Can I meditate on the subway? How about the sauna?

Life is busy—and even the thought of fitting in a daily meditation practice can be daunting. The beauty of the TM technique is that you can practise it anywhere you can sit down, close your eyes and transcend the chatter of your mind.

It doesn’t have to be quiet (although that is nice). You don’t have to travel to a specific place across town to practice like you do for yoga classes. In fact, you could do your TM while you’re traveling to yoga class! I’ve meditated on trains, planes and subways, on park benches, doctor’s offices and on the beach. Some people can lock their office door and meditate undisturbed for 20 minutes at work. I know a consultant who would find a quiet closet between meetings to catch up on her TM. She’d come out rested and fresh just when everyone else was fading. Needless to say, she was good at clinching a deal.

Of course, you can’t meditate while driving. And meditating in the sauna—relaxing as it sounds—could be dangerous if you nodded off. Also, there are metabolic changes taking place in your body while you meditate, as shown by research studies, so probably better not to mix them with the metabolic changes taking place while your body sweats it out in the sauna. Before or after the sauna is a great time to practise TM.