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The mind and body are intimately correlated in their functioning. During the Transcendental Meditation practice, the mind settles down to more restful states of experience. As this happens, the metabolic rate slows. The result is a deep relaxation that reduces stress hormones, fatigue, and physical imbalances—the root causes of disease–and increases energy and stamina. Experienced twice a day, this deep rest leads to a wide array of health benefits including normalized blood pressure, reduced atherosclerosis, decreased insomnia, fewer tumors, greater resiliency, and overall longevity.
A meta-analysis of all available physiological research on the TM program found that it produces a state of deep rest compared to control conditions, as measured by reduced respiration rate, reduced basal skin conductance (increased skin resistance), and reduced plasma lactate.