Yoga for Blood Pressure

With systematic practice of yoga, the body is less prone to diseases and effects of day-to-day stress. Overall the body feels healthier, more energetic.

Everyone benefits from yoga - if they undergo proper training, and continue with the practice.

Regular practice of yoga benefits the body in the following ways:

  • It improves digestion, circulation and immunity
  • Yoga enhances function of neurological and endocrine organs
  • It prevents and provides relief from chronic illnesses, such as:
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

Sri Sri Yoga attends to every aspect of an asana from start to finish, as well as the breath-work. The following Asanas and pranayamas are effectiveto lower blood pressure. They should be learned with proper guidance, before putting it into practice.

  • Sukhasan
  • Full Yogic breathing
  • Bhramari
  • Janusirsasan
  • Paschimotanasan
  • Purvatanuasana
  • Savasan
  • Ardh-halasan
  • Setubandhasana
  • Variation on Pawanmuktasana (circular movements with knees don't lift head up)
  • Lie down on the stomach
  • Makarasan with bhramri
  • Child pose
  • Vajrasan
  • Suptvajrasan
  • Stretch the legs and come into savasan
  • Yognidra

Description Of Some Of The Asanas For Blood Pressure

Relaxation in Corpse Position (Shavasana)

  • You may want to use a sweater, socks or a blanket to keep yourself warm during final relaxation
  • Lie on your back
  • Take a breath in and tense your whole body from head to toes: hold your breath, clench your fists, and squeeze all facial muscles as well as every single muscle in the body
  • Breathing out through the mouth with a “haaa” sound, release your muscles
  • Repeat one more time
  • Now lie in a position that feels comfortable to you. Keep the eyes closed
  • Mentally relax all parts of the body by taking your awareness to all parts of the body in turn, starting at the feet and ending with the head, feeling grateful for each part of the body. Gratefulness adds to the physical and mental relaxation
  • Let mother earth take all your weight, feeling the body to be very light. A relaxed body feels light
  • Next, allow your breath to relax by becoming aware of it and making it soft, small and quiet
  • Now allow your mind to relax by letting go of any worries, fears, anxiety or excitement. Surrender them all to God.For the time being, let go of any future plans or past events
  • Rest in the peaceful and blissful space within you
  • After resting for a few minutes, bring your awareness back to your body and take a couple of deep breaths
  • Gently roll over onto your right side
  • Slowly come up to the sitting position
  • Chant Om three times

Child's Pose (Shishu Asana)

  • Sit on your heels. Keeping your hips on the heels, bend forward and lower your forehead to the floor
  • Keep the arms alongside the body with hands on the floor, palms facing up. (If this is not comfortable you can place one fist on top of another and rest your forehead on them.)
  • Gently press your chest on the thighs
  • Hold
  • Slowly come up to sit on the heels, uncurling vertebra by vertebra, and relax

Benefits:

  • Deeply relaxing for the back
  • Relieves constipation
  • Calms the nervous system

 

 

 

 

 

 
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