The Effects of Yoga and Meditation on Blood Pressure

We are delighted to share this new systematic review with you today, which looked at the blood pressure response to meditation and yoga.

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Apr 09, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28384004

Both low blood pressure and high blood pressure can cause significant difficulties for a person's health and wellbeing. We are delighted to share this new systematic review with you today, which looked at the blood pressure response to meditation and yoga.

13 studies are extensively reviewed here. 7 examined meditation, and 6 examined yoga. The meta-analysis indicated that meditation and yoga appeared to decrease both systolic and diastolic BP, which were within similar baseline ranges, and the reduction was statistically significant. In particular, meditation played a noticeable role in decreasing the BP of subjects older than 60 years of age, whereas yoga seemed to contribute to the decrease of subjects aged less than 60 years.

Authors of this review, whilst acknowledging the limitations of this research due to the differences in BP and the participants' ages, conclude that meditation and yoga are demonstrated to be effective alternatives to pharmacotherapy. Given that BP decreased with the use of meditation and yoga, and this effect varied in different age groups, scientifically measured outcomes indicate that these practices are safe alternatives in some cases. Pretty cool eh?!

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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