How to Control Blood Pressure through Yoga

The science of Yoga is rapidly gaining popularity in the modern world. Over the past years, researchers have proven the efficacy of Yoga in both mental and physical fitness and its effectiveness in controlling health parameters such as metabolic rates, heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.

Habitual yoga practise helps alleviate anxiety and stress. It also gives the body a mild, yet efficient way of exercise. Paschimottana Asana or forward bends help to reduce stress, increase blood flow to the brain, provides a soothing effect on the nervous system, and reduces high blood pressure. With gravitational force, inverted postures, for instance Sarvanga Asana and Hala Asana, provide natural blood flow to the brain. These postures help regularise blood pressure and nurture the brain. Yoga meditation techniques and breathing exercises (Pranavama) have been proven to be highly beneficial for those who suffer from high blood pressure and also help lessen stress. Also, pure and simple – a Sattvic diet must be considered. This means that one’s diet should be mainly vegetarian and consist of fresh fruits, salads and bland and natural foods that are high in fibre. In addition, since hypertension is often triggered by stress. it is advisable to practise the Shavasana (Corpse Pose), as Shavasana is ideal for relaxation.

Hypertension, typically referred to as high blood pressure is nothing to worry about. Modern day medicines offer various wonderful medicine that promise to help and control the symptoms of hypertension. However, these medicines only treat or prevent the symptoms, what you actually need is to get to the main root of hypertension, that is by travelling way back to practises of the early ages and enter the enchanting world of Yoga.