Hypertension and Yoga

Hypertension and Yoga

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is one of the most common diseases globally, causing heart disease and stroke. A person is suffering from hypertension when the systolic blood pressure on any two days is greater than or equal to 140 mmHg, or the diastolic blood pressure is more than or equal to 90 mmHg. Hypertension and yoga can be balanced.

Causes and risks of hypertension:

There are various causes of high blood pressure common among people worldwide, such as:

  1. Unhealthy diet
  2. Physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyle
  3. Obesity
  4. Consumption of alcohol or tobacco
  5. People above 60 years of age are more prone to high blood pressure. However, there has been an increase in the number of patients in their early 30s diagnosed with hypertension due to stress and various factors mentioned above.
  6. Family history or genetic factor for high blood pressure

Common Symptoms of Hypertension:

Hypertension is also called a ‘silent killer’. Those who are suffering from it are most of the time unaware of its existence. However, there are few symptoms seen in patients with hypertension. They are:

  1. Morning headaches
  2. Nosebleed
  3. Irregular heart rhythms
  4. Vision changes
  5. Buzzing in the ears
  6. Fatigue
  7. Nausea
  8. Confusion
  9. Anxiety
  10. Vomiting
  11. Chest pain and muscle tremors

As we can see, these symptoms are shared with other diseases; it becomes difficult to conclude. Hence, the only way to detect high blood pressure is through measuring blood pressure with the help of a professional.

There are n number of ways to avoid hypertension or, if already diagnosed, at least reduce its severity. Those are:

  1. Reducing salt intake
  2. Consuming fruits and vegetables
  3. Reducing/eliminating trans fat in the diet
  4. Reduce alcohol consumption
  5. Increased physical activity
  6. Reduce and manage stress
  7. Managing other medical conditions

Yoga is one of the popular methods of treating or controlling hypertension. It is a boon for nearly half of the population in the world!

Practising yoga ensures three things as a part of changes in the lifestyle: increased physical activity, weight management and stress reduction.

We at Arogya Yatra helps you take charge of your health by guiding you with Yoga asanas for hypertension. Some of the standard yoga asanas for hypertension are:

  1. Shishuasana (child pose)
  2. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  3. Paschimottanasana (Forward bend pose)
  4. Shavasana (corpse pose)
  5. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  6. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
  7. Badhakonasana (Butterfly Pose)
  8. Janusirsasana (One-legged Forward Bend)
  9. Virasana (hero pose)
  10. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  11. Ardha halasana (half plow pose)

Along with these asanas, pranayama is also beneficial for high blood pressure. Pranayamas increase oxygen supply to the body and hence improves blood circulation. Thus relieves hypertension and stress.

We hope you like our small effort to help you understand how yoga is beneficial for hypertension. Would you want to know in-depth about the asanas mentioned above, contact us now on the details mentioned.

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