While preparing for my Yoga and Hypertension workshop on February 15th, I was surprised to find that high blood pressure (HBP) affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person can have HBP for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage continues to the heart and blood vessels. Several conditions, such as kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes, can cause HBP as a secondary condition. More often than not, a high stress lifestyle can lead to what doctors call “essential” hypertension, where there is no disease-specific cause. In addition to drug therapy, lifestyle changes are often recommended, such as diet and exercise. But even with these changes, many continue to need medication and never achieve the results they had hoped to attain.
Enter YOGA! There is a plethora of research on the effects of yoga on HBP, so much so, that I took to reading reviews, which examined the results of several studies (60+) and compared their results.
The conclusion (TA-DA!) is that yoga effectively reduces BP because it modulates the physiological systems of the body, specifically heart rate and the autonomic system’s response to stress. Slow breathing caused a significant drop in heart rate, respiratory rate, and systolic and diabolic pressure. Yoga affects not just the body, but also the mind. And isn’t that the origin of most of our stress and anxiety? When we can control the mind, we can control our response to what is happening around us. The mind and body are intimately connected. Yoga can be effective alone or as a complimentary therapy. Even a single session can result in a temporary drop in blood pressure.
The GOOD NEWS is that a short, daily yoga session at home was found to be more effective than attending a 1-hour class once or twice a week. So you don’t even have to go anywhere! YOU decide when you practice! YOU are taking charge of your well-being to improve your quality of life! Now THAT’S exciting!
PLEASE JOIN ME AT VITALITY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 6PM!
Learn how you can counter the effects of chronic stress, which can lead to HBP. I’ll share the research and you will leave with your own safe, daily yoga practice.