Best Yoga Poses to Control Blood Pressure/Hypertension
The fast pacing times, highly exhaustive routines and working under constant pressure can make you ill. Sometimes, even give you problems like Blood pressure/hypertension. These problems are associated not only with the physical condition but also the mental state of human beings.
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by the blood in the walls of the heart. This may result in serious health issues including lack of strength and stamina and may lead to critical illnesses like Heart attacks and cardiac arrest. An effective way to control hypertension is yoga. Here are some of the best yoga poses to control blood pressure/hypertension.
Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
In this asana of yoga to control hypertension, you have to sit on the floor, preferably on a thick blanket or spread with your legs firmly crossed and your back perpendicular to the ground. The knees should be widened as long as possible and the crossed legs should appear like a triangle. The hands should be straight and palms rested on the knees. This asana helps to relax the muscles and also your mind.
Virasana (Hero Pose)
In this asana, you have to rest your buttocks on the floor, legs backward with the inner sides of your knees touching together and the thighs in 90 degrees with the floor. Make sure your torso is slightly leaned towards the front. It acts like a soothing balm for tired legs. This pose helps to lowers your blood pressure, works well for asthma and reduces swelling of the legs during asthma.
Padangusthasna (Big Toe Pose)
In this asana, you have to stand erect, gently bend your body towards your toes at a perpendicular angle and hold your toes with your hands. This might be difficult in the initial days as your knees won’t stay upright and will bend. But after a brief practice, this pose can be attained. This pose will relax your body muscles and is an effective yoga to control hypertension.
Pavanamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
In this pose, you have to lie down on your back, in a supine position and take slow and calm breathes. Once the breathing is paced, gently lift your legs at a 90 degree angle from the ground. Bend the knees and legs and rest them on your abdomen and firmly gasp them with your hands. After this position is stable, rest your chin on the curve of the knees. This pose will put a pressure on your digestive system and gases can be released. Pawan = gas; mukta = free hence the name.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)
In this pose, you have to sit erect on the ground with your legs in front of your body. Gently slide your left leg under your right leg by bending the knee. And then bend your right knee and step your right leg over the bended leg and make it stand. Inhale and place your left hand folded in elbow on the right knee which is pointing towards the sky. Place the right hand on the backside of the body, on the ground. Exhale and turn your head in both the directions – front and back, one by one. This will give a twist to your spine helping it to relax all its muscles.