A co-worker, Cat, at the Y recently mentioned her doctor told her to participate in yoga to help with her hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension is when the pressure of the blood flowing through your veins is higher than it should be. There are a number of causes or factors leading to hypertension. The doctor told Cat the college food might be the cause of her hypertension.
Websites on hypertension:
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There is evidence that yoga can help lower high blood pressure. WebMD states a study that showed participating in yoga 2 to 3 times a week will lower blood pressure. "ABCs of Yoga" lists poses for high blood pressure. Most of these poses are mainline in yoga practice.
Vayan Mudra: This mudra is for HTN, releasing muscular tension, helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
Sit in a positions with your back aligned and shoulders relaed. Bring the tips of the index and middle fingers to the tip of the thumbs Extend out the ring and pinky fingers together. Rest back of hands on the thighs or knees.*
*From Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.