When you think of yoga you probably think of flexibility, relaxation and maybe meditation. However, it has been determined that yoga can be used as a system of healing. Yoga has been used for thousands of years for high blood pressure.
One in three Americans has high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is usually the first step toward heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. Specific yoga poses are known to be beneficial exercises for high blood pressure.
Lower the numbers
Someone in the United States dies approximately every 33 seconds from heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends exercise, stress management and weight management to prevent high blood pressure, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. Yoga can help with all three recommendations.
Yoga is known to lower blood pressure, especially the diastolic score. Blood pressure is measured as two numbers, a systolic score written above a diastolic score. The systolic number is a measurement of blood pressure while the heart pumps blood. Diastolic refers to blood pressure between beats. The diastolic number is the most important. Additionally, people with high diastolic blood pressure frequently develop a high systolic blood pressure too.
Yoga benefits high blood pressure through promoting relaxation of the mind and body. Practicing yoga helps decrease the negative impacts of stress, including tension, shallow breathing and elevated heart rate. It also improves physical strength and flexibility, plus may assist with weight loss, according to Prevention magazine.
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