Yoga and Blood Pressure

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Yoga helps release the accumulated physical stress and tension that can contribute to blood pressure problems, but people with high blood pressure should avoid certain poses that place the head below heart level. Learn safe and effective poses for blood pressure control in this free video on yoga therapy.

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Hi, I'm CarolAnn with cyberworkouts.com, and I'm going to show you Yoga for blood pressure. So, the one thing that you want to keep in mind if you do have high blood pressure, you never want to be in a position to where your head is down below your heart. So, any inverted poses you might want to avoid. So, with that, the first pose that we're going to do involves doing a Cobra Pose. So, come on down to the floor and you want to be in a prone position with your hands underneath your shoulders, your elbows tucked in. The tops of your feet are on the floor and you're nice and long through the crown of your head. So, just settle into this position. So, we inhale as we open up, "Hmmm", and gently press into this pose and you just want to feel a nice stretch opening up the chest, in through the back and then, release down. Now, depends on your range of motion here, you could go all the way up here; but, if you're not hugely flexible on the spine, just take it easy. So, you're doing some gentle lifts through the chest, doing a Cobra Pose and then coming on down. Then we can add a curl with the legs. So, you're bending at the knees, bringing the toes towards the head. Now remember, if you've got high blood pressure, just gently move into the pose and then gently release. And inhale as you open and come on down. Now, once you're comfortable in that movement, then, you can come up and hold and just keep those shoulders down away from the ears, point the toes and release after you hold for about five breaths. Now, another exercise you can perform is the Bridge. So, come on down to your back, supine position. Rest your arms alongside your body and just gently fold into the floor, just melting. The whole idea to relieve your high blood pressure is to release stress and tension. So, we just want to take a moment to ease into these poses and as we calm the body. So, moving into the Bridge, we inhale through the nose, "Hmmm", and exhale as you roll up one vertebrae at a time, press the hips up towards the ceiling, squeezing the gluts; inhale, "Hmmm", and exhale, "Hhhhh", rolling down in printing. And inhale, "Hmmm", exhale, roll up. Remember, you don't want to rush; you want to slow your breath down, filling your body with nice fresh breaths, energizing the body, slowing the body down at the same time and just releasing all the stress and tension that is caught within the body that leads to high blood pressure. And you can perform about ten reps of that moving Bridge Pose. And those are some great poses for blood pressure. I'm CarolAnn, for cyberworkouts.com.

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