6 yoga asanas you must try if you are suffering from high blood pressure
Yoga is calming and relaxing. It is a low-impact activity that might not help you burn tons of calories, but can improve your health in more than one way.
Practicing yoga daily can cut down the risk of chronic disease, increase mobility and also help you manage the symptoms of existing health conditions.
Even when suffering from hypertension yoga can be quite beneficial in bringing the blood pressure level down and reducing the risk of heart stroke.
It does not even put excessive pressure on the heart like other high-impact activities and is absolutely safe for hypertension patients.
Here are six yoga poses that you can try:
1. Reclining Hero Pose
Step 1: Sit down comfortably with your knees bent and hands resting by your side. Put a pillow behind your back.
Step 2: Place your hands on the floor on either side of your hips.
Step 3: Rest your back on the pillow and hold your foot with both your hands.
Step 4: Relax in this position for the while.
2. Child’s Pose
Step 1: Kneel on the ground with your toes together and hands on your thighs. Keep your knees slightly apart from each other.
Step 2: Exhale and lower your torso forward towards the ground.
Step 3: Rest your belly on your thighs. Your head should touch the mat and your hands should be stretched.
Step 4: Pause for a few seconds, then come back to the starting position.
3. Bridge pose
Step 1: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet lying on the mat.
Step 2: Keep your legs hip-width apart and arms by your side.
Step 3: Press the feet onto the floor, breathe in and lift your hips rolling the spine off the floor.
Step 4: Press your arms and shoulders on the ground to lift your chest. Engage your legs, and buttocks to lift higher.
Step 5: Hold this position for a few breaths, then relax.
4. Bound Angle Pose
Step 1: Sit down with your legs stretched and hands resting by your sides.
Step 2: Bend your knees and join the soles of both legs in front of you.
Step 3: Hold the toes with your hands and bring the heels close to the pelvis.
Step 4: Press your knees on the ground and gently bend your torso to the front.
Step 5: Go down as far as possible without compromising the natural curve of your spine.
Step 6: Inhale and exhale for a few seconds while holding the pose, then come back to the starting position.
5. Corpse Pose
Step 1: Lie comfortably on your back with your hands and legs resting by your sides.
Step 2: Close your eyes and breath through your nostril.
Step 3: Try to relax your body and mind.
Step 4: Stay in this pose for 10 minutes
6. Half spinal twist pose
Step 1: Sit comfortably with your legs stretched in front of you.
Step 2: Bend both your knees and drop your left knee on the mat.
Step 3: Take your right foot over your left knee and bring your left ankle close to your right thigh.
Step 4: Raise your right arm overhead and place it behind your hip.
Step 5: Keep your left hand on your right leg.
Step 6: Turn your neck, waist, and shoulders towards the right, to see over your right shoulder.
Step 7: Keep your spine erect and take a few breaths.
Step 8: Hold this pose for a few seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat the same on the other side.
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