Various Yoga Asanas Control Blood Pressure And Relieve Tension

(January 22, 2009)

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High blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension, is a condition that affects your nervous system and many other organs in your body. The main cause of it is usually excessive stress and in a few other cases it might be caused due to other medical problems. Hypertension is of two kinds i.e. primary and secondary. In primary hypertension there are no visible symptoms and it is mainly caused by stress. Other causes include climatic condition, disturbance in your emotional state, overweight, excessive smoking and drinking alcohol. In secondary hypertension there are visible symptoms as it leads to problems in the arteries, problems in pregnancy and may cause the endocrine glands to malfunction. It is easy to detect as the person suffering might experience dizziness, frequent headaches, ringing sound in the ears, blurred vision and poor functioning of the kidneys. If this happens continuously it may lead to paralysis, stroke or heart failure.

Low blood pressure, which is also known as hypotension, is a condition that is caused when the pressure of blood in your body is lower than what it should normally be. When this happens the blood and oxygen do not reach the vital organs such as heart, kidney and brain and this might damage them. This would also increase the risk of heart diseases and kidney problems. Causes of low blood pressure include excessive bleeding, dehydration, weak heart, problem with the internal organs, a very slow heart rate, certain medicines, etc.

Yoga asanas or poses and pranayama or the different breathing exercises help to control the blood pressure and keep it normal. The following yoga asanas or poses can be practiced for maintaining normal blood pressure:
  • Anulom Vilom or Alternate Nostril Breathing: As the name suggests it involves breathing in a systematic way through alternate nostrils. This helps to relax you and calms you down and the systematic breathing also harmonizes and regulates the blood and oxygen flow that automatically regulates the blood pressure and brings it back to normal. This can be practiced safely for both high and low blood pressure and to ease stress and tension.
  • Besides this you can also practice the Adho Mukha Virasana or the downward facing hero's pose, Supta Baddha konasana or the cobbler pose in lying position, Janu Sirshasana or the head to knee pose, meditation for high blood pressure.
  • For low blood pressure you may practice the Uttanasana or the spine stretching pose, Salamba Sarvangasana or the shoulder stand, Adho Mukha Shavasana or the down facing dog pose, Bhujangasana or the cobra pose and Ustrasana or the camel pose.

Submitted by G M on January 22, 2009 at 12:28

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