Yoga For Anxiety And Tension

(February 5, 2009)

Hi, I am interested to join Yoga class, but am not sure what type of Yoga is right for me. I have some illness condition such as Hypertension, Anxiety disorder and I am obese (85KG , 156cm). I'm only 30 years old...I need hel


Hypertension and anxiety disorders are becoming increasingly common with the rising stress levels and fast paced lives we live. Most of us buckle under the pressures of work and give ourselves and our bodies almost no time to relax. Stress and fatigue therefore take their inevitable toll and the incidence of stress related disorders is consequently high. Yoga is probably the best solution for you as it is a wholesome discipline that can address all your concerns and with some dedication and commitment on your part it will change the quality of your life for the better.

Its important that you get started as soon as possible as these conditions if neglected can escalate further and contribute to the development of other conditions, some even more serious. Yoga is the fitness and health plan you can follow because it is a form of physical fitness and stress management combined. It will therefore be able to help you loose weight, which will in turn improve your cardiac function, checking hypertension. In addition it helps to calm your senses and body, instilling complete and utter relaxation and tranquility. Thus it will also address you concerns about the anxiety disorder you suffer from. This again will help control the hypertension problem as well, since they are all interconnected, and rising anxiety or stress can play havoc with your blood pressure.

Yoga sessions are a combination of sequenced poses or postures, executed in combination with breathing techniques. Before you get started with any yoga regimen make sure you consult your doctor and an experienced and qualified yoga therapist. Do not attempt to take up yoga without proper guidance and supervision. Once your instructor feels you are ready you can practice on your own. This is also important because there are certain poses or asanas that should be avoided given your condition.

Here are some poses that are ideal for someone suffering from hypertension and will also be extremely useful whenever you start to feel anxious or tense.

  • The Inverted Action Pose or Viparita Karani
  • The Sweet Breath or Nadi Shodhana
  • The Child’s Pose or Balasana
  • The Corpse Pose or Shavasana
  • The Crocodile Pose or Makarasana
  • The Easy Pose or Sukhasana
  • The Bidalasana or Cat Pose
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique or Anuloma Viloma
Yoga poses are always practiced in a specific sequence, so do not attempt to practice them randomly or in isolation. Your trainer can formulate a yoga plan for you incorporating some of these poses.

Submitted by s s on February 5, 2009 at 04:25

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