Nearly 1 in every 3 Americans has high blood pressure according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Beyond medication, there are a number of things you can do to help lower your blood pressure. These include: eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking (if you smoke).
Yoga can actually help with three of these lifestyle changes: exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and stress reduction. In this 3 part series, you will practice and learn specific breathing techniques, postures, and meditations to lower the blood pressure. If you regularly have a yoga practice, we will address how to modify the asanas to maximize the benefits.