Yoga and Hypertension

7 Nov

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a state in which the arteries have steadily elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is called as either essential (primary) hypertension or secondary hypertension and is defined as a consistently elevated blood pressure exceeding 140/90 mm Hg. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a silent killer because it can exist without you knowing about it. A hypertensive condition is classified into two types: urgent and emergency. In an urgent hypertensive crisis, your blood pressure is extremely high, but your doctor doesn’t think you have any damage to your organs. In an emergency hypertensive crisis, your blood pressure is extremely high and has already damaged to your one or more organs.

  • Severe headache
  • nosebleeds
  • Fatigue or dizziness
  • Blood spots in the eyes
  • Vision problems
  • Facial flushing
  • Chest pain

Yoga is not a treatment method for high blood pressure. But following are some Yoga Postures you may practice to help you control Hypertension. Please consult with your doctor before start practicing yoga.

Easy Pose:

Easy pose calms the brain. It strengthens the back. Easy pose stretches the knees and ankles.

Shoulder Stretches:

Stretching your shoulders after moving or sitting in a forward-hunching position simply feels good. This exercise is great in relieving stress and tension on your shoulders, as well as your entire upper back.

Downward Facing Dog:

Researches show that Downward Facing Dog Pose calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It stretches not only the hamstrings, calves, and arches, but also the shoulders w hich is therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis.

Supta Baddhakonasana :

Supta Baddhakonasana stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees. It helps in relieving stress and mild depression which eventually helps fight hypertension.


Savasana is the most effective pose in fighting Hypertension. This asana is preferable to perform at the end of the yoga session, because it helps the body to get complete rest and bring peace to the mind.


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