BeFitBR Workout for December 2012 BeFitBR Workout for December 2012 Yoga for Hypertension Advocate story Dec. 10, 2012 Comments 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.