Blood pressure, neither high nor low is good for anyone. But this silent killer is not easy to detect. As per the 2017 survey of National Family Health, one in every 8 Indians is said to be suffering from blood pressure. Hypertension or blood pressure is not caused by any medical conditions like diabetes, heart-related problems or kidney issues. It is usually caused due to the stressful lives that we lead today. Also, being overweight, having a drinking problem, smoking or using drugs can cause you to have high blood pressure as well.
What exactly is blood pressure, you ask? The force of blood in your arteries is known as blood pressure. Generally, 120/80 is considered to be normal blood pressure. But this varies from person to person. Pressure between 120/80 and 140/90 is called pre-hypertension and anything above this is dangerous.
Controlling blood pressure can be done in two ways, by doing a medical check up on a regular basis and taking medication or you can also try the ancient science of Yoga. Yoga involves breathing consciously and deeply while synchronising body movements. This helps control your blood pressure and relieves you from stress in a very natural way.
Yoga Asanas To Control High Blood Pressure
1. Shishuasana (Child Pose)
This asana helps in relaxing the back and calms the nervous system. It also relieves constipation.
2. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
This asana strengthens the knee muscles. It can also help you cure acidity and aids digestion.
3. Paschimottanasana (Forward Bend Pose)
This asana helps in calming the brain and relieving mild stress. It also helps in stimulating the liver, kidneys, ovaries and the uterus.
4. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
This reduces headaches and helps fight depression and fatigue. It relaxes the body and makes you sleep better. It also stimulates blood circulation.
5. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
This is a meditative pose which calms and unites the body and mind. It helps in strengthening the back and stretches the knees and ankles.
6. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
This asana helps in stimulating the heart and nervous system. This is especially good for those suffering from high blood pressure.
7. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)
This is great for you intestines and enhances bowel movements. This is also a good stretch for the inner thighs, groins and knees. It improves flexibility in the groin and hip region.
8. Janu Sirsasana (One-legged Forward Bend)
This asana helps in stretching the spine, shoulders, hamstrings and groins and also stimulates the liver and kidneys. It also relaxes the brain by relieving mild stress.
Besides regulating blood pressure, Yoga can help soothe the nerves and also normalises your heart rate. This, in turn, reduces the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Besides this, Yoga also increases your immunity and energises you as well. Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself!
About The Author: Mr. Prashant Wadhawan is a Strength and Conditioning Coach cum Nutritionist at Viiking trance Fitness by Sachiin Joshi. Viiking Trance is committed to health, fitness and well being. With an understanding that fitness is an experience of the body and mind, Viiking Trance ensures that you get the most out of the time you spend at the lounge.