High Blood Pressure affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States and puts them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Here are a few ways yoga therapy can be useful for helping manage high blood pressure.
These results have been noted in yoga studies using various yoga techniques.
A qualified Yoga Therapist can individualize a practice for their clients—the key to providing the right kind of yoga is to help with specific conditions. (Some yoga poses are contraindicated for high blood pressure for example, some inversions or poses that put pressure on abdomen raising bp.)
To achieve the optimal stress-reducing benefits of yoga, practices should be custom tailored to your personal makeup. In the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy model, we assess clients and offer specific asana, breathing, and meditation practices to best address a client’s stressors on all levels in order to bring the system back into balance. For instance, while meditation, in general, is good for reducing blood pressure, a Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapist would assign a particular meditation practice that matches the symptoms and Ayurvedic imbalances. In this way, clients achieve greater results as reducing their blood pressure than a generalized approach to their condition.
I have seen many clients improve their blood pressure numbers with yoga therapy, as well as, personally reaping the benefits of reducing my own blood pressure with practice. I encourage anyone struggling with this condition to reach out to us or to a well-qualified Yoga Therapist to begin the process of learning how to reduce their blood pressure and take control of their health.
As always, please use yoga therapy in conjunction with western health care. We are stronger together.
Director and Lead Teacher, Breathing Deeply
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