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Yoga to manage hypertension

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Rapid globalisation and modernisation have brought in various lifestyle-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a public health concern. It is one of the preventable or reversible lifestyle disorder. Although lifestyle modification is the cornerstone of high blood pressure (HBP) treatment, most of the recommendations emphasise on diet and exercise part of it only. The stress reduction part of lifestyle modification, usually do not receive due attention. One of the evolving strategies for managing high blood pressure, which is finding increasing acceptance is ‘Yoga’.

In this article let us review, some of the yogic practices that are beneficial for hypertension.

Yogic management of hypertension

Yoga is a combination of Asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and relaxation techniques. According to research, hypertensives who practice yoga regularly for one hour daily recorded a reduction in their blood pressure. However, the yoga practices should be learnt under the supervision of a Yoga expert and in consensus with your health care provider.

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