Exams go better with a Sixties mantra in mind – The Times June 12th 2013

Good news for kids with exams and their parents in the The Times today…..the following article was published today under the byline of William Chester:

“Exams go better with a Sixties mantra in mind

Transcendental Meditation can improve exam results as well as health and wellbeing, research suggests.

When carried out for 20 minutes twice a day, the meditation technique, which was practised by the Beatles, can boost brain power, according to a study by the University of Connecticut.

Professor Robert Colbert analysed the records of 235 students at a high school on the east coast of the US and says there was a 15 per cent higher graduation rate for those put on a Transcendental Meditation programme.

The meditating students were also less likely to drop out from school or enter prison according to the study. The research suggested that this form of meditation could reduce the risk of death from heart attack and strokes, and soothe stress and anxiety.

The technique became popular in the hippie movement of the 1960’s after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr visited India and were taught it by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Professor Colbert said that Transcendental Meditation “appears to hold tremendous promise for enriching the lives of our nation’s students”.

It has been estimated that Transcendental Meditation is practised by 6 million people worldwide.”


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