5 Simple Yoga Techniques Guaranteed To Reduce Your Blood Pressure!
By Kailash Misty
High blood pressure is one of the most prevailed ailments in the world right now. It affects different people from different ages and different races.
Blood pressure is a term used to describe the pressure of the blood inside the blood vessels and is measured with a sphygmomanometer. A desirable or considered ‘normal’ blood pressure is approximately 120/80 millimetre of mercury (mm Hg). However 1 in 3 adults over the age of 38 are a victim of this silent killer causing heart attacks and strokes.
There are several drugs available to control high blood pressure but more and more people are now opting for alternative non-drug remedies due to the many worrying side-effects. According to research conducted by Dr Debbie Cohen at the University of Pennsylvania,
“Yoga is considered to be one of the best methods used to control high blood pressure and your chances of falling victim to other chronic illness.”
In Yoga we have 5 simple steps to take control of your blood pressure.
#1 - Breathing exercises - so simple yet so obvious that we so often take them for granted. We ignore the power breathing has to affect our body, mind and spirit. With each inhalation, we bring oxygen into our body and spark the transformation of nutrients into fuel. Each exhalation rids the body of carbon dioxide, a toxic waste. Breathing also influences our state of mind.
#2 Simple stretches & Postures – Try the Mountain, Tree and Triangle (see below)
#3 - Relaxation techniques - Yoga is one of the best methods of reducing anxiety and stress. It is one of the few forms of exercise that directly tap the autonomous nervous system and the endocrine system and help to correct any imbalances in these two important systems that are so important for anxiety related disorders.
#4 – Meditation - Perhaps the most important component of Yoga that helps in reducing anxiety is meditation. Yoga meditation techniques allow one to shut out the world and focus on the task at hand with clarity and concentration. Regular practice of these techniques also helps the body and the mind to work in harmonious tandem with each other. This enables you to identify and treat the root causes of anxiety on your own in a natural way.
A good yoga teacher near you should be able to teach and guide you with a plan for daily practice.