Hypertension is also called “High Blood Pressure” is a serious medical condition. It happens when the force of blood pumping through your arteries is too strong.
When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body, when the blood pushes harder against the walls of your arteries, your blood pressure goes up. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day. It is usually higher when you first wake up, after you exercise or when you are under stress.
High blood pressure is classified as either primary high blood pressure or secondary high blood pressure. Above 90 – 95% of cases are primary, defined as high blood pressure due to nonspecific lifestyle and genetic factors. Lifestyle factories that increase the risk include excess salt, excess body weight, smoking and alcohol. The remaining 5 – 10% of cases are categorised as secondary high blood pressure, defined as high blood pressure due to an identifiable cause, such as chronic kidney disease, narrowing of the kidney arteries, an endocrine disorder, or the use of birth control pills.
The WHO suggests that the growth of the processed food industry has impacted the amount of salt consumed and that this plays a role in Hypertension.
Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses Yoga asanas, Pranayama, Meditation and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body and spirit. Modern Yoga Therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy.
Yoga is a beneficial therapy for controlling and lowering high blood pressure naturally. The gentle soothing practice of Yoga asana settles both mind and body and reduces stress, a leading cause of hypertension.
Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath, the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body.
- Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika Pranayama is all about blowing your bellows. It allows your body to have a huge amount of oxygen. In this Pranayama, one needs to fill the lungs with Oxygen by deep inhaling through nostrils and exhaling it out. It helps to keep away stress and hypertension by relaxing the body and mind. Improves neurological problems. It also improves blood circulation.
- Kapalbhati Pranayama
It solves all kinds of stomach disorders, weight loss and other respiratory problems.
- Anuloma – Viloma Pranayama
It helps to purify the body and mind. It is helpful to release stress and anxiety. It is perfect for any age. Removes artery blockages.
- Brahmari Pranayama
This is also known as ‘Human Bee Breathing’. It’s really a stress buster. It releases anger, stress and agitation. Helps to have a stable mind.
- Pranav Mantra
It helps to strengthen the mind and body. It relieves mental stress and physical disorders.
Yoga has a Blood Pressure lowering effect; it may be useful as a supplementary therapy in addition to Medical Treatment.
Dr Shilpa Desai ( PhD, Health Psychologist & Wellness Expert )