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  • Writer's pictureArghya Choudhury

Celebrities practising Transcendental Meditation in Bollywood

Maintaining a sense of inner peace can be a strenuous task in the pulsating world of paparazzi, where the spotlight never dims and expectations soar high. However, amidst the glitz and glamour, many celebrities turn to the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique as a sanctuary for their minds and souls. In India, the Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) Foundation of India trains Certified TM Teachers at Accredited TM Centres all around the country. There are about 100+ TM Teachers at 1000+ centres who conduct regular sessions

In a recent interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Tony Nader claimed, "Celebrities in Bollywood and Hollywood are increasingly taking to Transcendental Meditation (TM) – a simple easy-to-do meditation technique – to combat anxiety, social media pressure and the pangs that come along with the celeb tag. Among the Bollywood practitioners are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Anupam Kher." Dr Nader was in India to attend the 10,000 for World Peace Assembly at Kanha Shanti Vanam in Hyderabad

Transcendental Meditation in Bollywood

In a world where the pressures of fame and fortune often overshadow the pursuit of inner peace, Transcendental Meditation has emerged as a beacon of hope for celebrities seeking solace amidst the chaos:

Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher on Transcendental Meditation

Renowned for his stellar performances on the silver screen, Anupam Kher is a versatile actor and proponent of Transcendental Meditation. Having learned the technique, he has openly shared his experiences with TM through social media platforms. Under the guidance of Certified TM Teacher Denny Goodman, Kher embarked on a journey of self-discovery and inner peace. His encounter with Dr. Tony Nader further solidified his dedication to the practice, as evidenced by his tweet expressing gratitude towards Nader's contributions to TM.

His endorsement of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique is a testament to its significance in fostering mental clarity and emotional resilience.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Transcendental Meditation

Regarded as one of Bollywood's most iconic figures, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's ethereal beauty and grace have captivated audiences worldwide. Amid the spotlight's glare, Bachchan has found solace in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice. By integrating TM into her lifestyle, Bachchan exemplifies how mindfulness can be a powerful tool for maintaining equilibrium amidst the demands of stardom.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma on Transcendental Meditation

Anushka is famous for boldly voicing her opinion on issues like the gender-based wage gap in the movie industry or cruelty against animals. She knows that to thrive in the super-competitive sector, she must be physically and mentally in top shape.

The actress says,

"Meditation works wonders for me when it comes to beating stress, I meditate twice a day, once early morning and once before going to bed at night. It has a calming effect, which translates into better health."

Therefore, she practices the Transcendental Meditation technique. Without it, she admits, she tends to become' a bit cranky'. 

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor on Transcendental Meditation

Synonymous with elegance and charisma, Kareena Kapoor Khan has carved a niche for herself as one of Bollywood's leading ladies. Amidst the whirlwind of stardom, she has turned to Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a sanctuary for her mind and soul. By immersing herself in TM, Kareena Kapoor demonstrates how mindfulness can serve as a guiding light amidst the tumultuous journey of celebrity life. Her embrace of TM highlights its efficacy in fostering mental clarity and emotional resilience. It encourages others in the industry to prioritise self-care and inner peace.

Vir Das

Vir Das on Transcendental Meditation

Vir Das started his career as a stand-up comedian. He then entered Indian Cinema and played supporting characters in movies like Badmaash Company, Delhi Belly, and Go Goa Gone. After a successful career in acting, he decided to switch back to comedy, but this time on a global level. 

Renowned for his comedic prowess and sharp wit, Vir Das has left an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape in India and abroad. Amidst the demands of his multifaceted career, Das has found refuge in Transcendental Meditation, harnessing its power to cultivate mindfulness and introspection. His endorsement of TM underscores its universal appeal and efficacy in fostering resilience amidst showbiz's unpredictability.

In a podcast episode of 'The Ranveer Show', he promotes TM by saying...

...I would recommend it to everyone.

Incidentally, Ranveer Allahbadia, the podcast host for Vir Das, admitted to being a practitioner of TM himself. While the adoption of Transcendental Meditation among Bollywood celebrities is notable, its influence extends far beyond. Since the list of Celebrities practising transcendental meditation in Hollywood is quite extensive. 

As we delve into the stories of some notable celebrities in India who have embraced TM and how it has positively impacted their lives. It is worth remembering that in the early stages of COVID-19, after Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide, it was disclosed he had been battling with depression. Although he knew about Transcendental Meditation as a tool for stress relief, he never took the initiative to learn the technique, potentially missing an opportunity to alleviate his mental health situation.

From Anupam Kher to Vir Das, these figures advocate for TM's transformative power in promoting inner peace and resilience. As awareness surrounding mental health continues to evolve, TM stands out as a valuable tool for navigating the pressures of fame while nurturing holistic well-being. In embracing TM, celebrities prioritise their mental health and inspire countless others to embark on a journey towards greater self-awareness and tranquillity.


Who is practising Transcendental Meditation in Bollywood?

Bollywood celebrities like Anupam Kher, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan and comedian Vir Das have benefited from the practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique

 How can individuals learn Transcendental Meditation?

Learning Transcendental Meditation typically involves attending a series of personalized instruction sessions with a certified TM teacher. During these sessions, individuals are taught how to effortlessly practice TM and receive guidance on incorporating it into their daily routine. Additionally, there are often follow-up sessions to ensure that practitioners are experiencing the full benefits of the technique. Register now to learn about the TM technique


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