Yoga for Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Approximately 1 in every 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, or hypertension. Often called the silent killer because it produces few symptoms in its early stages, the condition can damage blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.

Lifestyle management is one of the primary keys to prevention and management, and a Yoga practice can be the key to making important changes. Genetics is also a major factor in the cause of high blood pressure (HBP). While lifestyle can be a family culture, it is also possible for someone who exercises and eats right to have elevated HBP readings.

While Yoga offers many benefits to sufferers of high blood pressure, there are a few precautions:

• Consult a medical doctor before any new exercise.

• Choose an experienced Yoga instructor who is familiar with the modifications, adjustments, benefits, and limitations of Yogic exercises.

• Ask for special modifications to challenging Yoga postures.

• You should avoid practicing pranayama techniques, which require holding the breath. It is important to keep a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain.

• 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: Shoulder Stands, Forward Bends, Bridge Pose, Head Stands, and Downward Facing Dog Pose.

In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, Yoga improves circulation and combats stress – two areas affected by hypertension. The following techniques are a small sample of a safe sequence, but the possibilities are endless.

Yoga Poses for Hypertension

Yoga Sequence for High Blood Pressure

• Centering

• Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique

• Standing Warm Ups

• Standing Spread Leg Forward Fold

• Standing Shoulder Stretches

• Table Pose

• Cat Pose

• Pigeon Pose

• Camel Pose

• Cobbler Pose

• Dirgha Pranayama

• Easy Pose

• Knee to Chest Pose

• Supine Spinal Twist

• Wind Relieving Pose

• Corpse Pose

• Yoga Nidra

Yoga for Blood Pressure and Hypertension

The use of Yoga as hypertension therapy is most effective when it is part of a comprehensive holistic treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem. By balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, Yoga not only lowers blood pressure; it also increases energy, improves immunity, contributes to healthier sleep patterns, and creates a general state of inner calm.

Sometimes, the exact cause of HBP is unknown. In the case of a person who has a healthy lifestyle, but still has HBP, we can speculate about the pressure of multi-tasking and the pressure of modern living. We can also speculate about genetics. Yet, throughout history people have always had work, family, and social pressures. Yoga takes the “sting” out of trying times, which makes it a viable alternative solution.


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  1. The doctor says its too high and just need to rest, but want to know if there is anything else I can do. I’ve already googled and now know that I must continue my regular intake of salts. Now I am left with no other ideas.

  2. very sexy woman. I love your yoga!

  3. MichelleakaLB says:


  4. What about a “Yoga for cancer” video?

  5. khalistaniSoorma says:

    There’s stuff like that.

  6. derusiaconamor says:

    dear Esther!i’m realy appreciate for this video and for your help!i hope with your authority i gonna convince my friend to do it.thank you again!

  7. Thanks Esther to share these wonderful yoga clases

  8. paulosteveo says:

    great yoga channel, already shared it with
    someone special.

  9. hellokhris says:

    my blood pressure went from 130/85 to 108/68 after about 2-3 months doing ths exercise 5-6 times a week plus a few others—thanks Esther

  10. litebug12345 says:

    My blood pressure went from 144/82 to 118/77 in two months. No side effects. I recommend trying Levodyn. Good product!

  11. triton012 says:

    Did you do anything other than yoga, like diet?

  12. hellokhris says:

    I did moderate exercise 3-4 times a week and I ate healthy but was not overly watching my diet…by the way I had my blood pressure checked a few weeks ago it was 100/60 ….that was after a 4 day hike on the West Coast Trail and eating high fiber instant food.

  13. Huntgoddessfishery says:

    I really love this video, but I have an injury to my left knee. Some of the things might be too difficult because of the pain, like especially the “Child’s Pose” part.

    I love this video, though, and it’s very nice of you to put these instructions on You Tube. It’s difficult for me to get out of the house.

  14. 26alexther says:

    I have high blood pressure and I’m pregnat will this be a good exersice or what would u recommend. Thanks

  15. I would really suggest finding a pregnancy yoga class, and tell your teacher about the high blood pressure. This particular sequence is not made for when your pregnant!

  16. But it would be great for you to meditate and do relaxation techniques, gentle stretches, really do yourself a favor and find a class!! And all the best of course..

  17. 26alexther says:

    Thanks for the advice

  18. I hate to be a nay sayer but when does drugs become medication? A PBS show stated that 90% of the cost goes to advertising and promotion! Did you ever read the side effects? They can kill you! Most Drs. have investment in drug companies. Hear that KACHING? That you/me/Uncle Sam paying the Drs. so they can have a house in NY, Hawaii, FL and et al. A hospital is a insane assilum and you are held captive. You cannot leave without the psychiatrist permission and they take everything. Stress?

  19. 00sheilagreasley100 says:

    Hi Esther,
    I am suffering with High Blod Pressure and every morning I get on the computer and do the exercises – It is very helpful – Thank you for putting such videos out


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