Yoga and Pranayama for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Yoga and Pranayama for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Yoga is the perfect solution to manage and control your blood pressure. Only yoga provides complete relaxation to your body, mind, and soul. Yoga and pranayama gives excellent benefits for those suffering from low blood pressure as well as high blood pressure.

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the force of the blood in the arteries. When our heart beats, it pumps blood around the body to give energy and oxygen. In this blood flows against the walls of arteries. This strength of flowing blood is called blood pressure. If your blood pressure is high then it may lead to heart problems like heart attack and blockages in arteries. This high blood pressure is called as hypertension.

Cause of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

  1. Stress.
  2. A high amount of salt in food.
  3. No exercise.
  4. Smoking.
  5. Alcohol.
  6. Weight gain.

Cause of Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)

  1. Dehydration – Due to vomiting, diarrhea or by fever.
  2. Thyroid problems.
  3. Low blood sugar.
  4. Heart problems.
  5. Nervous system disorder.
  6. Maybe due to medication to treat high blood pressure.
  7. Pregnancy- Blood vessels expands during pregnancy and the blood pressure decreases. But these changes are normal and goes after delivery.

Readings of Blood Pressure

Blood pressure recorded as the Systolic pressure (when the heart beats) and Diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes).  BP is measured in mm Hg (millimeters of mercury).

  1. In a healthy person, the BP is 120 mm / 80 mm, that is systolic 120mm and diastolic is 80mm.
  2. lower blood pressure – below 90/60mm.
  3. High-normal blood pressure – between 120/80mm and 140/90mm.
  4. High blood pressure – equal to or more than 140/90mm

Benefits of Yoga for Controlling High Blood Pressure

  1. Yoga relaxes body, mind, and soul.
  2. Controls blood pressure.
  3. Cures depression, stress, and anxiety.
  4. Improves blood circulation in the body.
  5. Reduces heart problems like heart attack and strokes.
  6. Strengthens the mind.
  7. Cures insomnia (Sleeping Disorder).
  8. Removes toxins from the body.
  9. Gives positive energy.
  10. Helps to control anger.
  11. Supplies more oxygen and blood to various organs of the body.
  12. Yoga helps to manage your lifestyle.
  13. Increases positive thinking.
  14. Improves immunity.
  15. Improves concentration.

Yoga For Blood Pressure

Seven pranayamas are the complete breathing exercises which removes negative energy from the body and supplies positive energy. Pranayama brings stability to mind and soul.

Pranayama for High Blood Pressure and Low Blood Pressure.

  1. Bhastrika Pranayama
  2. Kapalbhati Pranayama
  3. Bahya pranayama
  4. Anulom Vilom Pranayama and Nadi Shodhan
  5. Bharmari Pranayama
  6. Udggeth Pranayama
  7. Pranav Pranayama
  8. Shavasana

Yoga Poses for High Blood Pressure and Low Blood Pressure

  1. Balasana – Child pose
  2. Vajrasan
  3. Paschimotanasan
  4. Pawanmuktasana – wind removing pose.
  5. Shavasana – Sleeping straight on back
  6. Marjarisana- Cat pose

Yoga Tips for Managing and Controlling Blood Pressure

  1. More vegetables and fruits.
  2. Eat less salt
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Include fish if you can.
  5. Say not to dairy products.
  6. Control your anger
  7. Control your weight.
  8. Avoid alcohol
  9. Become more active.
  10. Regular blood check up
  11. Yoga poses and Pranayama.

Precautions for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension.

  1. Consult your doctor first before practice yoga. Practice yoga under expert guidance.
  2. A high blood pressure patient should not overdo any exercise. All pranayama should be done slowly.
  3. Women should not practice during periods.

