The stress of inactivity of life can contribute to prehypertension and high blood pressure. But, according to researchers and doctors, an hour of hatha yoga a day can help to decrease your blood pressure.
“Our research suggests that patients with pre-hypertension should be advised to practice hatha yoga for one hour daily. It may prevent the development of hypertension and in addition give a sense of well-being,” Dr. Ashutosh Angrish reported in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology.
Poses that help blood pressure are cooling poses. Master Iyengar teacher, Marla Apt, told Yoga International a few including Downward Dog with head support, Forward Bend with head support, supported Stretch Pose, modified Plow Pose and a nice restorative Bridge Pose.
Poses to avoid if you have high blood pressure? Bow pose, unsupported inversions and try to look down instead of up when you’re in poses like triangle pose. Try to support your head whenever possible.
Remember, it’s your body and you know it better than anyone else! Come into a seated prayer position or child’s pose if you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
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