According to a research analysis published in the March 2008 edition of American Journal of Hypertension, practicing a particular type of meditation twice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure.

Dr. James W. Anderson, the study’s lead author, told Reuters Health the blood-pressure reductions associated with regular practice of transcendental meditation (TM) translate to a 12 to 15 percent reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and a 15 to 20 percent lower risk of stroke.

In TM, according to Anderson, a person sits comfortably in a chair for 20 minutes twice a day and attempts to quiet the mind by focusing on a mantra.

Though there are numerous types of meditation and relaxation techniques, Anderson said TM has a unique ability to bring the practitioner into a “quiet zone” that acts as a kind of “sanctuary” for a person, refreshing them and reducing stress.

Source: Reuters Health,