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  2. Diabetes Symptoms – How Yoga Control and Cure Diabetes?
  3. Yoga for Kidney Failure – How Kapalbhati Pranayama Cures kidney?
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  6. Top Yoga Exercises For Weight Loss
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  8. Cure Depression Stress And Anxiety By Yoga And Pranayama
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18 Comments

  • Really good article! Yoga is really beneficial for physical as well as psychological health. It clears your brains of thoughts, helps to remain calm, improves focus, relaxes the body, keeps an emotional balance, calms and refreshes the mind, and thus helps to maintain normal blood pressure.

  • Hi.iam ashwini.since one month iam taking medicine for high bp.150/90.I have started pranayam.i want to know for how many minutes I need to do kapalabhati.please suggest.

  • Thanks for sharing this information. For controlling the high blood pressure there is a various method . Nowadays yoga is a good therapy to control high blood pressure easily.

  • I have high blood pressure 180/100 as well as Heart rate is also high 112. My Doctor presribed me medication for both, but it is not getting in to control. I started doing Pranayams but still not getting control. Please suggest

  • Hi My name is sandeep and my age is 28 ihave high BP 140/90 plz suggest for curing the problem and i having snoring problem plz suggest

  • Sir,
    Which pranayama and yoga u will recommend the patient who having both High BP and diabetes problem..

  • Nice post to inspire people to do yoga. There are many people out there who are patients of High BP. I m also high BP patient and I do yoga regularly. Because of yoga only I m successful in keeping it under control in such hectic life.

  • I am 77 years of age and have been a diabetic (hereditary) for last 13 years. Though not an overweight and fairly active when so diagnosed at the time of detection, most treatments did not not control my sugar levels behaviour for first 5 years. That made me adopt Yoga with firmer commitment. Now for last 10 years, I practice yoga and pranayam every day (barring aberrations) and have greatly modified my food intake to vegetable fibre and millets, curds with cinnamon and raw haldi, amla and methi powders in the mornings. I joyfully conduct two yoga sessions in my locality, work on computers 5-6 hrs a day, drive around in horrible traffic, take very vigorous walk every evening and have ZERO bodily complaints. My message: Shake-off laziness, take charge, live a day with resolve, zest and commitment.

  • am 54 yrs with mild blood pressure have been exersisig and pranayam regularly but i made to beleive kapalbati is not gud for me and dnt enjoy pranaym without it am not on medication pls advise

  • My creatinine level is not dropping from 1.8. Have been doing kapalbhatti & Anulom vilom for last six months. Pls suggest ways to bring down the creatinine. Thanks.

  • High blood pressure is medically referred to as hypertension. Blood pressure is expressed as systolic and diastolic pressures. http://www.Internationaldrugmart.com

  • Hi
    I have been diagnosed with high BP in Nov 2013 (37 year old). My readings were 200/110. Though advised medication, i stayed away from it and practicing Pranayama (all seven types). However, my BP though after a year continues to be on the higher side i.e. 160-170/90.
    I learnt the pranayama through seeing aastha channel (Baba Ramdev program). Though overall i feel good, what duration it takes to control the BP completely solely through pranayama

  • Iam on dialysis. High bp and high sugar. From last 25years. My age 63. I stay at Mumbai. Borivali west

    • Hello sir,

      There are so many kidney patient getting cure by practicing only seven pranayama. Kapalbhati pranayama is the best breathing exercise to cure your kidney completely. Yes it is true. Practice all seven pranayama in the morning and evening. You are suffering from high bp and sugar so practice slowly. Seven pranayama is the complete solution to cure your all problems which you are suffering from. Practice each pranayama for 5 minutes for 3 months and see positive results in your kidney. You will stay away from dialysis. But positive thinking is important.

      Precaution
      You are suffering from high bp so there should be 3 exhalation in 6 seconds in kapalbhati pranayama. Practice all seven pranayama very slowly. Should not over do. This will cure your all problems completely. But regular practice should be there.

      Read more
      http://eyogaguru.com/yoga-pranayama-high-blood-pressure-hypertension/

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