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Yoga for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Written by: ayammie

Yoga for Hypertension Hypertension happens when the pressure in your system gets high enough leading to risks in your system. It is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries. In diagnosing hypertension, several readings must be taken. If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. Hypertension is also related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death. The two types of high blood pressure are as follows:
  • Primary Hypertension – also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

  • Secondary Hypertension – may lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Glands and arterial problems like arteriosclerosis.
Since hypertension has no specific symptom, it became known to be a silent killer. If not detected at an early stage, it may lead to arterial cardiac and renal damage. Nevertheless, hypertension can be detected if people experience some mild and pounding headache, giddiness, hazy vision, ringing in the ears, and disturbed kidney functioning. If experienced continuously, it may lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or paralysis.

In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga Lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

The following are the Yoga Poses you may follow to help you manage Hypertension. Note that Yoga is not the only treatment for Hypertension, Seek doctor’s advice before starting Yoga practices.




Yoga Poses for Hypertension


Seated Poses - Easy Pose (Sukhasana) Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
This is one of the classic Meditative Poses and is usually performed after doing the Corpse Pose. The Easy Pose helps in straightening the spine, slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind still.

Warm-Up Poses - Shoulder Stretches Shoulder Stretches
Shoulder Stretches are great in relieving stress and tension on your shoulders, as well as your entire upper back. Practice them daily for several weeks and notice the changes. Learn some basic stretches for the shoulders in this section.

Standing Poses - Stand Spread Leg Forward Fold Stand Spread Leg Forward Fold
Practicing the Standing Spread Leg Forward Fold can strengthen and stretch your inner and back legs and your spine. People with lower back problems should avoid doing the full forward bend. For beginners, you may use props like a folding chair to support your forearms.

Warm-Up Poses - Cat Pose (Bidalasana) Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
The Cat Yoga Pose teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Cat Pose may not be advisable if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.

Twist Yoga Poses - Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practice this Yoga Pose under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. In this section, learn how to perform the Half Spinal Twist.

Supine Poses - Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana) Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)
The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word 'pavana' which means air or wind and 'mukta' which means freedom or release. The Wind Relieving Pose works mainly on the digestive system. specifically, it helps in eliminating excess gas in the stomach.

Supine Poses - Double Leg Raise Double Leg Raises
A Double Leg Raise is similar to a Single Leg Raise, only this time, you will raise both legs. In doing this Yoga Pose, make sure that the full length of your back is resting on the floor and your shoulders and neck are relaxed. This section covers the steps and guidelines on how to do this pose properly.

Anuloma Viloma Anuloma Viloma
Anuloma Viloma is also called the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. In this Breathing Technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril. Learn how to do this technique for beginners by following the steps found in this article.



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Bill
Thursday 27th August 2009 at 12:53:46 PM  

I am interested in Yoga For Hypertension and High Blood Pressure and was looking at the series of poses to care for this problem. I know nothing about doing Yoga so as I read the article I was wondering how long to do each pose? I did not see anything in the poses about how long or how many.

BOBBY THOTTUM
Saturday 26th September 2009 at 8:38:18 AM  

I have impaired Renal Function, its a vicious cycle, either Hypertension causes Renal failure or unknown Renal diseases vice-versa causes Hypertension.

As I have had a transplant, but my blood pressure is still high, kindly recommend some suitable Yoga Exercises.

bala
Friday 25th June 2010 at 10:30:46 PM  

i have the following problems. 1)slightly high blood pressure 2) wheezing 3) low thyroid (borderline)
4) high cholesterol and triglycerides. 5) i used to be a very anxious person( better now with yoga). what combination of yoga positions do you suggest for all of the above problems?

jagannath Pattnaik
Monday 16th August 2010 at 4:59:05 AM  

Today i have checked my Bp is 170/110. I am 40yrs. 65 kg, 5.7ft tall doing marketing job. I do not take any alcohol, no rich food, but smokes 5 to 6 pcs of cigarate daily, . Can you advice the diet and the exercises/yoga to keep my body fit a longer time

PRANAY JAIN
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 7:43:45 AM  

I HAVE A HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE 100/170,KINDLY ADVICE ME,IS MEDICINE COMPULSORY OR IT CAN BE TREATED BY DOING YOGA.MY AGE IS 33

Nacy Washington
Sunday 12th September 2010 at 1:12:35 PM  

I took yoga a few years ago and there were some poses the instructor told the class not to do if you had high blood pressure. I did not ask why because I did not have high blood pressure at that time. I now have high blood pressure and want to start yoga again. How can certain yoga poses be detrimental?

Rahul Gupta
Wednesday 6th October 2010 at 5:52:29 AM  

My father ,age 51 , yrs is suffering from High Blood pressure. although he is trying to do yoga every morning.but the thing is we don''t which yoga or aasan would be beneficial and which would be harmful specially with anulom-vilom and kapaal-bhati ? should he continue with kapal-bhati Kindly? let me know about such information. and also let me know the correct way to do it .
Thank you !

