The goal of Maharishi Yoga Asanas is to establish the mind and body in a state of balance.

To help you fine-tune your practice of Maharishi YogaSM Asanas, download and print this handout ► and watch one of the video demonstrations below. Before taking the class, please be sure to register and sign the agreement form here ► if you haven’t done so yet.

It is highly recommended that you preview one of these videos prior to your initial Maharishi Yoga instruction with a Certified Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique or a qualified instructor of Maharishi Yoga Asanas. You may also review the video at any time once you have received Maharishi Yoga instruction. Thank you for respecting the confidentiality of this presentation by not sharing these video links or handout with others.

Please note: If you have any health problems or you are pregnant, please consult your physician before beginning the course.

You are also required to sign this agreement form before taking this class:  Please register and sign here ►

Before Class, Watch One of the Videos Demonstrating Maharishi Yoga Asanas

Join an Online Class—Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) or Sundays at 10:00 a.m. CT

These 60-minute classes are led by faculty of Maharishi International University and are followed by a 20-minute Group Meditation online. Currently these classes are being offered as a free service.

To take either or both classes, participants need to register and sign the agreement form only once. Please register no later than two hours before the start time, by 2:00 p.m. (CT), on the Friday of your first Maharishi Yoga Asanas class. Once you have registered, you will receive a webinar link for all classes. Registrations received after 2:00 p.m. Friday, within two hours of the start time, will be processed for the next class.

Every week, on or before Friday, you will receive an email with links for both Zoom and a YouTube livestream of the webinars. If the Zoom classroom is full, you may view the classes on YouTube.

Before class, preview or review one of the instructional videos above and the handout.

Requirements for the class:

  • Prior instruction in the TM technique
  • Comfortable sports or yoga wear
  • A yoga mat or thick blanket
  • A settled environment

Instructors for the Maharishi Yoga Asanas Classes

Both instructors are on the faculty of Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa.

Paul J. Morehead, Ph.D.

Paul J. Morehead, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Integrative Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Health Sciences.

Dr. Morehead has nearly two decades of experience in developing and teaching courses in Maharishi AyurVedaSM and Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM.

The courses he teaches include: Maharishi Self-Pulse Reading; Maharishi Yoga Asanas; and classes in diet, digestion, and nutrition. He has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program since 1973.

Sankari Menon Wegman, Ph.D. Researcher

Sankari Menon Wegman, Ph.D. Researcher, the Department of Physiology and Health Sciences.

She has worked at The Raj Maharishi AyurVeda Health Center for over 15 years and currently works at the Integrative Wellness Clinic on the MIU campus.

She is on the Board of Directors for the Maharishi School and has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program since 2001.

Correct practice of this simple set of asanas is a great addition to twice-daily TM practice and cultures the mind and body to be more settled and balanced during TM practice.

Maharishi Yoga Asanas

The goal of Maharishi Yoga Asanas is to establish the mind and body in a state of balance. These easy, natural postures help culture mind-body coordination and integration, greater flexibility, and strength.

The practice of Maharishi Yoga Asanas also helps remove physical stresses and improve health overall. Scientific research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Yoga in improving many areas of mental and physical health.1

Correct practice of this simple set of asanas is a great addition to twice-daily TM practice and cultures the mind and body to be more settled and balanced during TM practice.

In addition, students also learn pranayama, a simple breathing technique that settles the body and mind, contributing to a smoother, more refined experience during TM practice.

Take Your Yoga Practice to the Next Level

For those interested in learning more and taking their Yoga practice to a higher level, we recommend taking the Maharishi International University course:

MIU PHYS 263: Maharishi Yoga Asanas ►


Note

1. Jeter, Pamela E., Slutsky, Jeremiah, Singh, Nilkamal, and Khalsa, Sat Bir S. “Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967 to 2013 2015.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2015 Oct 1; 21(10): 586–592. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0057. Results: A total of 486 articles met the inclusion criteria and were published in 217 different peer-reviewed journals from 29 different countries on 28,080 study participants. The primary result observed is the three-fold increase in number of publications seen in the last 10 years, inclusive of all study designs. Overall, 45 percent of the studies published were randomized controlled trials, 18 percent were controlled studies, and 37 percent were uncontrolled studies. Most publications originated from India (n=258), followed by the United States (n=122) and Canada (n=13). The top three disorders addressed by yoga interventions were mental health, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease.