Blood pressure is a common problem faced by many. Also known as hypertension, it can lead to many heart ailments and even death as it does not present itself with symptoms. Practicing yoga on a regular basis will not only help in preventing the occurrence of blood pressure problems, but also helps in controlling the condition effectively.
With regular yoga practice, the blood flow is regulated and the risk of a heart problem gets averted as well. The best yoga pose for controlling blood pressure is the reclining hero pose, also known as sputa virasana. It is important to consult a doctor before you undertake any exercise, even if it is yoga as only a doctor can assess you fitness level for undertaking exercise routines.
Sit in a kneeling position, placing your buttocks between your heels or sitting with your buttocks resting on your heels. You can now place a bolster strategically, in a vertical position at the back with one end touching your tail bone and the other end on top, where you will place a soft cotton towel, folded.
Your arms must be placed at the sides of your feet. Slowly bend your elbow and lower your upper body backwards till your only support is your forearms. Lower your back completely and place your head on the towel, in the meanwhile pressing the shoulder blades on to the bolster.
Raise your chest upwards as much as possible and allow your arms to relax with your palm facing the ceiling. This is the relaxing position that you can enjoy by closing your eyes and holding the pose for a minute.
Place your hand on your heels and slowly raise your upper body back to the normal position. Bring your legs towards the front in a straightened position and relax for a minute before you get up.
Stand straight, keeping your feet hip-width apart and arms on the sides.
Practice deep inhalation so that your diaphragm and ribcage expands to its maximum capacity.
Hold for a minute before you release through your mouth, keeping your mouth tightly pursed, so that the air escapes out with a hissing sound. The exercise has to be repeated 3 times.
Stand straight with your spine upright. Inhale deeply, while raising your arms above your head until they are straight up. Slowly, bend forward while you exhale and place your palm on the ground and your head touching and resting on your knees.
Again inhale and slowly lift your head and torso a little so that you can stare at a point across you. At this point, your body will look like a triangle. Now you may exhale and again bend forward, keeping your palms back to the ground.
Exhale while you lower your body and legs to the floor. Allow your arms to relax at your sides. Keeping your eyes closed, relax and take 15 deep breaths, focusing deeply on your breathing.