Pranayama Yoga Good For Low Blood Pressure Patient

By Patricia | December 17, 2008
Pranayama For Low Bp

Can Yoga Be Practiced With Low Blood Pressure

Of course, people with low blood pressure can do yoga. There might be some poses that they may have to avoid; but otherwise, yoga can be good for low BP patients.

Low Blood Pressure: Those with normal blood pressure have a systolic pressure of 120 and diastolic pressure of 80. But those with low blood pressure have a pressure that’s lower than usual. Thus, with low pressure, the blood cannot flow properly to the brain, heart and vital organs. The common symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, exhaustion, palpitation and sometimes temporary loss of consciousness. Low blood pressure can be caused because of alcohol consumption, medicines for the heart, antidepressants, certain medicines used for surgery and diuretics. There are other reasons too like fainting, heart attack, dehydration, to name a few. Low BP can also be caused due to hypotension.

Yoga Exercises To Avoid

Those with low BP should avoid postures that change the pressure of the blood in the head. So, if you’re changing from Standing Forward bend or Uttanasana to Mountain pose; Headstand to Child pose; supine postures to seated postures; seated postures to standing postures – then you must do all of these very slowly and while inhaling constantly. You must in fact, take care to do all the postures gently.

Yoga That You Must Do

You must focus on yoga postures that increase the flow of blood in the head and also those that stimulate the kidneys. Most back bends and twists are good for the kidneys. The Tibetan Rites or series is supposed to be good for increasing blood pressure.

Yoga Sequence For People With Low Blood Pressure:

  • Uttanasana (Spine Stretching Pose): This yoga posture stretches the spine and massages the abdominal organs. Do this pose for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand): Here is a pose that is good for improving the flow of blood to the brain and it also stimulates the pituitary and the thyroid glands. It refreshes the body and energizes the mind. This is best done for 30 seconds.
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose): This posture improves the blood circulation in the brain, fingers, toes and neck.
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose): This posture strengthens the spine and the joints.
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose): It tones the spine and abdomen as well as the pelvic area.
  • Pranayama is also good for these with low blood pressure.
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