Low blood pressure or Hypotension is a physical condition where the blood pressure levels fall below 90/60 mm Hg. Doctors believe that low blood pressure is not really harmful until it starts causing dizziness, fainting and even shock. Some other symptoms of hypotension include headache, chest pain, seizures, prolonged diarrhea or vomiting.

Low blood pressure can be caused due to various reasons such as low blood volume, anemia, nutritional deficiency, heart problems, and hormonal changes amongst others. In advanced cases, it may cause lack of oxygen supply and nutrients to the brain and other vital organs.

Although not as dangerous as high blood pressure (hypertension), practicing certain precautions and making some lifestyle alterations can help you stay out of danger. Proper care and medication can bring your blood pressure level back to normal. A regular practice of physical exercise like yoga can improve blood flow in the body and thus alleviate low blood pressure. Additionally, a balanced ayurvedic diet can ease and speed up the process of normalizing the blood pressure level. You can start with these simple and effective yoga poses on your journey to a healthier life:

Kapal Bhati pranayama

This breathing technique improves blood circulation, and calms and uplifts the mind.

Uttanasana

This pose improves the flow of blood to the brain and thus alleviates dizziness and fatigue.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

This pose calms the brain and relieves the body of fatigue.

Pavanmuktasana

This pose enhances blood circulation and eases tension in the lower back.

Shishuasana

This pose relieves the body of stress and fatigue and calms the brain.

Sarvangasana

This pose improves the flow of blood to the brain and thus alleviates dizziness and fatigue.

PRECAUTIONS

Sudden movements may cause dizziness or fainting and should be avoided. Make sure to breathe properly while doing yoga. Drink plenty of water and stay away from alcohol. Experts also suggest increasing the intake of salt and caffeine as they raise the blood pressure. However, it is strongly advised to consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

Yoga is an ancient science that promotes healthy living through postures, pranayamas and meditation. It also calms the mind and makes the body supple, filling one with renewed enthusiasm towards personal and professional life. So, roll out that yoga mat and get ready to say goodbye to hypotension.

Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Art of Living Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Art of Living Yoga teacher. Find a Art of Living Yoga program at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on programs or share feedback? Write to us [email protected]

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