It is not uncommon for individuals to have high blood pressure these days. 21st century living is fast paced and we live constantly updated by social media and checking our emails several times a day.
I could write a whole article on this alone but will leave this for another day. This post looks into how a recent study proved that yoga reduces blood pressure (BP).
It is known that individuals with prehypertension (elevated blood pressure) are prone to developing hypertension (high blood pressure) unless they improve their lifestyle.
Hypertension can cause all sorts of problems from heart diseases, strokes and even blindness.
A study presented at the Annual Cardiological Society Conference of India looked into the effects hatha yoga had on blood pressure in 60 patients with prehypertension with no other health issues.
Participants were taught a combination of yoga under the hatha yoga umbrella. These included stretching exercises (asanas), breath control (pranayama) and meditation.
The patients were randomly split into two groups of 30. The control group was to make conventional lifestyle changes, whereas the yoga group not only made lifestyle changes but also participated in yoga classes.
The latter group included a one hour yoga practice every day for a three-month period. Lifestyle changes consisted of moderate aerobic exercise, diet and smoking cessation.
Both groups were of similar ages. The average age of participants in the yoga group was 56 years old, while the control groups average age was 52 years old. 16 Women and 14 men were in the yoga group, with 17 women and 13 men in the control group.
The participants were required to wear ambulatory blood pressure monitors. This allowed investigators to track their BP over a 24-hour period. The mean BP for the yoga group was 130/80 mmHg whilst the control group was 127/80 mmHg.
Although this was only a short trial, the investigators found that yoga can help reduce blood pressure.
The yoga group diastolic reading showed signs of lower BP both at night and day by approximately 4.5 mmHg. Their mean arterial pressure also significantly decreased by roughly 4.9 mmHg. The control group showed barely any change in blood pressure.
Dr Angrish said: “Although the reduction in blood pressure was modest, it could be clinically very meaningful because even a 2 mmHg decrease in diastolic BP has the potential to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by 6% and the risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack by 15%.”
In conclusion Dr Angrish suggested that patients practice hatha yoga for one hour a day.
If you suffer from hypertension, prehypertenstion or even if you don’t, why not give yoga a go? Or find another kind of yoga that suits you. You may benefit from yoga in more ways than one.
It has been shown to improve digestion, circulation, and increase immunity. It is also proven to provide relief and even prevent people from chronic illnesses such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and chronic pain syndromes.
To get you started here are 5 Yoga Poses to reduce blood pressure.
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