stress in college students, while another found it helped reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.

How is Transcendental Meditation different
from other meditations?

Compared to other meditations TM is different in two ways.

1. Absolutely effortless

  • No concentrating
  • No control of the mind
  • No mindfulness (monitoring of thoughts)
  • No trying to "empty the mind"
  • Anyone can do it, even children with ADHD

2. Proven effective

TM has been proven effective for stress and anxiety, clarity of mind, and more. We guarantee it.

Richard Tollinton

Richard Tollinton

Richard Tollinton trained as a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1978 and initially taught around Sussex. He has had over 30 years' experience working in local government and the NHS, both as a qualified social worker and manager, mostly specialising in mental health. Following his retirement from the NHS Richard returned to teaching Transcendental Meditation and is currently teaching in Leeds. "After leaving the mental health services it is wonderful to be teaching such a simple natural technique which can improve health and increase happiness and wellbeing," Richard says.

Russell France

Russell has been teaching Transcendental Meditation since 1978. He has taught in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridge, North London and Suffolk. He is retired science teacher and lives in Lowestoft.

TM can change your life

Find out more at an info session

The first step is to attend a free introductory talk or "Info Session".
This will be presented by a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation and generally takes about 1 hour. You will find out:

  • Why TM is so effective for stress and anxiety
  • Why anyone can practise TM
  • What benefits you can realistically expect
  • How it works – the process of transcending
  • How TM differs from other meditations
  • What happens during TM

Following the talk there will be an opportunity to meet privately with the Teacher to discuss personal considerations.

The talk is a prerequisite to joining a course of instruction in TM, but there is no commitment to learn. It is open to everyone even if you only have a mild curiosity! Feel free to bring a friend.

    • Wed Jan 22nd 19:30 Introduction to Transcendental Meditation
      Adel, Leeds Friends Meeting House New Adel Lane Leeds LS16 6AZ
    • Mon Jan 27th 12:30 Personal Introduction to Transcendental Meditation
      Leeds Reception, Novotel Hotel, Leeds Centre, 4 Whitehall, Whitehall Quay, Leeds, LS1 4HR
    • Fri Jan 31st 14:15 Personal Introduction to Transcendental Meditation
      Leeds Reception, Novotel Hotel, Leeds Centre, 4 Whitehall, Whitehall Quay, Leeds, LS1 4HR
    • more talks ...

West Yorkshire TM Centre

Richard Tollinton
Adel, LS16 8DE
Call 07557749691
Email westyorkshire.uk@tm.org

Courses of Instruction

Courses of instruction in Transcendental Meditation are run regularly at convenient times, please contact Richard or Russell for details of upcoming courses.