Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Hypertension


Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it is more commonly known, effects one third of adults. Due to our daily life’s stresses and hereditary factors, hypertension has reached epidemic proportions.

Along with powerful antioxidants that have stress relieving properties, such as pomegranate and passion flower, there are some basic yoga poses you may be able to practice for lowering your blood pressure to safer levels. As a result, you may be able to eliminate conventional drug therapies.

The kidneys become stressed from hypertension and a few simple poses not only will cause relaxation, but can awaken and soothe the kidneys and adrenals.

The wide angle forward bend (Upavistha konasana) will allow the kidneys to fall to their natural position and soothe them. Sit, balancing evenly on both sitting bones. Spread the legs wide apart. Your toes will point toward the ceiling. For beginners, a chair maybe placed between your legs. For more advanced pose, place a bolster lengthwise between your legs. Bend and reach forward from the hips, not the waist. If you are using the chair, rest your arms on the chair and your head face down on your arms. Do the same if you are using the bolster. Continue to breathe (do not hold the breath) Hold this pose for at least one minute.

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) stretches the lumbar and mid-thoracic area to stimulate the kidneys function. Stand with your feet very wide apart. Your right foot should point out as your left foot is pointing forward. Your torso should face forward. Bring your arms in T position. Reach away with your right arm and drop it to the right leg wherever it will reach comfortably. Bring the left arm straight up in the air and turn to look up at the fingers of the left hand. Be sure the torso does not face toward the floor, but straight forward. Stay in this position for 3 to 5 breaths and repeat on the other side.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is achieved by lying on your stomach with your forehead on the mat put your wrists directly under your shoulders with your hands flat on the mat, elbows are tucked close to the body and the shoulders are down and back. As you stretch the legs straight out behind you lift your head, neck and shoulders off the mat. Arching in the spine, the hips should remain on the mat. Hold and breathe for 3 - 5 complete breaths.

Camel Pose (Ustrasana) Kneel on the mat with knees hip width apart. Inhale and reach back in a small back bend, look back. With the chest towards the ceiling, reach for the heels. Right hand to right heel, left hand to left heel. If you cannot reach the heels keep the hands on the buttocks. Take 3 -5 breaths.

Corpse Pose (Savasana) This is the relaxation pose, sometimes the most difficult. A yoga session should always end with a relaxation to pay the body back for the work it has done. This takes a lot of practice as we all have very busy minds. Lie on your back with eyes gently shut as if in sleep. Arms are slightly away from the sides, palms facing up. The legs are slightly apart. Search the body for any tension and send the thoughts there to relax. If the shoulders are tense or the jaw is clenched, just touch it with the mind. Bring your attention the breath, breathing through the nostrils. Relax from the inside out for 5 -10 minutes.

Begin your practice 2-3 times a week and work up to a daily practice.

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