Twitter and Instagram handles around the world are filled with yoga poses today, as the world celebrates the 5th International Yoga Day. The ancient practice from India is a multi-pronged physical activity which not just vitalises your mind and body, but also keeps one fit and flexible.
But performing yoga with a health condition and without proper knowledge can be a hazardous activity to undertake. For those suffering from high blood pressure, yoga asanas that put the body in an inverted position, that is, having the legs higher than the heart or the heart higher than the head, should be avoided.
In general, you must keep in mind to never let your head dip below the heart in an inverted position. But high BP does not mean you cannot do yoga, check out these five yoga asanas which can relieve you of high blood pressure and maintain your health at the same time:
Baddha Konasana /Bound Angle Pose
This is one of the best hip-opener asanas and a great stress-reliever. It enhances blood circulations which help to control and bring down high blood pressure.
Virasana / Hero Pose
This simple asana is an incredibly simple and effective way of lowering high blood pressure. It opens up the chest and ensure proper circulation of blood throughput your body.
Reclining hand-to-big-toe Pose/ Supta Padangusthasana
This asana works your tight hamstrings and back. It opens up blocked passages and allows the circulation of oxygen and blood.
Ardha Matsyendrasana/ Half Spinal Twist
This asana increases elasticity of the spine and opens up the chest to increase oxygen supply. It also aides in curing slipped disc and increases blood supply throughout the body.
Shavasana / Corpse Pose
The corpse pose is one of the most relaxing and helps your body absorb the entire yoga session. It gives your body time to cool-off and normalise your heart rate at the same time.