How I Controlled My Spiked Up Blood Pressure Levels With Yoga – 5 Poses For A Stress Free Life

Yoga for Hypertension

While yoga improves the flexibility of the body, improves the concentration level, meditation benefits the soul and the hurry mind. Eating right type of foods also contribute to a stress free life so make sure you eat right and remove negative factors as far as possible for a positive living.

Sometimes I wish going back in time and become a kid again. No stress, no bills to pay and no relationship status – basically no responsibilities. Once adulthood hit, responsibilities started piling up and thus began the journey of hypertension. This is my story of how I fought high blood pressure, chronic stress with regular yoga practice.



A typical day at office and I had to fire one of my workers. Things turned ugly once the discussion heated up. I began to sweat terribly and my heart started palpitating. I was yelling at the top of my office and my hands started to shiver without a mercy. I thought my time was up (over thinking, of course).

Now my parents deal with high blood pressure levels and pop pills almost every day. But I never thought it would be my turn to have a share of hypertension. After routine procedures, the result was up. I was dealing with high blood pressure – Stage 1 of hypertension – 150/90.

Change is the word

Doctor told me to take it slow on life. It was quite evident I am practically prancing around and couldn’t wait to reach my grave. While medication is an inevitable option (at least for some time), slight but effective changes would work wonders on the body. It would take away permanent consumption of antibiotics.

Here are the changes I made in my life. I am not delving too much and focusing just only the major points. Mainly coz this is a yoga site.

  • Watch my weight by implementing dietary changes. For instance cutting out carb/oil/sweet foods (I was in two minds whether I really wanted to do it as I can’t survive without sweets even for a day)
  • Make it a point to sleep at least 6-8 hours to cut down stress levels. Since I worked for prolonged hours even on my bed and didn’t bother much about my sleep. This led to unwanted frustration and even the slightest thing would snap me.
  • Respect the body by doing a vigorous workout and control my tendency to bark at people. Yoga and meditation seemed like the best option.

Yoga poses for hypertension – yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

Once you go for yoga poses, you will understand how much chucking out junkies will benefit your body. This is because certain yoga poses enables you to focus by balancing the body. Initially it would be difficult but that’s the turning point of your life. You will get to know how much of chubby fat you have to eliminate that has been clinging on to your body.

Pranayama, meditation “actually” helps you to eliminate hypertension gradually. You will notice that your anger, the fear of letting go etc. is moving out of your body easily. The result you will be feeling a lot ‘lighter’ and more positive.

Here are five yoga poses for you.

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Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward facing dog pose) yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

You can use a prop such as few blankets for this pose. With routine practice, you can perform without the props. Benefits of this pose include eliminating frequent headaches due to stress, working on computers for prolonged period, balancing fluctuating blood pressure, diarrhea, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.

Uttanasana (Standing Forward bend pose) yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

You can use head support during the initial days. Uttanasana means to stretch or extend the body. This posture does a great job in stimulating the liver, kidney function and strengthening the thighs/knees. Placing yourself in Uttanasana calms the brain and relieves you of any stress. It has the power to get rid of any mild depression as well.

Those who are also dealing with insomnia or lack of quality sleep will hit the sack peacefully after routine of uttanasana.

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Pashchimottanasana (Seated Forward bend) yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

It is an intense stretch pose. During my initial days I found it very much difficult due to my pot belly and my chubby thighs that just won’t give up. Pashchimottanasana is great for those dealing with infertility. It works both for men and women. While in men it helps in increasing the sperm motility and control to hold the semen for a while, it stimulates the ovaries and uterus assisting in healthy reproductive organ for women.

Halasana (Plow Pose) yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

Halasana not only stimulates the abdominal organs but also enables a healthy shoulder and spine by strengthening and stretching it good. This posture also helps in alleviating the menopausal symptoms as well. Those who are dealing with fatigue, stress etc. will find their energy coming back and stress moving out of their body.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) yoga for controlling blood pressure levels

If you are fan of stretching your body you are gonna love this. This is my personal favorite because it takes care of any pain in your spine or neck area. Those who have to hog the computer for more than 8 hours will definitely feel the difference after practicing the Bridge pose.

Apart from cutting out anxiety and lethargic feel, Setu Bandhasana can cure constant headaches, respiratory problems such as asthma. It also inhibits elderly osteoporosis, pain during menopause, stimulates the function of abdominal organs, thyroid etc.

Conclusion

While yoga improves the flexibility of the body, improves the concentration level, meditation benefits the soul and the hurry mind. Eating right type of foods also contribute to a stress free life so make sure you eat right and remove negative factors as far as possible for a positive living.

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