Yoga for hypertension

Yoga is a skill to calm the mind”.

HYPERTENSIONRelaxation is a state when the body and mind are free from tension and stress. It is an important part of yoga practice. Reduce your stress levels with energy levels – relax the body slow down the breath calm the mind.

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the blood vessel wall. High blood pressure occurs when there is increased tension or pressure in the arteries the greater the pressure, the harder the heart has to work. In diagnosing hypertension, several readings must be taken if the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. Hypertension is also related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary artery disease (CAD), and may also lead to death. The two types of blood pressures are follows;

  • Primary hypertension also known as essential hypertension caused by stress and injury primary hypertension has no specific symptom other causes compromise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.
  • Secondary hypertension may be developed due to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the endocrine gland, problems like arteriosclerosis and even pregnancy.

Since hypertension has no specific symptom, it became known to be a silent killer. If not detected at an early stage, it may lead to arterial, cardiac and renal damage. Nevertheless, hypertension can be detected if people experience some mild and pounding headache, giddiness, hazy vision, ringing in the ears, and disturbed kidney functioning. If experienced continuously, it may lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke or paralysis.

Yogic management of hypertension

In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management one of which is Yoga helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities, basic classical meditative and Balancing poses, relaxation techniques and meditation. Note that yoga is not only the treatment for hypertension seek doctor’s advice before starting yoga practices.


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