In the previous article we have outlined that the regular practice of Yoga will bring various benefits ranging from psychological to physiological benefits, notably the decrease in pulse rate and blood pressure or hypertension. We also described a number of Asanas or postures which regular practice could help reduce, prevent and even potentially cure hypertension. In this article we will focus on some breathing exercises or Pranayama known to have a similar effect on hypertension.
High blood pressure is caused by high levels of stress, which purely is a mental condition. The most effective way to handle stress is to change one’s attitude towards the problems that cause the mental trouble. The energy required to create this change can be gained through Pranayama or Yoga breathing exercises. The following exercises are examples of breathing techniques known to be beneficial in reducing hypertension
• Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma). In this breathing technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril.
• Cleansing Breathing (Kapalabhatti): In this breathing practice, you breather faster than usual and use only abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing as opposed to chest breathing. Breathing is fast, strong and rhythmical. Lungs are used as a pump to create pressure as air is expelled.
Hypertension affects the internal organs like heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Practice of Asanas and pranayama helps to reduce the damage caused by hypertension. During Asana practice, the movements are static; hence, it requires less blood and oxygen to assume a posture. This poses less strain, keeping the muscles relaxed. The circulation of blood is improved. When blood circulation is improved, the brain absorbs more oxygen and this helps one to be alert, enhances concentration skills and improves mood swings. When stress is reduced, the body’s immune system gets a boost that also effectively enhances cognitive abilities.
Other techniques such as Chakra Healing and Transcendental Meditation are also used to help prevent and cure hypertension.
Yoga can help in developing and maintaining holistic health, however is not the only cure for hypertension; medical advice is also necessary In any case, seek the help of a professional prior to using any of the above mentioned techniques.
ATAIA Yoga is a brand new Yoga studio in Zurich town center. ATAIA Yoga offers a number of classes such as Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow. The classes are scheduled keeping in mind your work schedules.
Gilbert attends yoga classes in Zurich at ATAIA Yoga regularly. He shares how yoga helps you develop good health and maintain it