Neeraj Lakhanpal is Co-chief of Anaesthesia at Milton District Hospital (and a DVMS Dad) and has been a resident of Dundas for more than 10 years. He joins the ranks of a growing number of doctors worldwide who recommend the Transcendental Meditation technique (or TM) to their patients.
“There is compelling published, peer reviewed research evidence that 20 minutes twice daily TM practice can help all manner of physiological and psychological problems”, Dr. Lakhanpal explains. “A meta-analysis of 146 published scientific studies (Journal of Clinical Psychology 1989) showed TM was at least twice as effective at reducing anxiety compared to other meditation and relaxation techniques including mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation. More recently, 16 randomized controlled studies (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2013) were compared and came to to a similar conclusion.”
This accumulation of scientific evidence led to the April, 2013 American Heart Association guideline statement to physicians concluding that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, more than any other relaxation or meditation technique, including mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation, lowers blood pressure and recommends that the TM technique be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.The statement also says that lower blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation practice has been associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack and stroke.
TM is an ancient technique which has been shown to reduce the impact of a stressful lifestyle by measurably improving EEG brain wave coherence. It was introduced to the West in the late 1950’s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Recently celebrity talk show hosts Ellen Degeneres, Oprah and Dr. Oz have learned TM and have encouraged others to begin the practice.
Lakhanpal clarifies, “TM is not a religion – just a mental technique. It is simple to learn and easy to practice.” He speaks from experience – he learned to meditate 36 years ago when he was only 4 years old.
For anyone looking to find out more about the potential benefits of beginning TM practice, a free public TM introductory talk will be held at the Dundas Valley Montessori School. The discussion will be lead by a certified TM teaher,
Peter Cameron, at the DVMS gym on Wed, Feb. 19 from 6-7:30 pm (social at 5:30). Any questions or for further details, please contact Peter at email@example.com or call/text him at (902) 225 1383.
The organizers have also provided some great links to learn more about Transcendental Meditation: