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New Delhi: Hypertension or high blood pressure is a growing problem among the Indian population. While doctors prescribe taking medications strictly, lifestyle changes can also help control blood pressure levels. According to experts, yoga is one of the most effective ways to manage lifestyle diseases, including high blood pressure.
Yoga helps stretch the entire body and also helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases. High blood pressure is among the top risk factors for heart attacks, and yoga can help reduce the risk of both. Here are 7 most effective postures that help maintain or prevent high blood pressure.
Yoga: 7 postures to reduce high blood pressure
Lotus posture: Also known as Padmasana. This posture is the best way to relieve hypertension and relax the entire body. It helps calm your mind and brings your blood pressure levels to a normal level.
Child’s posture: This pose, also known as Balasana, provides an opportunity for calm and relaxation. It also prepares the hips and spine for movement by providing openness and length. The posture also relaxes the spine, neck and shoulders.
Cobra Pose: Bhujangasana, also commonly known as Cobra Pose, improves blood circulation throughout the body. Good blood circulation helps balance blood pressure levels. This posture relaxes the muscles of the face, neck, spine, back, shoulders and hands.
Bow stance: Dhanurasana is excellent for stretching the upper and lower body. The impact of this posture can be felt throughout the body, as it is a great way to relax the body. As our body relaxes, it controls blood pressure. This posture also strengthens your muscles and relieves you of any discomfort in your digestive system.
Forward sitting posture: Paschimottanasana bends can be very relaxing. And as mentioned above, blood pressure will drop to the normal level as the body relaxes.
Bound Angle Pose: Also known as Baddha Konasana, it is a very effective hip opener and also increases circulation in the body.
Downward facing dog pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana seems like a challenging pose, but the health benefits are equally efficient. This posture is very effective in reducing blood pressure levels. In addition to better balance and flexibility, this posture strengthens muscles and heart function.