Yoga and High Blood Pressure...
What YOU Need to Know!

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This High Blood Pressure Page is Under Construction and has limited information! Always check with your doctor before starting ANY Exercise Program!

Why do I have High Blood Pressure on a Yoga webpage?

According to the National Centre
for Health Statistics,
one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure,
and about one in two have it under control.

1 in 3 U.S. Adults have High Blood Pressure! And only 1 in 2 have it under control! These are sobering facts.  So in a theoretical Yoga class of 12 people, 4 people have high blood pressure, and two have it under control, and with some people that are unaware of their disease. High Blood Pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States. This is ALARMING!!!


What is High Blood Pressure?

CDC Center of Disease Control and Prevention:           Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. But if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and lead to health problems. High blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. 

Before engaging in any sort of exercise program,
including yoga of any type or variety,
people with any sort of cardiovascular condition
including high blood pressure
should consult their physician.

- Yoga Journal

"Is it Safe to do Inversions with High Blood Pressure."

  • Always check with your doctor first before practicing Inversions 
  • if you are pregnant, 
  • have high blood pressure,  
  • eye problems (like glaucoma), 
  • ear and hearing problems,
  • injuries to your head, neck, shoulders, arms, or wrist.

Why Blood Pressure Matters?

 American Heart Association: Uncontrolled high blood pressure (HBP) can injure or kill you. It's sometimes called "the silent killer" because HBP has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs.

Possible health consequences that can happen over time when high blood pressure is left untreated include:

  • Damage to the heart and coronary arteries, Including heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection and atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in the arteries that causes the arteries to harden.)
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Damage
  • Fluid in the Lungs
  • Angina
  • Peripheral Artery Disease 
  • Vision Loss
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Memory Loss 


What you can do about it!!!

Get Your Blood Pressure Checked! FOR FREE!!! Locator

  • Many pharmacies & grocery stores have FREE Blood Pressure Check Monitors available in their pharmacies; Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • There are several Blood Pressure Checks/Testing LOCATORS available on the internet. 
  • There are many inexpensive Blood Pressure cuff & arm monitors.

YOGA Inversion Cautions:

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects millions of people. When you suffer from high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder than normal just to pump blood throughout the body to stay alive. This can lead to other heart complications, like hardening of the arteries or heart failure.

Use caution when doing poses in which the head is lower than the heart. During physical exertion, blood flow and heart rate increase to provide oxygen to the muscles.

Yoga inversions can cause the blood to pool in the head at the same time pressure in the cranial region is elevated, potentially damaging blood vessels and causing them to hemorrhage.

• Versions of the following poses may be contraindicated (Advised Against): Shoulder Stands, Forward Bends, Bridge Pose, Head Stands, and Downward Facing Dog Pose.

Aura Wellness Center

At an average rate of 80 times a minute,
the heart beats about 115,000 times in one day.
42 million times in a year.

Don't Expect Good Results From:

Bad Habits!

Bad Diets!

Lack of Exercise!

Sedentary Lifestyle!

Question: What are YOU going to do?

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