Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center will be offering a transcendental meditation course this winter and spring.

Transcendental meditation (TM) is the practice of sitting quietly and comfortably with eyes closed for 15-20 minutes twice a day, according to Caitlin Moore, health educator at the Sullivan Center.

“The TM technique enriches all aspects of life because it attends to the most basic level: the quality of one’s consciousness,” Moore said. “Its daily practice leads to numerous benefits including decreased anxiety, normalized blood pressure, and longer lifespan.”

The course is typically only held at the Transcendental Meditation Center in Asheville, N.C., but instructors will travel to Clemson to teach the course at a discounted rate. Classes are $960 for adults, $800 for health professionals and $360 for students.  Discounted rates are available through Jan. 31.

The National Institutes of Health has granted more than $25 million to research the transcendental meditation technique. It is the only meditation practice recommended by the American Heart Association.

A lunch and learn session will be held at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28,, at the Sullivan Center. Contact the center at 864-656-3076 or for more information.

Located on the first floor of Edwards Hall on the Clemson campus, the Joseph F. Sullivan Center is a nurse-managed health center that provides health services to Clemson employees, and community outreach programs to rural and underserved communities and individuals. Sullivan Center is part of Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development.