New Research Finds Link Between Meditation and Blood Pressure

Harvard scientists have come up with evidence that the mere act of clearing your mind for 15 minutes each day actually alters how your genes operate.  According to this article, people who meditated over an eight-week period had a striking change in the expression of 172 genes that regulate inflammation, circadian rhythms and glucose metabolism. And that, in turn, was linked to a meaningful decrease in their blood pressure.

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) has had similar findings.  In 2009, in support of their continuing medical education accreditation for physicians (through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association), AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who completed Leonard Perlmutter’s “Heart and Science of Yoga” course. The findings included these positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes: significant reductions in stress and fear, decreased anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, improved restorative sleep, improved energy levels, Increased creative capacity, diminishment of migraine headaches, elimination of irritable bowel syndrome, enhanced happiness and optimism, reduced cholesterol levels, diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain, weight loss and increased breathing capacity.

Practical strategies – such as AMI MEDITATION – teach physicians to transform their stress into strength. AMI MEDITATION techniques that can relieve and prevent physician burnout, will be taught at The American Meditation Institute’s 32-CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive training in Yoga Science is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve stress and burnout currently being experienced by physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

Now in its 10th year of providing physicians continuing medical education credits, this unique curriculum of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine will present an in-depth study of practical meditation and yogic skills designed to help relieve physician burnout by reducing their allostatic load—the physiological consequences of chronic exposure to fluctuating or heightened neural or neuroendocrine responses resulting from chronic stress.

According to AMI conference speaker Mark Pettus MD, “We’ve left behind the genetic perspective in which everything is preordained; the belief that whatever the translation of your genetic coding is, will manifest over the course of your life, and ultimately, there’s very little you can do about it. To the contrary, current clinical research is now suggesting a very, very different picture, in which genetic predisposition is no longer considered destiny.”

Change your perspective—change your experience.

AMI’s Heart and Science of Yoga® physicians’ conference offers a refreshingly new, clearer and kinder perspective on yourself and every responsibility you face. Benefiting from engaging lectures by an accomplished faculty and instructive Q&A, you’ll return home with a set of practical tools that can empower you to make discriminating and reliable choices, and to realize that you are the architect of your life. Regardless of how challenged or burned out you feel today, Yoga Science can help enrich your work-life balance.

Learn easy, daily self-care strategies and practices to enhance your short- and long-term health and well-being. Self-care strategies aid in:

  • Strengthening physical and psychological health
  • Managing, reducing and transforming stress
  • Honoring emotional and spiritual needs
  • Fostering and sustaining healthy relationships.

CME Conference Lecture Preview


Herbert Benson, MD of the Harvard Medical School claims that maintaining good health is analogous to building a three-legged stool.

The first leg is Self-Care.
The second leg is Surgery & Medical Procedures.
The third leg is Pharmaceuticals.

“Health and well-being is balanced and optimal only when all three legs of the stool are in place.”

Harvard Medical School

“This course was  life changing. The knowledge, expertise and compassion of the faculty introduced to me a practice and philosophy fundamentally different from the way allopathic medicine views the mind and body.”

Orthopedics, NYC

“Amazing conference! Life altering. The flow of the lectures built on each other and everything was pulled together beautifully.”

Psychiatrist, OH

“This is the only CME course I’ve ever attended that reminds me that in order to be a better doctor I need to take care of myself.”

Internal Medicine, DC

“This has given me a new perspective on life, connections with like-minded professionals. Everybody should attend, and the food was great and plentiful.”

Family Medicine, WI

“This has been an excellent conference. I appreciate being able to obtain CME credits for self-care that empowers
patient care.”

Family Medicine, NC

“A masterfully designed course! I came away with actionable knowledge and practice to begin my own journey into meditation and yoga.”

Palliative Medicine, TX

The Heart & Science of Yoga Physicians CME Conference