Amy
Monday 25th October 2010 at 3:05:45 PM  

jagannath Pattnaik:
If your blood pressure is that high, not only would I suggest quitting smoking immediately, but I would also suggest getting in to see a doctor as soon as possible. Hopefully by now you have. Prehypertension is over 130/80 (which is where I am and I''m only 25!!) and hypertension is considered anything 140/90 and over. I''m hoping less salt, more garlic and more yoga will help me out since I''m only 25, but it runs in my family.

sramesh
Wednesday 27th October 2010 at 1:06:20 PM  

I HAVE A HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE 100/170,KINDLY ADVICE ME,IS MEDICINE COMPULSORY OR IT CAN BE TREATED BY DOING YOGA.MY AGE IS 39

rizwan
Monday 15th November 2010 at 12:06:05 AM  

i have high blood pressur from last 8 months. can i cure by yoga. my bp is 139/89.but still i can not take any medicine. just control by natural remadyz.age is 35

Sachin
Thursday 25th November 2010 at 7:34:58 AM  

High BP (150/110) due to emotional turmoil i suffered, i am on medication (Telma 80 & Amlovas 5) for the past two years (my age is 32). Now due to their side effects (skin issues,anxiety,headche & mood swings), i want to control High BP only through YOGA. Is it POSSIBLE.

vir
Tuesday 30th November 2010 at 11:00:29 PM  

Hypertention is different,and much more serious that blood pressure.Blood pressure is one of its symptoms.
Anulom-vilom and leg raising postures will be more effective.Shavasan will be easiest and far better.
Anybody around Mumbai can contact me on mail.I help people free.

rameshwer
Friday 3rd December 2010 at 1:00:06 AM  

i lke very much

good
Friday 4th February 2011 at 11:35:17 PM  

I am a hipertension candidate . It effected my kidnies. Transplanted. It also failed due to hipertension.
advise me.
brahmaiah.

Sanjeev
Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at 7:52:55 AM  

I am hypertension candidate my bp 150/90 after start medication before that 167/110, i am on tab. Telma 50 and tab. Revelol 50. Doctor recommended to start yoga its better for your health, my age is 41 and poliomyelitis on right leg but i can walk. please suggest me which Assana is useful and easily do. thanking you

n srinivasan
Thursday 17th March 2011 at 7:16:12 PM  

sir

thanks for your website.


i will not have even water for 4 hours after lunch
can w do the above exercise in the evening.

pl help and reply

Vijay
Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 1:28:09 PM  

Please, let me know the Yoga asanas for tingling in the hands all the time ( i dont have BP or Diabetic or any other ,neither i smoke or drin alcohal nor i eat any junk food ).

Regards
Vijay

Mansoor
Saturday 7th May 2011 at 8:49:27 AM  

I am Sixty(61) years old male. I don''t smoke and no alcaholic drinks. Do yoga, brisk walking and meditation through prayer. I am free almost from all kinds of ailments,which most of the people have in my age. The only problem I have(let me know is it problem),is my sexual passion is very vibrant in this age, same as I had in the age of twenties! Is it a good sign, but I feel guilty, while I have sexual impulses, since I am a prayerful person and have true faith in Jesus!

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Sunday 31st July 2011 at 4:22:42 AM  

Thank you for the information. Very interesting that yoga can heal almost any ailments....

nitish
Friday 23rd September 2011 at 6:58:24 AM  

i m 25 having dignosed 154/96 B.P height 5''10" weight 80kg kindly i dont dringk and smoke kindlly suggest some exercises

CHANDRA MANI SINGH
Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 10:19:26 PM  

i m 33 having 170/110 BP height 5"10" WEIGHT 68 kg i use to drink and pan masala having professional stress my heart beat often raise i m using lOsartan POTASIUM with hydrochlorothiazide kindly suggest me how to overcome this situation.

HARI
Sunday 13th November 2011 at 10:36:48 PM  

I''m 35 and have high BP 160/110 and after having medication came to 144/102. I have a sedentary lifestyle, I would like to control BP through Yoga asanas. Please suggest me some asanas.

shyam
Monday 21st November 2011 at 1:20:54 PM  

my dad is suffring from high bp, recorded 140/80 so plz tell me about some yoga which may be harmful or increase bp and should be avoud





















bharat
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 at 7:25:55 AM  

my blood pressure is 90/150 which exercise i shld do and i am 40 year old, and shld i take elopathy or homopathy medicine ,is walking can reduce blood pressure.i climb steps everyday about 5 floors daily 2times

mashhadi Husain
Saturday 26th November 2011 at 9:02:21 AM  

these exercises are very beneficial for men & women for high blood pressure and hypertension

DESH RAJ SAHU
Friday 2nd December 2011 at 11:10:01 PM  

I HAVE BP 90/140 WEIGHT 64 KG HEIGHT 167CM. AGE 47 YEARS AND NOT TAKING ANY MEDICINE MY PROBLEB IS EMOTIONAL ANEXIETY PLEASE ADVICE ME YOGA AND DIET TO CONTROL BP
REGARDS

pintu
Friday 16th December 2011 at 3:08:57 PM  

my self paramjeet n m 28 year old,i have b.p from last 5 year n m talking medicene frm last 3 year.is it possible that i want leve the medicene,control my b.p by yoga?


 
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