Hypertension or high blood pressure is often called ‘the silent killer’ which is a bit overly dramatic but ultimately true. It affects a great many people, most of which don’t even know they have it and most don’t try to treat it until it’s too late.
However, dealing with your high blood pressure is not all about rejecting good food and looking at your blood pressure monitor every day – it can also be fun! If you eat well and practice good yoga at the same time, keeping your blood pressure down can be a real joy!
How Yoga Can Help With Your Blood Pressure
If you’ve never practiced yoga before – don’t worry, you’ll get some help from us!
Yoga is a discipline that is used not only to make your body healthy but also to keep your mind focused and relaxed. If you think it’s all about stretches and posing…well, you’re not far off, but it’s not just about that.
With that in mind – here are some yoga poses and exercises you can try to keep your blood pressure down, and you don’t even have to get up to do them!
The Bridge Pose
You’ve probably done a pose like this in gym class a few times – and hated it! But now that no one’s making you do it, it should be a lot more fun!
- Start from the Bound Angle Pose, release your feet, place them flat on your floor and bend your knees while you lie back on your mat. Keep your legs parallel and hip-width while your arms stay alongside your body.
- Inhale and rock your pelvis while your stomach pulls in, and your lower back gets down on the floor. Keep the motion going and life your hips while pressing your feet against the floor. Try not to push your arms into the ground if you don’t have to and keep your shoulder blades on the floor.
- Hold the pose for several breaths while keeping your hips in a line diagonal from your chest and no higher. Don’t arch your lower back to avoid tension.
- While exhaling roll your spine, one vertebra at a time, back to the ground. Keep your spine neutral while preparing for the next bridge.
- Perform the exercise 10 times with slow even breaths
In case you’re having trouble with this pose, you might have some feet problem in your day-to-day life. Try finding shoes that fit your feet, like shoes for flat feet.
Head-to-Knee Forward Bend
This is a pose that can also help with your digestion and more! You can do it as a direct continuation of the previous exercise.
- From the bridge sit up, stretch out your right leg and pull your left foot between your right leg and your groin.
- Sit up straight as you exhale and put your left hand between the right leg and groin area. Turn your torso a bit, so your bellybutton lines up with your right thigh.
- While exhaling, bend down forward with your elbows bending out to the side while you reach for your shin or your foot. Don’t pull yourself and keep your neck and spine long.
- Once you reach a comfortable stretch, keep the pose for a moment then inhale to feel your spine lengthen and deepen the stretch when you start to exhale.
- Hold it for three even breaths before gently sitting upwards and repeating everything with the other leg.
When you’re finished with these exercises, you’ll be hot, but you won’t need a thermometer. Just chill out for a bit, and you’ll be cool.
What More to Say?
With these yoga poses you should be able to keep a handle on your blood pressure and stay healthy.
If you wanted to give someone with hypertension a vein finder or a pulse oximeter for their birthday or an upcoming holiday – consider giving them a yoga book instead. It could be a real help that will also keep them fit and help them find joy in their lives! Namaste!