BeFitBR Workout for December 2012

Yoga for Hypertension

Bhramari Pranayama (bee breath) -- Sit comfortably. With your eyes closed, place your index fingers on your ears (on the cartilage between your cheek and ear as shown). Take a deep breath. As you breathe out, gently press the cartilage. Maintain pressure or press in and out while making a humming sound like a bee. Repeat 6-7 times. This exercise calms the mind and helps release anger, agitation, frustration or anxiety.
Bhramari Pranayama (bee breath) -- Sit comfortably. With your eyes closed, place your index fingers on your ears (on the cartilage between your cheek and ear as shown). Take a deep breath. As you breathe out, gently press the cartilage. Maintain pressure or press in and out while making a humming sound like a bee. Repeat 6-7 times. This exercise calms the mind and helps release anger, agitation, frustration or anxiety.

Elevated levels of blood pressure can lead to heart or kidney problems and can shorten your life. High blood pressure may be due to stress - mental or environmental - and poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Certain yogic postures can help alleviate hypertension and can help expand the arteries so blood flows more freely. Postures that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, switching off your flight or fight response, can help stabilize your blood pressure. Gentle forward or backward bending postures along with relaxation and visualization techniques will help stabilize your blood pressure. Yoga is not a replacement for hypertension medications. It is a complementary lifestyle practice that can help regulate your blood pressure.